RE: [suse-amd64] Random lockups/freezes when running 64-bit SUSE 9.3
by Corr, Thomas (Mission Systems)
Not sure what the issue is with your laptops. I have a Compaq Presario
R3200 (DP533AV)with an AMD Athlon 64 3400 and am loving it! I have used
both the internal wired internet adapter with a static IP address only
for a short period of time without any problems, and have used the
internal Broadcom wireless with DHCP and WEP encryption (THANKS TO THE
NDISWRAPPER FOLKS - Cant say that enough!!!) for a week now without any
problems what so ever. Matter of fact, I think I love this release
better than I loved 9.2. I'm just waiting for another week or two to
make sure I don't stumble onto anything major, and then I'll upgrade my
two desktop PC's to 9.3.
I ran 9.2 in 32 bit mode when I first got the laptop because of the
wireless network card. However, by the time that 9.3 came out, I had
had plenty of time to test and play with the ndiswrapper stuff in 64 bit
mode, and discovered no major problems with it. I have been running the
64 bit 9.3 with ndiswrapper 1.1 for a week now without any issues. I
surf frequently in the evenings and kmail is setup to check for new mail
messages every 5 minutes. Maybe you should give NDISWRAPPER a try with
the corresponding Winblows drivers for your network card?
Just out of curiosity, could the problems your experiencing be related
to the Power Management settings APM/ACPI, or the Screen Saver settings?
I have used the nv and nvidia drivers for my display without any
problems (GeForce4 440 64Meg). Can you go into Yast and deconfigure
your internet connections (I know, not very useful)- just to see if the
computer still locks up after some period of time? Just trying to
isolate the problem if possible. It could be something in your bios,
perhaps a dma setting that changed? Have you checked your boot.log file
to make sure everyting started up and is working without complaints?
Just some thoughts... Hopefully, 1 of them might prove useful.
From: Valur Olafsson [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 28, 2005 12:47 PM
Subject: Re: [suse-amd64] Random lockups/freezes when running 64-bit
On Thursday 28 April 2005 11:28, R Kimber wrote:
> On Thu, 28 Apr 2005 08:20:31 -0400
> Valur Olafsson <volafsso(a)umich.edu> wrote:
> > Spoke too soon, the computer froze not 10 minutes after I emailed
> > the list. Still have the same problem. Any other suggestions to
> > debug the problem?
> I have experienced something similar, always while using a browser.
> This suggests it might be related to the network connection, but it
> might well be something else. All I can say is that I've been
> experimenting with a fully 64-bit distribution (as opposed to the
> 64 and 32-bit that I assume most people have) and I have not
> experienced the problem at all. On the other hand, the stability might
> be due to some other difference between the 64-bit distribution
> (Ubuntu) and Suse. I realise this isn't really very helpful, but it
> may give you something to think about.
> - Richard
Thanks for your reply. I've had these lockups even while I'm not using
a browser. In fact, yesterday I connected to the internet, then needed
to step away from the computer for a bit. When I came back, the
computer had locked up and I needed to do a hard reboot.
Frankly, I'm not certain if this only a problem due to me connection to
the internet with a wireless USB adapter, i.e., driver related, or if
this a general problem with the network in SUSE 9.3. But, until this
has been resolved, I cannot upgrade my laptop to 9.3, simply because I
actually need to do work there. This is less of an issue on my desktop,
but it's still forcing me to use Windows XP instead, which I don't like.
It's a shame that this problem is in 9.3, since everything else about
9.3 is pretty darn sweet.
These hard reboots that I need to do constantly are really starting to
bug me, and frankly my patience is starting to wear thin. I would
really hate it if I needed to move to a different linux distribution,
since I have been a SUSE user since the 7.x versions.
Anyway, enough of this doom and gloom. I'm hoping that the next kernel
upgrade will magically fix this. Here's hoping.
> Richard Kimber
> British General Election 2005
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