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    Default System Crash

    Hello,

    I have a Dell Precision M40 laptop w. P3 CPU @ 1200Mhz, 512 MB SDRAM, 80GB SCSI HDD, Samsung CDRW/DVD-ROM optical drive; and a vNvidia Quadro2 MXR/AGP/SSE, running openSuSe v.11.1, new install about a week ago.

    The problems are many, but I'll start with a few critical ones first. The system have been crashing and locking up, when various applications are ran, the list:

    a.) YaST-->System->System Backup, both in TUI and GUI environments (the application would crash during the module/package search)
    b.) Wine MS emulator application (when you open the respective programs c-panel, make what, if any changes, and press OK; the system locks up and/or crashes)
    c.) When I close the lid of the laptop, even though I've configured the monitor to remain on (this was after having experienced an'X' number of crashes, believing such a config would resolve this problem) the system would crash, requiring a reboot
    d.)YaST-->Software->Media Check, in GUI, but not in TUI environments, a crash is experienced; requiring a reboot to restore system functions
    e.) An observation, my RAM reads 494.0 MB, when 512 MB's are installed (note: video card possess its own VRAM of 32MB), in the 'My Computer' page, assessible via Konqueror @ '/:sysinfo'

    Any information on how to resolve these issues would be appreciated, thaxs in advance.

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    Default Re: System Crash

    You neglected to tell us if you are using any desktop effects and what desktop are you using, kde3/4, gnome, other?
    I guess kde as you mention Konqueror.
    Normally crashes result in error logs/crash reports and K gives you debug info.

    x-session errors are not uncommon given what you are using and I would advise to disable screen savers of any kind.

    memory could be an issue as the process you mention are quite intensive.

    make sure you are updated with a su terminal and do

    zypper ref

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    Thax for responding,

    I'm using KDE 4, no known desktop effects (?); pretty much the stock version provided after installation ( w. a splash screen). Screen resolution is 1600x1200 w. 24 bit / 16.7 million colors.

    I ran command-lines '# zypper ref' and # zypper up'; both my repositories and packages where update (would like to provide a list of packages upgraded but system crashed shortly after, need to back up various content while I still could). Most of the packages were dealing w. media player applications concerning libraries for xine, perl-Mp3 modules, mostly libraries.

    The "error messages" following running and completing the ops implimented by said command-lines read:

    Will not save configuration

    Configuration file /home/"user"/.kde/share/config/knotifyrc

    Not writable

    Various additional error messages followed, concerning the same ../config directory, they were:

    a.) ../kdeglobals ,not writable
    b.) ../kcmintrc , not writable
    c.) ../kbuildsycoca4rc ,not writable
    d.) ../trashrc , not writable

    ; of the files knotifyrc, kcmintrc, kbuildsycoca4rc, trashrc; could not be found in the target directory.

    Question; I now suspect that the media used to install this OS is corrupt, Ktorrent OKed the .ISO file, YaST as well OKed the .ISO but its like 'tossing a coin' when doing a media check, on the media (DVD install). Is their a way to fix this without having to reinstall the OS, some sort of diagnostic application made available over the internet via openSuSe (something like active-X powered; MS update/patch Service), since I currently don't trust my CD and DVD burners; that could scan my file system and tell me whats-what.

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    Default Re: System Crash

    Consider adding this repo
    Index of /repositories/KDE:/KDE4:/Factory:/Desktop/openSUSE_11.1

    If necessary run zypper from outside X

    zypper ref
    zypper up

    This will update you to a newer and IMO more stable kde4
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