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Re: Intermittent (but frequent) problem with FC6.

On 2/12/07, Robert L. Cochran <cochranb speakeasy net> wrote:
Post the last 60 lines of /var/log/messages that occurred right up to the time of a known crash.

When quoting error messages, quote the exact text of the message. Don't vague it out with an "or something like that." The real experts on this forum (I'm not among those) can't help you on the basis of "or something like that."

Bob Cochran

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bob St John [mailto:bob stjohn name]
> Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2007 02:23 AM
> To: 'fedora-list'
> Subject: Intermittent (but frequent) problem with FC6.
> Folks,
> I have an intermittent (but frequent) problem with FC6. At first I
> thought it was a hardware problem, but now I don't think it is.
> This is a dual boot system. Windows XP does not crash at all, but FC6
> crashes frequently.
> uname -a output: Linux Linux 2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 #1 SMP Mon Oct 16
> 14:39:22 EDT 2006 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
> Other facts:
> - Memtest completes multiple passes without detecting any problems
> - Both FC6 and WinXP are on the same hard disk (and since WinXP works
> fine I don't think it's a disk or disk controller problem.)
> - Same logic as above for the power supply.
> - Logging in text mode causes no problems; logging in with either GNOME
> or KDE crashes the system 99% of the time after a short period of time.
> - The other 1% of the time FC6 seems stable for at least several hours.
> In fact earlier this week it was up for 3 or 4 days with relatively
> heavy usage with no problems.
> - Periodically, in GNOME, straight but zig-zagged brown lines appear on
> the display.
> - As root, I can bring up the KDE environment but not the GNOME
> environment. As other users I can bring up both GNOME and KDE.
> - The crashes happen most frequently when I'm using Evolution, but since
> I use that more than anything else this may not be very indicative.
> - When crashes occur the display freezes but the mouse moves freely.
> - When crashes occur the only thing I can do is physically power off the
> machine. When I turn it back on it boots quickly with only this
> indication of errors: "usb 1-3: cannot allocate device 2 error -110" or
> something close to that.
> - I don't know too much about Linux, but I see no error messages from
> dmesg or in /var/log/messages
> - Thinking that this has something to do with X11, I have deleted the
> xorg.conf file and rebuilt it with system-config-display (several
> times.)
> So I'm at a loss at resolving this problem. Any suggestions?
> Thanks . . .
> Bob St. John
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I had a similar problem with FC4 and an old server of mine. text mode would work fine, GUI would freeze it dead after a few random minutes.
I upgraded to FC5 and the problem persisted. What I ended up doing is to Clean-Install FC5 and the problem went away totally.
Still today I do not know what the problem was. I almost ever had to work with that machine (mail server) so it was easier to ignore the problem
and leave it working on Level 3.
Just my experience, for whatever it may be worth to you

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