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cmgleipzig 07-01-2004 10:34 PM

Automatic restart
I've recently started using Linux more than Windows on my home machine (partitioned Windows ME and SuSE 8.2). But when I'm typing, the system will sometimes just automatically restart - I can't figure out what key(s) I'm hitting that are making it do it (or is there another reason?), but it's really annoying. Does anyone have any ideas? Is there a key combination that restarts your machine? I've searched SuSE's help database to no avail, and there doesn't seem to be anything already here addressing this problem. Thanks for your help in advance!

zatriz 07-01-2004 11:15 PM

I know that in redhat ctrl-alt-del combination will do a restart
i believe suse might have the same issue.
and if that is what you are doing to cause the computer to reboot take a look at the /etc/inittab file

rylan76 07-02-2004 02:57 AM


If the system restarts by itself when you type *anything* I am guessing you have some severe hardware incompatibility with Suse and your hardware, causing a spontaneous reboot. The only fix might be to drop Suse and try another distro, or to install your Suse on another PC and see if it still happens. If it does, its the software's fault (i. e. Linux is incompatibile with both machines tested) if it does not, there is either a hardware fault on your personal machine or Linux is incompatible with that machine.

Linux should never, ever do what you describe, i. e. reboot spontaneously if you type on the keyboard.

cmgleipzig 07-03-2004 12:59 PM

Thanks - not when I type anything, and not ctrl+alt+del either
Thanks, zatriz and Rylan76, for your suggestions - it's not because I'm pressing ctrl+alt+del, because it always happens when I'm typing email, or something on a forum (like this), etc. It seems to be when I'm inadvertently hitting several keys at once - like shift and a letter; perhaps I'm accidentally pressing ctrl, too? And it's not all the time - just sometimes. The reason I think it's me pressing something accidentally is that if I slow down my typing, it doesn't happen, hence I think perhaps it's because I hit a key accidentally when my fingers fly.

I'll take a look at the file you suggested, zatriz, when I get back to my computer at home (I'm away for the weekend now).

gkjjehunter 07-14-2004 09:28 PM

me too
it happens to me in forums and hotmail. what's up? is my pc possessed? i have win2000pro with an athlon2500.

scuzzman 07-14-2004 11:03 PM

1) Ctrl+Alt+Del is not an "issue" it's a feature
2) the keyboard leyout is probably just off. Are you running X? If so, re-run your xf86config and choose a different layout and try that

fsbooks 07-14-2004 11:44 PM

It could be the power supply. In my experience a failing, inadequate powersupply is the most common problem in unexplained hardware problems.

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