[techtalk] Random serious freezes

carie cabal saboteur at znet.com
Sun Mar 11 14:28:41 EST 2001

FWIW, I had the exact same problem (also using KDE & XFree86 3.3)...
after much twiddling I narrowed it down to being caused by
leaving Netscape running for long periods of time (i.e. days)
... then I switched to Opera and have not had a freeze since.


> Hi Folks,
> I've got a laptop (HP Pavillion N5195) which I adore, and have been using as 
> my do-everything plus development box. 
> Once in a while (like once every 2 weeks, although it is random, so it might 
> go for weeks w/o this, then do it 3 times in one week), always while I'm in X 
> (I run KDE 2.0 at the moment), it will just freeze. The mouse sticks, can't 
> go to different consoles, can't even ssh in. If I've got an ssh session 
> going, I can sometimes go to that box and kill X, but it doesn't always help. 
> If I'm not already logged in, I can't ssh in after the freeze. I generally 
> have to unplug and yank out the battery - Control-Alt-Delete doesn't work, 
> nor does the power switch. 
> It's only annoying because I've gotten so used to rock-solid stability and 
> never crashing, that it seems a pain (even though my non-linux boxes seem to 
> always crash).
> I'm almost always either in netscape or K-Mail. It never happens when I'm 
> looking at a console window, or in other programs. Mind you, probably, since 
> this is my everyday machine, and the development I do is web development, I 
> spend 60% of my time in one or another of those programs, so it might just be 
> coincidence. 
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