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Re: [opensuse] openSuSE 10.2 crashing too often
  • From: Jay Smith <susehelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2007 07:37:41 -0800
  • Message-id: <20070108154334.8DD0E12206@xxxxxxxxxxx>
You know what, I am having a similar problem with my notebook. It runs both Edgy
Eft and OpenSuSE 10.2. Both of them have problems with randomly crashing and then
I'd have to hard reboot in order to get back to use.

After a while, I determined that it was indeed Hardware related. Try runnign
another distro or live CD and just keep using it and see if it crashes. The odds
of two unrelated distros crashing on the same machine pretty much eliminates the
software error theory. Also, when you started using the computer, did anything
either not work or work very funny? One tell tale sign on my computer was the
fact that my IPW3945 chip wouldn't work. I bought a new one, same problem. Well
it worked.... but it had a five foot range. That kinda clued me into the
possibility of other hardware issues. Luckily for me, still under warranty so I
filled an RMA.

Try running another distro and do what you would normally do on Linux. If it
crashes try again and time your crashes. Run a memtest again to check for RAM and
also do some (reiser)fsck to check if there are HDD errors. The cpu may be
overheating but if you have a working cooling system, it'd have to be working
overtime to overheat. Use kpowersaved, even on a desktop, it should give you a
read out on cpu power usage.

Let me know what you find out.

On Mon Jan 8 5:34 , Basil Chupin sent:

>Martin Mielke wrote:
>> Hmmm... that sounds weird...
>>
>> is there any way to check the temperature and watch the r.p.m. on the fans w/o
going to BIOS-level?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Martin
>>
>>
>> ----- Original Message ----
>> From: Basil Chupin blchupin@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: opensuse opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Monday, January 8, 2007 1:59:35 PM
>> Subject: Re: [opensuse] openSuSE 10.2 crashing too often
>>
>> [ snip ]
>>
>> Is it overheating and the CPU shuts down (but, of course, the fan keeps
>> going to cool it)?
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>(To begin with: do not top-post, please.)
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>I have no idea if it is possible to watch the temp. I guess there must
>be a way in Linux but I haven't found it yet (I really haven't looked).
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>But start by looking in the BIOS and see what the temp. has been set to
>before CPU starts to shutdown -- ie, if your CPU does have this ability
>to slow down and then shut down when too hot.
>
>BTW, you don't need to be a laptop in order to go into hibernation - you
>can set your PC to do this, as well as shutdown the HDs after a certain
>period or even switch off your monitor! (imagine that! :-) )
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>Cheers.
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