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Old 04-29-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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Mandrake 10 freezes pc :(


Hi,
Maybe this question has been asked already many times..sorry if I were not able to find the right thread. Me is a linux newbie.
I recently tested several distros to find out what suits best to me(RH9, Fedora, Suse and Mandrake 10). I liked the MDK most and so I am sticking with it. But there is a problem I am having. After some hours of work my sys completly freezes. It just freezes...sound is freezing and repeating short buffer plus I have noticed that HDD led stays on at that moment and wont go off. Only way out from it is a reset.
I am using:
Mandrake 10
P4 2.6 HT
Abit IS7-E i865 mobo
Creative Live! 5.1 sound card(ALSA)
Sapphire ati Radeon 9600pro
default kernel 2.6.3.4..also tried smp and enterprise kernels but they acted same way.
I have no idea what is causing that..maybe some kind of common known bug with especcialy that platform?
Any ideas greatly appreciated
 
Old 05-03-2004, 01:40 PM   #2
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Probably nothing freezes a Linux system more than X. My guess would be that during each and every of these lockups X was running. I had a similar issue with my laptop and a "ATI Radeon Mobility M6" video card.

To resolve this issue I commented out:
Load "dri"
in my XF86Config-4 file.

This is a really tough question to answer since there are so many possible causes, but with that said in my 5+ years experience with Linux only X problems have caused this sort of behavior. Once with a buggy version of "xawtv" which needed to be upgraded, then a Number 9 video card to support an SGI Flat-panel display which would always lockup, and of coarse most recently with the issue above.
 
Old 05-05-2004, 03:21 AM   #3
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Hmm...thats what I was suspecting too...plus most of the lockups happened directly while I was running maya. But if I disable DRI..this basically means that I will loose hardware accelerated OGL functionality..no?
Some time ago I found out that ATI and Linux just dont fit together very well. I am in a process of getting a decent nvidia card right now but would like to find out what is the problem anyway..if nothing else then just out of curiosity.
 
Old 05-05-2004, 09:48 AM   #4
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> But if I disable DRI..this basically means that I will loose hardware accelerated OGL
> functionality..no?

This is true, but unless your playing a lot of games you shouldn't notice a difference however, maya looks like it uses OpenGL, so I understand your point.

It appears your system crashes on you at least once a day. If you comment out DRI support and your system still locks up then at least you can rule this out has an issue.

If you are using a lot of OpenGL applications I would suggest using Accelerated-X over XFree86. It will cost some money (under $50, as much as a PC game) but their OpenGL implementation and graphics driver are more mature and updated more often, plus you can call someone on problems like this.

I used Accelerated-X to fix my Number 9 card problem (Accelerated-X had a better driver).
 
Old 05-05-2004, 09:52 AM   #5
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I had the same lockups in KDE and Mandrake 10, with an ATI card.
Rolling back to Mandrake 10 CE cleared this problem - no more lockups.
 
Old 05-08-2004, 10:47 AM   #6
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Same problems here.... MDK10CE, AthlonXP 1800+, NVidia GeForce card, latest 2.6.3-9mdk kernel. Seems to blow its mind when I try to transfer files across the network (NFS, Samba, or FTP). This very same hardware has run RedHat, SuSE and Debian without a hitch. Beginning to wonder about Mandrake. Aside from this obvious lack of stability, I really like the rest of the distro.
 
Old 05-10-2004, 10:20 AM   #7
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Ok..I changed my ATI card to NVIDIA card and all problems are gone...system runs super fine. It is not only that ATI was causing system stability in X environment...but Nvidia is much much faster too and overall compatiblity is way much better. Guess it is a minimum requirment if you want to have a stable linux box...nvidia is the way to go if you want fast and stable hardware accelerated open gl.
 
  


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