7.0-BETA1 & 2 occasionally freezing, how to diagnose?

Karol Mroz kmroz at cs.ubc.ca
Mon Nov 5 14:33:17 PST 2007

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Doug Poland wrote:
> Hello,
> I've been having frequent problems with BETA1 and now BETA2 "freezing".
>     There is no diagnostic information, nothing in /var/log/messages,
> nothing, just a hung interface.  I cannot ssh into the machine and it
> appears the box ceases to communicate on SSH. A couple of times I've had
> screen corruption on the laptop's LCD display.
> Every time it hands I'm running Xorg 7.3, Thunderbird, Firefox, pidgin,
> and a bunch of xterms.
> Is there something I can do to diagnose this issue?

I'm curious if these problems arose with 7.0? Did you run 6.2 on this
machine prior to 7.0?

I had similar problems with a desktop of mine that was running 6.2.
Every now and then (sometimes days in between) it would freeze in X,
corrupt the screen, or at times would just reboot. There was no warning
and nothing of worth in any log files. I had a feeling it might have
been my video card, so after taxing it really hard with gl apps and
noticing artifacts on the screen, I replaced the card. The system ran
well for a few weeks, but the problems persisted. Thought at this point
it could be faulty ram, so ran each half-gig stick on it's own until the
next failure. Both sticks showed failures. So then I moved the sticks
out of slots 1,2 and into 3,4... that was 4 months ago and all is well.

I guess what I'm aiming at here is that this could be a hardware issue
which can be a pain to diagnose.

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Karol Mroz
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