LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

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LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

Postby marlar on Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:18 pm

Hi,

A few days ago my LMDE 64bit running on a Lenovo T500 laptop began to freeze now and then. It happens once a day or so. I am not quite sure, but perhaps it started after the major update when the new Debian was releases and update manager updated hundreds of packages.

For a period I thought it was related to my laptop running hot but it also happens long before it gets hot. Today, for example, it froze about 2 minutes after starting it.

There is not obvious cause of the system hangs. No specific program that seems to cause it, no patterns of any kind. And also no error messages or warnings - it just freezes up. I have also inspected syslog without finding anything strange at the time of the freeze.

I have noticed that the green harddisk icon on my laptop continues to indicate disk access, and at one time the system freeze happened during a skype call and interestingly enough I was able to continue the call even after the freeze, at least for a while.

I have used only level 1-3 upgrades.

Thanks in advance for any comments that can help my resolve this annoying problem.

Martin

Here is the output of lspci. Tell me if you need more info.

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00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset PCI Express Graphics Port (rev 07)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset MEI Controller (rev 07)
00:03.3 Serial controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset AMT SOL Redirection (rev 07)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network Connection (rev 03)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M-E LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Mobility Radeon HD 3650
03:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Ultimate N WiFi Link 5300
04:00.0 Memory controller: Intel Corporation Turbo Memory Controller (rev 11)
15:00.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
15:00.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)
15:00.2 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 21)
15:00.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev ff)
15:00.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 11)
15:00.5 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 11)
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Re: LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

Postby willie42 on Tue Feb 15, 2011 6:26 pm

You might have applied a Kernel update that might cause you this issue. I use the Liquorix kernel. If you are interested in trying it heres a link


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Re: LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

Postby marlar on Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:53 pm

Is it safe to upgrade the kernel? Can I reslore the old one if it goes wrong?
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Re: LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

Postby marlar on Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:07 pm

Argh, now it happened again. It's really annoying. I sure hope I don't have to reinstall as the whole purpose of installing LMDE was to avoid having to upgrade! And I have spent long time tweaking it.

However, I have more info. Both the harddisk lamp and WiFi lamp are blinking occasionally to signal activity. And I can ping the machine so it is not completely dead.

Does this give a hint?

Edit: I have now installed openssh on it so I can try to logon with SSH when it freezes again. Maybe it's only X that is freezing?
Last edited by marlar on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:53 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: LMDE 64bit freezes now and then

Postby Dave68 on Thu Feb 17, 2011 9:44 am

I've heard there were some issue's with X, but I'm not sure what they are personnally. I haven't had any issue's with my machine based on testing as of yet, and I generally allow all updates to come in.

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