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purple
I am a recently converted MS user and the most frustrating thing for me is not knowing how best to help myself, both in regards a specific problem and in general.

The specific problem is that my system locks randomly. It does it when I'm running programs. It does it when I've just logged in and haven't run anything at all. Sometimes I can go days without a problem. Sometimes I can't go 5 minutes (I swear it locked just as I started writing this entry the first time).

When it does this I can move the mouse around, but everything else is dead. The only thing that works is pressing the kill switch on the front of the tower -- Doing this causes the kernel to shutdown just as if I logged out (I take this as an indication that "SOMETHING" is still working).

I'm running FC 2.6.8-1.521. I've looked at the logs made by sysklogd and dmesg and as near as I can tell there's no errant process kicking along and shooting dice against me.

So, my questions are these:

1. What do I call this "lock-up/freeze/stall/hardlock"? If I knew what to call it I'd likely be able to search and find an answer on my own.

2. What is the command for the nice print-out of all the specs for my computer? I often see these in other people's postings and I imagine it would be helpful in asking for help with mine if it comes to that.

3. What is the best way to get a general idea of where an ambiguous problem (like mine) is coming from so that I can better direct my search?

Thanks for any guidance you have the time to offer.
Jim
Well there is no easy answer to that question just like there is no easy answer to your problem.

Your doing all the right things, checking the logs and what not. Are you running a monitor like gkrellm? That will give you a print out of the processor usage and thigns like that, that might give you some indication of what is going on.

I would check and make sure you system is totally up to date. This is linux, and just like windows, it has bugs. We try our best to fix them, but some times it takes a wile. It might be nothing your doing and there might be nothing you can do to fix it.

As for the night system specs, I don't know. lspci -vb gives you a good kick out of info, but it doesn't have the ram and processor and stuff, thats all things I just know off the top of my head.

And to answer your last question, one of the best ways is to tap this giant knowledge base. Just tell us what your ambiguous problem is and we will help you, or try to help you. That way, you will learn, and get your problem fixed.

I know this wasn't much help, but I hope I got the ball moving.
hughesjr
It sounds like somehow X is crashing ... what happens if you press:

Ctrl-Alt-F2 after it locks up ... does it shift to a console login?

If so, log in as root and do the command:

init 3

then

init 5

Does X work again?
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One thing that caused me lots of problems was gpm ... if you are not using the mouse in console mode ... try this as root:

chkconfig gpm off
/etc/init.d/gpm stop


Then reboot and see if it locks up anymore...
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Looks like you have an updated FedoraCore2 kernel.

Do you have the Nvidia drivers installed?
purple
Thanks for this advice. I'll give these bits a try and see what I can come up with.

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purple
I do have the Nvidia drivers installed (Getting that done was no easy feat) and to the best of my knowledge they are the most current ones available.
Corey
I find on linux systems, there's only 2 real things that will lock a system hard. XFree86 and faulty hardware.

I would try your system for a bit without using the NVidia binary drivers, edit your /etc/XF86Config file and change "nvidia' driver to the "nv" driver and see if you still experience the lock-ups. If you do, then this may be a hardware problem. One method I use to test this is I download a live distribution cd like Knoppix and boot off that and do some daily tasks and see if it locks up. If Knoppix is too big of a download for you, you can try a minimal live cd (check www.distrowatch.com). This should get you one step closer to figuring out what the problem is.

For the record, I had similar problems with Fedora, I could never figure it out so i trashed it and went back to Debian smile.gif
purple
I have Knoppix on CD already, so I will run off it for a while and see if I still get the lock-ups. A hardware error is possible (maybe even likely) since it is a bit of a frankenstein machine.

It crashed today. I tried ctrl-alt-F2 and that was a no go. Complete lock-up (apparently). I've attached the output from sysklogd. Looking through it the only problems I can find are the some sound card complaints and a bad character in some activation server. I have a friend running FC2 as well whose system has never locked and he has the same errors in his messages log though.

If it is a hardware error. Is there a way for me to (quickly?) narrow down what it might be vs. what it definitely isn't?

Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 syslogd 1.4.1: restart.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 syslog: syslogd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: klogd 1.4.1, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Linux version 2.6.8-1.521 (bhcompile@tweety.build.redhat.com) (gcc version 3.3.3 20040412 (Red Hat Linux 3.3.3-7)) #1 Mon Aug 16 09:01:18 EDT 2004
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000000fff0000 (usable)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 000000000fff0000 - 000000000fff8000 (ACPI data)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 000000000fff8000 - 0000000010000000 (ACPI NVS)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 00000000ffee0000 - 00000000fff00000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: BIOS-e820: 00000000fffc0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: 0MB HIGHMEM available.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 syslog: klogd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: 255MB LOWMEM available.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: zapping low mappings.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: DMI 2.3 present.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: RSDP (v000 AMI ) @ 0x000fa300
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: RSDT (v001 AMIINT SiS735XX 0x00001000 MSFT 0x0100000b) @ 0x0fff0000
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: FADT (v001 AMIINT SiS735XX 0x00001000 MSFT 0x0100000b) @ 0x0fff0030
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: DSDT (v001 SiS 735 0x00000100 MSFT 0x0100000d) @ 0x00000000
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PM-Timer IO Port: 0x808
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Built 1 zonelists
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Kernel command line: ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: mapped 4G/4G trampoline to ffff3000.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Initializing CPU#0
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: CPU 0 irqstacks, hard=023c7000 soft=023c6000
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: PID hash table entries: 1024 (order 10: 8192 bytes)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Detected 1195.130 MHz processor.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Using tsc for high-res timesource
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Inode-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Memory: 255520k/262080k available (2012k kernel code, 5840k reserved, 651k data, 140k init, 0k highmem)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Calibrating delay loop... 2367.48 BogoMIPS
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Security Scaffold v1.0.0 initialized
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: SELinux: Initializing.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: SELinux: Starting in permissive mode
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: There is already a security framework initialized, register_security failed.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: selinux_register_security: Registering secondary module capability
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 irqbalance: irqbalance startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Capability LSM initialized as secondary
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Mount-cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: CPU: L1 I Cache: 64K (64 bytes/line), D cache 64K (64 bytes/line)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: CPU: L2 Cache: 256K (64 bytes/line)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Intel machine check architecture supported.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 portmap: portmap startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: CPU: AMD Athlon™ Processor stepping 02
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: checking if image is initramfs...it isn't (no cpio magic); looks like an initrd
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Freeing initrd memory: 189k freed
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 16
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfdb01, last bus=1
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: PCI: Using configuration type 1
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: mtrr: v2.0 (20020519)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Subsystem revision 20040326
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: IRQ9 SCI: Edge set to Level Trigger.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Interpreter enabled
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Using PIC for interrupt routing
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Root Bridge [PCI0] (00:00)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Uncovering SIS18 that hid as a SIS503 (compatible=1)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Enabling SiS 96x SMBus.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Power Resource [URP1] (off)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Power Resource [URP2] (off)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Power Resource [FDDP] (off)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 rpc.statd[1695]: Version 1.0.6 Starting
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Power Resource [LPTP] (off)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKA] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 10 *11 12 14 15)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKB] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKC] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 *10 11 12 14 15)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKD] (IRQs 3 4 *5 7 10 11 12 14 15)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 nfslock: rpc.statd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKE] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKF] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 10 11 12 14 15) *0, disabled.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKG] (IRQs 3 4 *5 7 10 11 12 14 15)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKH] (IRQs 3 4 5 7 *10 11 12 14 15)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Linux Plug and Play Support v0.97 © Adam Belay
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: usbcore: registered new driver usbfs
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: usbcore: registered new driver hub
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: PCI: Using ACPI for IRQ routing
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKB] enabled at IRQ 11
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:02.1[B] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKD] enabled at IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:02.2[D] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKH] enabled at IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:02.3[A] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKG] enabled at IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:03.0[A] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKC] enabled at IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:0d.0[A] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [LNKA] enabled at IRQ 11
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: vesafb: probe of vesafb0 failed with error -6
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x03 (Driver version 1.16ac)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: apm: overridden by ACPI.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: audit: initializing netlink socket (disabled)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: audit(1097833223.4294966910:0): initialized
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Total HugeTLB memory allocated, 0
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: VFS: Disk quotas dquot_6.5.1
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Dquot-cache hash table entries: 1024 (order 0, 4096 bytes)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: SELinux: Registering netfilter hooks
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Initializing Cryptographic API
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ksign: Installing public key data
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Loading keyring
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: - Added public key 9488DB81FF525AA3
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: - User ID: Red Hat, Inc. (Kernel Module GPG key)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ksign: invalid packet (ctb=00)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Unable to load default keyring: error=74
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: pci_hotplug: PCI Hot Plug PCI Core version: 0.5
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Processor [CPU1] (supports C1)
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Real Time Clock Driver v1.12
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 kernel: Linux agpgart interface v0.100 © Dave Jones
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Detected SiS 735 chipset
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Maximum main memory to use for agp memory: 203M
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: AGP aperture is 128M @ 0xd0000000
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: Serial: 8250/16550 driver $Revision: 1.90 $ 8 ports, IRQ sharing enabled
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ttyS1 at I/O 0x2f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 16384K size 1024 blocksize
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00alpha2
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: SIS5513: IDE controller at PCI slot 0000:00:02.5
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: SIS5513: chipset revision 208
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: SIS5513: not 100%% native mode: will probe irqs later
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: SIS5513: SiS735 ATA 100 (2nd gen) controller
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide0: BM-DMA at 0xff00-0xff07, BIOS settings: hda:DMA, hdb:DMA
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide1: BM-DMA at 0xff08-0xff0f, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:DMA
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hda: Maxtor 6Y120P0, ATA DISK drive
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: Using cfq io scheduler
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hdc: TOSHIBA CD-ROM XM-6202B, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hda: max request size: 128KiB
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hda: 240121728 sectors (122942 MB) w/7936KiB Cache, CHS=65535/16/63, UDMA(100)
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: hdc: ATAPI 32X CD-ROM drive, 256kB Cache, DMA
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: usbcore: registered new driver hiddev
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: usbcore: registered new driver usbhid
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: drivers/usb/input/hid-core.c: v2.0:USB HID core driver
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: serio: i8042 AUX port at 0x60,0x64 irq 12
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: input: PS2++ Logitech Wheel Mouse on isa0060/serio1
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: serio: i8042 KBD port at 0x60,0x64 irq 1
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: input: AT Translated Set 2 keyboard on isa0060/serio0
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 2
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: IP: routing cache hash table of 512 buckets, 16Kbytes
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: TCP: Hash tables configured (established 16384 bind 4681)
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: Initializing IPsec netlink socket
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 1
Oct 15 09:41:07 15mr131 kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 17
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: (supports S0 S1 S4 S5)
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: md: autorun ...
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: md: ... autorun DONE.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: Freeing unused kernel memory: 140k freed
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: SELinux: Disabled at runtime.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: SELinux: Unregistering netfilter hooks
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 10
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: Disabled Privacy Extensions on device 0235c2a0(lo)
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: nvidia: module license 'NVIDIA' taints kernel.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:01:00.0[A] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: NVRM: loading NVIDIA Linux x86 NVIDIA Kernel Module 1.0-6111 Tue Jul 27 07:55:38 PDT 2004
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Found an AGP 2.0 compliant device at 0000:00:00.0.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:00:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:01:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Found an AGP 2.0 compliant device at 0000:00:00.0.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:00:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:01:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Power Button (FF) [PWRF]
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: Sleep Button (CM) [SLPB]
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:02.2[D] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.2: OHCI Host Controller
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.2: irq 5, pci mem 12990000
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.2: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: hub 1-0:1.0: USB hub found
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: hub 1-0:1.0: 3 ports detected
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:02.3[A] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.3: OHCI Host Controller
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.3: irq 10, pci mem 1299a000
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ohci_hcd 0000:00:02.3: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 2
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: hub 2-0:1.0: USB hub found
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: hub 2-0:1.0: 3 ports detected
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: usb 1-1: new low speed USB device using address 2
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: input: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [Logitech USB Receiver] on usb-0000:00:02.2-1
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: EXT3 FS on hda2, internal journal
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: device-mapper: 4.1.0-ioctl (2003-12-10) initialised: dm@uk.sistina.com
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: cdrom: open failed.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: Adding 524152k swap on /dev/hda3. Priority:-1 extents:1
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: kjournald starting. Commit interval 5 seconds
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: EXT3 FS on hda1, internal journal
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 ifup: done.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: EXT3-fs: mounted filesystem with ordered data mode.
Oct 15 09:41:06 15mr131 network: Bringing up interface eth0: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: parport0: irq 7 detected
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: SCSI subsystem initialized
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: inserting floppy driver for 2.6.8-1.521
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: FDC 0 is a post-1991 82077
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: sis900.c: v1.08.07 11/02/2003
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:03.0[A] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: eth0: Realtek RTL8201 PHY transceiver found at address 1.
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: eth0: Using transceiver found at address 1 as default
Oct 15 09:41:08 15mr131 kernel: eth0: SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet at 0xd800, IRQ 5, 00:07:95:ae:71:83.
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: ip_tables: © 2000-2002 Netfilter core team
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: ip_conntrack version 2.1 (2047 buckets, 16376 max) - 320 bytes per conntrack
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: sis900.c: v1.08.07 11/02/2003
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:03.0[A] -> GSI 5 (level, low) -> IRQ 5
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: eth0: Realtek RTL8201 PHY transceiver found at address 1.
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: eth0: Using transceiver found at address 1 as default
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: eth0: SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet at 0xd800, IRQ 5, 00:07:95:ae:71:83.
Oct 15 09:41:09 15mr131 kernel: eth0: Media Link On 100mbps full-duplex
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 rpcidmapd: rpc.idmapd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 random: Initializing random number generator: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 rc: Starting pcmcia: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 netfs: Mounting other filesystems: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 autofs: automount startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: smartd version 5.21 Copyright © 2002-3 Bruce Allen
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Home page is http://smartmontools.sourceforge.net/
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Opened configuration file /etc/smartd.conf
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Configuration file /etc/smartd.conf parsed.
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Device: /dev/hda, opened
Oct 15 09:41:14 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Device: /dev/hda, found in smartd database.
Oct 15 09:41:15 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Device: /dev/hda, is SMART capable. Adding to "monitor" list.
Oct 15 09:41:15 15mr131 smartd[1814]: Monitoring 1 ATA and 0 SCSI devices
Oct 15 09:41:15 15mr131 smartd[1816]: smartd has fork()ed into background mode. New PID=1816.
Oct 15 09:41:15 15mr131 smartd: smartd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:15 15mr131 acpid: acpid startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:18 15mr131 kernel: parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
Oct 15 09:41:18 15mr131 kernel: parport0: irq 7 detected
Oct 15 09:41:18 15mr131 kernel: lp0: using parport0 (polling).
Oct 15 09:41:18 15mr131 kernel: lp0: console ready
Oct 15 09:41:18 15mr131 cups: cupsd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:19 15mr131 sshd: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:19 15mr131 xinetd: xinetd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 sendmail: sendmail startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 sendmail: sm-client startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 gpm[2081]: *** info [startup.c(95)]:
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 gpm[2081]: Started gpm successfully. Entered daemon mode.
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 xinetd[2042]: xinetd Version 2.3.13 started with libwrap loadavg options compiled in.
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 xinetd[2042]: Started working: 1 available service
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 gpm[2081]: *** info [mice.c(1766)]:
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 gpm[2081]: imps2: Auto-detected intellimouse PS/2
Oct 15 09:41:20 15mr131 gpm: gpm startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:21 15mr131 su(pam_unix)[2090]: session opened for user htt by (uid=0)
Oct 15 09:41:21 15mr131 su(pam_unix)[2090]: session closed for user htt
Oct 15 09:41:21 15mr131 IIim: htt startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:21 15mr131 crond: crond startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:22 15mr131 htt_server[2106]: started.
Oct 15 09:41:22 15mr131 xfs: xfs startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:22 15mr131 anacron: anacron startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:23 15mr131 atd: atd startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:23 15mr131 readahead: Starting background readahead:
Oct 15 09:41:23 15mr131 rc: Starting readahead: succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:24 15mr131 messagebus: messagebus startup succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:24 15mr131 mdmonitor: mdadm succeeded
Oct 15 09:41:24 15mr131 mdmpd: mdmpd failed
Oct 15 09:41:24 15mr131 init: open(/dev/pts/0): No such file or directory
Oct 15 09:41:25 15mr131 last message repeated 6 times
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Found an AGP 2.0 compliant device at 0000:00:00.0.
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:00:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:01:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Found an AGP 2.0 compliant device at 0000:00:00.0.
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:00:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:41:27 15mr131 kernel: agpgart: Putting AGP V2 device at 0000:01:00.0 into 4x mode
Oct 15 09:42:40 15mr131 gdm(pam_unix)[2440]: session opened for user jsimpson by (uid=0)
Oct 15 09:42:42 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): starting (version 2.6.0), pid 2528 user 'jsimpson'
Oct 15 09:42:42 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): Resolved address "xml:readonly:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.mandatory" to a read-only config source at position 0
Oct 15 09:42:42 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): Resolved address "xml:readwrite:/home/jsimpson/.gconf" to a writable config source at position 1
Oct 15 09:42:42 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): Resolved address "xml:readonly:/etc/gconf/gconf.xml.defaults" to a read-only config source at position 2
Oct 15 09:42:44 15mr131 bonobo-activation-server (jsimpson-2533): iid OAFIID:BrokenNoType:20000808 has a NULL type
Oct 15 09:42:44 15mr131 bonobo-activation-server (jsimpson-2533): invalid character '#' in iid 'OAFIID:This#!!%$iid%^$%_|~!OAFIID_ContainsBadChars'
Oct 15 09:42:49 15mr131 kernel: ACPI: PCI interrupt 0000:00:0d.0[A] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
Oct 15 09:42:49 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 09:43:01 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 10:04:57 15mr131 htt_server[2106]: Client shut down the connection owned by im_id(1).
Oct 15 10:59:10 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 10:59:10 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 10:59:10 15mr131 kernel: application firefox-bin uses obsolete OSS audio interface
Oct 15 10:59:54 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 11:02:33 15mr131 last message repeated 4 times
Oct 15 11:02:33 15mr131 modprobe: FATAL: Error running install command for sound_slot_1
Oct 15 11:27:25 15mr131 htt_server[2106]: Client shut down the connection owned by im_id(1).
Oct 15 11:36:01 15mr131 shutdown: shutting down for system halt
Oct 15 11:36:01 15mr131 init: Switching to runlevel: 0
Oct 15 11:36:02 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): Received signal 15, shutting down cleanly
Oct 15 11:36:03 15mr131 gconfd (jsimpson-2528): Exiting
Oct 15 11:36:07 15mr131 messagebus: messagebus -TERM succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:08 15mr131 atd: atd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:09 15mr131 cups: cupsd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:09 15mr131 xfs[2143]: terminating
Oct 15 11:36:09 15mr131 xfs: xfs shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:11 15mr131 gpm: gpm shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:11 15mr131 sshd: sshd -TERM succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:13 15mr131 sendmail: sendmail shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:13 15mr131 sendmail: sm-client shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:13 15mr131 smartd[1816]: smartd received signal 15: Terminated
Oct 15 11:36:13 15mr131 smartd[1816]: smartd is exiting (exit status 0)
Oct 15 11:36:14 15mr131 smartd: smartd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:14 15mr131 xinetd[2042]: Sending signal 9 to sgi_fam server 2542
Oct 15 11:36:14 15mr131 xinetd[2042]: Exiting...
Oct 15 11:36:15 15mr131 xinetd: xinetd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:16 15mr131 acpid: acpid shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:16 15mr131 crond: crond shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:16 15mr131 dd: 1+0 records in
Oct 15 11:36:16 15mr131 dd: 1+0 records out
Oct 15 11:36:16 15mr131 random: Saving random seed: succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:17 15mr131 rpc.statd[1695]: Caught signal 15, un-registering and exiting.
Oct 15 11:36:17 15mr131 nfslock: rpc.statd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:17 15mr131 portmap: portmap shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:17 15mr131 kernel: Kernel logging (proc) stopped.
Oct 15 11:36:17 15mr131 kernel: Kernel log daemon terminating.
Oct 15 11:36:18 15mr131 syslog: klogd shutdown succeeded
Oct 15 11:36:18 15mr131 exiting on signal 15
hughesjr
Memory is a very likely issue ... try running Memtest86 (download and burn the ISO file and run the test for about an hour ... you should have zero errors).
hughesjr
Corey's idea about the nvidia drivers is a good one (use nv and see if it locks) ...

another thing you can try is adding a space and this to the end of the kernel line(s) in /boot/grub/grub.conf:

noapic noacpi

just to the kernel line(s), not to the initrd lines... so you might have something similar to this:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.8-1.521 ro root=LABEL=/1 noapic noacpi
purple
I have tried both the "nv" for "nvidia" swap and the grub.conf "noapic noacpi" addition and (apparently) random locks still occur. Under the grub.conf changes (which I'm still using) it did something different though. Rather than freezing it immediately logged out, returning to the login screen. It only did this once though and has gone back to freezing since.

I will try Knoppix and memtest over the next few days.

What do "noapic" and "noacpi" do? (If no one has a quick answer to this I'll look it up myslef later).
hughesjr
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