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Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby drmikecrowe on Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:50 pm

Hi folks,

Have a AMD based laptop (Turion64) with an ATI X1200 chipset. I gave up on Jaunty, but Mint seems to be working well, atleast until it totally halted on me. Was doing a big compile gcc, fan was going pretty hard, then a hard stop (as if I'd held the power key for 5s).

As a side not, I mentioned my video card because my display flickers. I had tried downloading/installing the proprietary ATI drivers, but I haven't been able to get the new drivers working yet.

Any ideas of why it might do a sudden halt?

TIA
Mike
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Re: Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby DrHu on Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:01 am

drmikecrowe wrote:Was doing a big compile gcc, fan was going pretty hard, then a hard stop (as if I'd held the power key for 5s)...Any ideas of why it might do a sudden halt?

And the compile would take how long, normally ?

You hit it, you were hammering your system, hard drive, cpu, video and power + fan
--maybe it overheated and being a smart system, decided to halt/power off rather than risk any further damage

    HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
    HAL: This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
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Re: Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby drmikecrowe on Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:20 am

No warning? No shutdown? No Error?

Is that really the failure mechanism for linux? I've never seen that running servers for years.
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Re: Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby richyrich on Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:50 am

No, it's a hardware safety mechanism! To protect laptops from people that think a desktop OS & their laptop is a server! :mrgreen:

running servers for years
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Re: Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby drmikecrowe on Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:21 am

2 years ago, I ran gutsy on this laptop as the primary OS for over 9 months. I regularly did tasks like this on this hardware.

I have also relayed that it's a new install, and I know I have hardware driver issues.

I really appreciate the help.
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Re: Hard shutdown with heavy compile?

Postby richyrich on Sat Jul 18, 2009 10:54 am

Of course you already know of the well documented ATI/Intel bugs that are in the kernel of Jaunty,Gloria, and all other distros that use this kernel.

In a nutshell ? :roll: , go back to your favorite flavor of Mint 6, and patiently wait for Helena/Karmic.
or try the use at your own risk solution here: (please read the whole post)
viewtopic.php?f=58&t=27963#p168308

regards, Richard
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