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Old 09-20-2004, 05:29 PM   #31
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I'm still going strong, no freezes... But, no BitTorrent applications still. Seems like I may have found my "solution"...

I'm still puzzled as to what it is about those applications that causes a system freezeup/panic..
Old 09-22-2004, 02:39 PM   #32
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Have anybody tried to turn off the screensaver??
Old 09-22-2004, 09:59 PM   #33
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I have mine set to off (blank screen), but I have no idea how to turn that off as well (ie, don't go to blank screen)..

Still no crashes, btw, so I'm 99.9% sure it was caused by BitTorrent.
Old 09-28-2004, 06:20 PM   #34
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SOLUTION FOUND ! (At least for me)

Hello again,

I tried eveything I mentioned in my previous postings.

Latest drivers, another distro of Linux, playing with BIOS setting, etc.

The only thing I did NOT try was changing APIC to PIC and assigning all the IRQ's manually.

I went out and purchased an ATI Radeon 9200 AGP (8x) card.
I removed my Nvidia GeForce 4 MX 420 AGP (4x) card.

I removed the Nvidia drivers and reconfigured X to use the ATI driver and DRI/DRM.
This is the Linux native ATI driver and the 9200 is the newest card that can use it.
No more proprietary drivers until "the man" addresses the issues and fixes the problems.

And now.......

No more freeze, no more laggy video and Enemy Territory never looked or played better.
I glad I spent the $99 (U.S.) for this card. It's AGP port speed is double my old Nvidia, it has twice the memory and does not require a fan (less noise).

Also, my frame rate is up during game play.

I'm sure you were hoping for a better solution than buying a new video card but that's what worked for me.

Hope this information helps someone,

Old 11-26-2004, 06:04 PM   #35
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periodic freezes ...

The original poster indicated:
I should also mention that I have the latest BIOS update in the motherboard and have downloaded all updates shown via SuSE YAST. Chipsets are: VIA KT600 North Bridge and VIA VT8237 South Bridge. If the system unfreezes by itself, which often occurs, I no longer have my ethernet connection.


I also have a VIA chip set computer. I loaded SuSE 9.2 and it would periodically freeze. The same computer with Mandrake 9.2 also would freeze. SuSE support helped me quickly solve the problem. I did have to add acpi=off to the boot parameters. More than a week and no freezing. Depending on what I was doing with Mandrake it could be 4 or 5 days before a freeze or sometimes longer but it would freeze. If you later get a freeze with Mandrake check if acpi is still the cause. Hope this helps someone.
Old 11-26-2004, 06:58 PM   #36
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Where do you set the acpi=off option?
Old 11-26-2004, 09:06 PM   #37
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acpi freeze setting off

If you are using SuSE, when you re-boot there is a screen that gives you different options and there is a location where you can type any parameters. At that place type acpi=off .

If you are booting with a different system you may get a prompt

or something like that where you could type
> linux acpi=off

Kind of depends on what system you have. You can also set this as part of your grub / lilo settings.

Take a look here as well:


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