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

Steve Baker steve at iinet.net.au
Mon Mar 17 08:28:54 WST 2008

Hi Richard,

I had almost identical symptoms when attempting to install Ubuntu 7.10 
on an older PC.  It's been running 6.10 for yonks with no problems.  
Installed 7.10, installation went fine, but when I tried to download the 
post-install updates it locked up.  Reboot, try again, lockup.

Seemed like I could do various tasks, but as soon as there was any 
significant network traffic, it would freeze.  Sometimes there didn't 
have to be much traffic, even just sitting there doing nothing it would 
still lock up after a while (although this took longer).  Checking 
various forums didn't yield any answers although there were a few 
suggestions, such as turning off X - which delayed the lockup but didn't 
prevent it.  I ended up rolling back to 6.10.

I have other (more recent) systems running 7.10 with no problems, so I 
assume that it is something to do with incompatibilities with my 
hardware and the most recent kernel.  Sorry I don't have an answer for 
you here...


Richard Meyer 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 from
> elsewhere and ALT + CTRL + Fx doesn't do anything.
> It is dead!! I'd quote the Monty Python sketch of the parrot, but I'm
> sure you know it.
> Basically soon after a boot, it just hangs - I thought it was Firefox,
> but, not restarting FF doesn't stop the hangs, it does delay them.
> Starting up and signing on to Evolution also causes the same hang, but
> today I went away for at least 5 hours and got back and my machine was
> hung.  
> Anybody have any ideas how to
>      1. decide which app is doing it
>      2. why the kernel seems to hang
>      3. WTF is going on ....
> I was considering changing to Kubuntu if SUSE 11 wasn't way marvellous,
> but unless I get some ideas, it's going to be a Mint/Kubuntu upgrade
> over the weekend.

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