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Old 06-14-2001, 09:38 AM   #1
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The Mandrake 8 installation was the easiest ever. However, now I find that I cannot run Linux for more than 2-3 minutes without the computer locking up. The machine is an HP Laptop, Celeron 650, 64 MB, 10 GB hard drive so it should run fine. Is there anything I don't need that I can disable to get it to run better? Also, are there any keyboard commands to do a soft reset? I don't like having to do a a hard reset every time it locks up.

I forgot to mention the video chip is the S3 Savage and the more I read the more it seems like this might be causing my problems.

[Edited by chill182 on 06-14-2001 at 09:55 AM]
Old 06-16-2001, 12:10 AM   #2
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I was experiencing that same problem
using KDE. I was getting a lot of
pixel trash, X-CD-Roast window would
not load, and the screen would completely
lock up. I coudn't get it to do anything
so I chose to reboot the machine, power
on/off. MISTAKE!! The boot proccess
could not fix the errors created by not
cleanly unmounting the filesystem. So
uninstall and reinstall.

Anyway, to get to the point. My box
crashed twice running KDE (2.0 or
whatever came on the 8.0 install CD).
So I think to myself:

"Self, maybe KDE is the problem".

I reinstalled and used BlackBox,
which I like more anyway. Not one problem.

Moral of the story: "Maybe KDE is the problem".

[Edited by sykkn on 06-16-2001 at 12:15 AM]
Old 10-10-2001, 02:04 PM   #3
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I have the same problem with Mandrake 8.1. I found a workaround running xcdroast-0.96 for Redhat Linux 6.x.

Download the following packages (Redhat):


Install xcdroast: rpm -ivh --nodeps xcdroast-*.rpm

Convert the other packages to cpio (rpm2cpio) and extract the following libs:

Copy these files to a separate lib directory (not /usr/lib, you'll probabely run into troubles when you install upgrades of Mandrake). I've installed mine in /usr/lib/xcdroast-0.96ex/lib

Create a script to setup the environment and call xcdroast:




Run the script as root user and you'll have xcdroast. It's an older version, but this one works.

Good luck.
Old 03-31-2002, 06:49 AM   #4
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chill182 I had a similiar yet not so intense a problem which started as soon as I intalled a second and then third viedo card. At times X would freeze. I could move my mouse but that was it - the system would lock. Ctrl-Alt-Bksp would not kill X. Infact I could not even turn off the num locks or turn on caps lock. It appeared as though the whole system would lock up, yet I could telnet in remotely, kill X and then everything woudl come back (a pain but better than rebooting). I had tried using KDE, GNOME, WindowMaker and Blackbox all with the same result. Tried using XFree86 3.3.6, 4.0 and 4.1. Nothing seemed to help. Spent hours and hours playing with XF86Config thinking possibly something was concliting in there. To make short of an already too long story I replaced 2 of my video cards with 2 new TNT2 cards, reconfigured X and now all three displays work like a champ. The problem was my ATI ALL-IN-WONDER Mach64 cards. If you keyboard is locking up and you can do nothing but a hard set then you might want to consider trying a different video card with a different chipset than the one you are currently using. And I suggest staying away from any ATI card with a Mach64 chipset (I have an ATI Rage Pro AGP2x that work smooth on my system). Just a thought because it made all the differnce in X stability on my machine..


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