Xeon and Mint 18.2 compatibility issue

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Xeon and Mint 18.2 compatibility issue

Post by khazz »

Hello to all.

I have a question concerning my new computer:
I bought a used machine, with xeon processor. After the installation the system freezes few times a day. With my previous Athlon FX and previous mint I had no such problem. Has anyone got any suggestions?

Kind regards,



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mint@mint ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: mint Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.3 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: P6X58D-E v: Rev 1.xx
           Bios: American Megatrends v: 0701 date: 05/10/2011
CPU:       Hexa core Intel Xeon X5650 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 12288 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 40803
           clock speeds: max: 2267 MHz 1: 1600 MHz 2: 1600 MHz 3: 1600 MHz
           4: 1600 MHz 5: 1600 MHz 6: 1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cypress LE [Radeon HD 5830]
           bus-ID: 03:00.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 2560x1440@59.95hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on AMD CYPRESS (DRM 2.46.0 / 4.8.0-53-generic, LLVM 3.8.0)
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 12.0.6 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] Cypress HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 5800 Series]
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 03:00.1
           Card-2 Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-3 Creative driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 001-004
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic
Network:   Card: Marvell 88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: e800 bus-ID: 05:00.0
           IF: enp5s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 136.0GB (7.5% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: PLEXTOR_PX size: 128.0GB temp: 0C
           ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: Patriot_Memory size: 8.0GB temp: 0C
Partition: ID-1: swap-1 size: 8.91GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 39.0C mobo: 38.0C gpu: 36.5
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 1054 psu: 1795 sys-1: 0 sys-2: 1350 sys-3: 0
Info:      Processes: 223 Uptime: 22 min Memory: 1156.7/12004.9MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
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Re: Xeon and Mint 18.2 compatibility issue

Post by MintBean »

I don't know of any issues with Xeons. If it is a recently released CPU, you could try updating to a newer kernel.
More likely it is a GPU related problem. I'm no expert on AMD GPUs but I know compatibility can be problematic. If your Xeon has onboard graphics, you could try running without the external GPU and see if there's still a problem.

[Edit]Ignore the last sentence, your CPU appears to have no inbuilt GPU.
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Re: Xeon and Mint 18.2 compatibility issue

Post by greerd »

It my understanding that Xeon processors are focused on server/headless systems and are not well known for they're GPU capabilities. I expect a discrete graphics card (Nvidia at this point in time) would help considerably.

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