X freeze with kernels 2.6.6-X

Robert Crowther robertc at gmail.com
Sat Jun 26 01:07:42 UTC 2004

On Sat, 26 Jun 2004 00:15:18 +0200, Marco Coli <marco.coli at hi-cad.it> wrote:
> > I also can go to a text console and work normally from there during the
> > freezing. There's no suspicious process eating resources (at least top
> > tells me so...).
> You are more lucky than me. I am unable to go to any of the 6 consoles,
> my system don't respond at all. I didn't try from network, because here
> is the only machine.

I just experienced a similar thing, in my case I was watching a video
clip on GXine, I tried to close the player and, as I was doing so, the
system became very unresponsive.  It progressively more unresponsive
until it was effectively locked up, I couldn't switch to console
either.  I did however have other computers on the network and was
able to telnet into my box, although this was also not very responsive
it did at least work (a type and wait scenario), didn't spot any
process hogs either but there did seem to be a large number of pdflush
processes spawning and I understand there's only supposed to be two?

I also have an AMD Athlon on an ASUS motherboard, with an ATI 8500 video card.


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