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Old 01-12-2006, 01:16 AM   #1
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KDE Hanging / Freezing in Suse 10.0


I'm having a problem similar to a post previously on this board (I can't link to it because it says i have to have more than 5 posts, sorry)

and i have very similar issues. As in that post, my computer will just hang out of nowhere. It doesn't matter what program I use, it's even frozen on me when the screen saver went on. The only thing i'm able to do is move the mouse cursor around. I try CTRL+ALT+F2 and sometimes it works, other times i have to do a hard reset. I've had Mandrake 10.0 installed on this HDD before and that never happened. When i use XP or Knoppix, they don't freeze. My hardware is the following:

nvidia geforce2 mx 400
768 mb RAM

I am currently using Suse Linux 10.0. I also use another HDD with XP (Suse is for linux experimentation). I've done the following tests:

1.I've checked my RAM with memtest, no errors
2. I've checked my Suse HDD with e2fsck with no errors (the following is the result)
115110 inodes used (8%)
659 non-contiguous inodes (0.6%)
# of inodes with ind/dind/tind blocks: 5936/52/0
721964 blocks used (27%)
0 bad blocks
0 large files
I'm now down to the Graphics card driver. I believe i've updated the drivers using Yast, but I'm not sure how to check the driver version number.

Are there any suggestions as to what I can do? I might try out another distro if this I can't do anything about it, although I love how easy Suse is to use.

Thanks in advanced!
Old 01-12-2006, 07:07 PM   #2
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Here's a thread from the SuSE forums to give you some ideas on things to check out. According to this, it's likely to be a hardware problem (memory chips).
Old 01-12-2006, 10:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I ran a test with Memtest for 3 hours and nothing came up. I'll try an overnight test tonight

Why wouldn't the freezing occur in Windows though? Or even Knoppix? I had so many programs running on Knoppix for hours yesterday just for the hell of it. No freezing.

Thanks again for any replies!
Old 01-12-2006, 10:40 PM   #4
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I'm now down to the Graphics card driver. I believe i've updated the drivers using Yast, but I'm not sure how to check the driver version number.
If I was a bettin man (which I am not) Id bet it is your graphics card. Is it an onboard card or a pci/agp card?
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Hi, It's PCI : Geforce2 400 MX by Nvidia.

Im a linux noob. I know i've read somewhere that I can change the video mode, but im not sure how to do this. I dont play games on Linux so im not really concerned if i have 3d games or not.
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Graphics settings are in Control Center, Yast Modules, Hardware, and click graphics card and monitor. See if you have the right driver being used, turn off 3d support if its on.

You're right that a freeze is suspect to hardware/driver interaction. If it was memory you'd have intermittent problems at random times. I've had memory problems like this and it happened in Linux and Windows, I swapped out the memory and it was fine.

Anyway, try the graphics card and maybe use what you remember on your old distro for settings.
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Thanks everyone for your answers. I recently formated my suse drive and installed Vector Linux (I felt I needed to be more hands on i.e have a more difficult distro so I can learn faster about Linux) . I haven't had the problem since, but i didn't install the Nvidia drivers either. So the problem was either the drivers or Suse itself. If i install the nvidia drivers on Vector, and the same thing happens, then I'll know what the problem was. But so far I dont need the Nvidia drivers Thanks again!


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