Frequent lockups :(
fourdan at gmail.com
Tue Mar 29 08:54:57 CEST 2016
A as a rule of thumb, if it locks up hard, it's the kernel or a driver, ie
not userspace (in other words, not xfce).
On 28 March 2016 at 20:24, phm <moonpunter at gmail.com> wrote:
> I am on Debian amd64 running XFCE 4.12 and have not experienced
> "frequent lock ups" recently. I have Chromium and Iceweasel packages. My
> guess is there are Debian-specific packages which have broken. I want to
> point out that you can't be sure before you have tried another desktop.
> Warren Block wrote:
> > On Mon, 28 Mar 2016, brian wrote:
> >> Is there anybody else out there using Debian Jessie 64-bit and XFCE on
> >> an AMD PC who, for the 3 or 4 days, has been seeing frequent lockups
> >> of their PC? The crashes seem to occur when I'm using a browser, and
> >> using Iceweasel is worse than using Chromium. When it happens, that's
> >> it, everything locks solid, mouse cursor won't move, the keyboard
> >> doesn't appear to work, the display clock stops, the only thing I can
> >> do is to use the reboot switch. The only thing I notice is that the
> >> drive access light is still flickering (once every 5-10 seconds) and
> >> there's been a disk repair needed every time I've had to reboot.
> >> I know there was an amd64-microcode package in the last bunch of
> >> updates, it's for AMD processors other than mine (a Phenom II 6-core)
> >> so I uninstalled that, with no apparent effect on the problem.
> >> The 'about XFCE' dialog gives the version as "4.10, distributed by
> >> Debian".
> >> Anybody have any ideas, please? The lockups are happening every couple
> >> of hours or so.
> > xfce 4.10 on FreeBSD is used here daily, with no problems at all,
> > although generally on Intel processors.
> > There are a lot of things this could be, but hardware problems would
> > be high on my list. I would check that the power supply and system
> > fans are clear and spinning, the heatsinks are not clogged with dust,
> > that sort of thing. If the machine is more than a few years old, look
> > for bulged capacitors on the motherboard near the CPU. It's usually
> > difficult to see into a power supply, but try to look there also.
> > Failed caps can cause just this type of intermittent problem. So can
> > RAM that is failing.
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