Hangs using X

Bill Hacker wbh at conducive.org
Tue Apr 5 11:30:10 PDT 2005

Guillermo Garcia Rojas wrote:

I've experiencing hangs on my DFly box, since march 28, 29 or 30, I don't
remember when I cvsuped that time. I have cvsuped 2 or 3 times after that
days and the problem is still there.
I have just take times and it hangs after an hour and a half using X:
GNOME 2.10 running Gaim, XMMS sometimes, XChat, and Firefox. Someone told
me on IRC that he was having the same trouble with his nVidia card, but I
don't have nVidia card or drivers for it.
I can't get any message from console 'cause it just hangs and reboots in
the moment.

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Guillermo Garcia-Rojas
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Can you ssh in from another box and keep an eye on it while it is 
leading up to the problem?

I had something similar happening in *minutes* with Xfree86 and either 
GNOME or Xfce4.

The only process showing a problem was X itself, going from 4-5% CPU 
load to a rapid but trackable ramp up to 98%+ before it made even 'top' 

The fix was to use *neither* the nVidia Generic, nor the card-specific 
nVidia driver, but rather 'generic VESA'

Stable since then 24 X 7 for about a week so far.

Card here was an elderly nVidia TNT-2 with 32 MB of RAM.



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