[plug] SUSE 10.3 HANGS hard - or Windows-like behaviour fromLinux ....

Jim Householder nofixed at westnet.com.au
Sun Mar 16 03:27:01 WST 2008

>On Sun, 2008-03-16 at 00:28 +0900, Patrick Coleman wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 11:00 PM, Richard Meyer
><meyerri at westnet.com.au> wrote:
>> > Hi guys,
>> >
>> >  I'm running OpenSUSE 10.3 on my machine and I have been getting
>> >  problems. The whole machine hangs such that I cannot ping it
>> >  elsewhere and ALT + CTRL + Fx doesn't do anything.
>> When this happens, do your Num + Caps + Scroll lock lights on your
>> keyboard all flash? If this is the case, it means you're getting a
>> kernel panic, which you can hopefully determine the cause of.
>Thanks for the interest, but, no - nothing appears out of the
>ordinary -
>except the desk rodent is dead, the keyboard is defunct and so forth
>- I
>haven't run memtest on this machine lately, but I will do so tomorrow
>(BTW it has premium mem cards in it  -  they cost at least $2 per
>more than the usual) ,,,,
>> You may also want to eliminate memory errors as the cause (probably
>> the most common cause of lockups) by running memtest86, which
>> be available on most OS install CDs.  Ubuntu definately has it, I'd
>> surprised if OpenSUSE didn't. memtest86 will write data to your
>> and read it back to attempt to detect any problems.
>> If this picks up problems you should be able to work out which
>> has failed and get it replaced.
>> Cheers,
>> Patrick
>Richard Meyer

IIRC OpenSUSE, like other distros, starts in gui mode (init 5).
Try starting in single-user mode.  You will probably need root's
password though.


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