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SubjectAthlon Thunderbird, Abit KT7 Raid, Kernel 2.4: DESKTOP FROZEN!
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My box: Athlon Thunderbird 900 MHz, MotherboardAbit KT7 Raid,
Kernel 2.4 (the one that comes with Red Hat 7.1 no updates)

I get apparently random desktop freezing.

Last time:

I was just doing nothing so the screensaver
was on when I noticed the screen was frozen. Nor the keyboard
neither the mouse worked. No combination of CTRL-ALT keys.
Only choice left: reset. I did it. When it booted again I got a

Kernel Panic: Attempted to kill the idle task
In idle: not syncing.

(by the way: what is the SysRq magic or something similar?
Does it help? Which keys??)

This time I had to unplug the computer. After 5 minutes I tried again.
In many trials I got hundreds of errors. These:

-After checking /root (passed), it stopped checking /home (failed)
and trying to repair it with fsck gave no result (when the computer
tried to reboot, it freezes again)

-After checking both /root and /home (passed), it stopped at sshd
saying: /etc/rc.d/rc line 117 951 segmentation fault $i start

-At the end of the startup, black screen and message:
Id "x" respawning too fast disabled for 5 minutes (and waiting
produces the same message again: I had to unplug)

-Inside KDE, trying to open anything gave an error related to
inode and in a few seconds X was disabled again for 5 minutes.

Since somebody tells me the Oops is important, I noticed that
when this appeared it was 0002. If this helps..

After a couple of hours I tried and I was succesfull. Now it seems
to be everything ok.

Anyway, a desktop freezing happens every now and again and
no ctrl-alt-anything combination works. Just reset.
This is very dangerous, and even if so far the fsck was always ok,
I feel my data are at high risk this way.

At Red Hat support I got this suggestion:
>Since you are using KDE, there has been a few bugs in terms of memory hole
>that
>have been fixed. You can check them out and apply the updtes to your
>machine
>and we'll see if that could the problem.
>
>http://www.redhat.com/support/errata/RHSA-2001-059.html

Is this really a KDE problem? I myself doubt...
It could be a kernel problem or maybe hardware (I checked
all the ram and removed one, but freezing is still there)

Thanks for any help, I am in trouble!!

Antonio

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