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    Default Desktop Locking up

    Randomly my desktop locks up. Mouse moves, and cursor still changes when moving over window borders. But nothing responses. I can do a Ctrl + Alt + F3 and do not get a terminal. I can still move my mouse but the only thing that brings me back is a reset.
    Does anyone have any idea how I can trouble shoot what is causing this issue?

    Thanks

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    Default Re: Desktop Locking up

    Run 'top' in a terminal
    Make sure you can see it, wait for the freeze and note what it reports.

    Disable desktop effects if you have them on.
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    Default Re: Desktop Locking up

    Is this a new install? Or did the problem suddenly start happening when it have behaved well before?

    I'm asking, because I had a similar problem on my desktop (a Dell, with an Athlon processor). It randomly stopped responding. This happened from the beginning. I tried "nolapic" as a kernel option, and that fixed the problem.

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    Default Re: Desktop Locking up

    Ok I have top up and running I am still waiting for it to freeze again. Am I looking for a process that is running hard?

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    The issue seems to be since install. I was running Ubuntu 10.4 as a MythTV server and never had my desktop lockup in more than two years. Even if I was recording a show, transcoding another and burning a CD. So this took my by surprise. Who knows maybe I have some conflicting software or something. I am new to OpenSuse. I really like how organized suse is and that if I use it in a commercial environment that I can get official support as needed.

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    Default Re: Desktop Locking up

    Quote Originally Posted by ckm8871931 View Post
    I really like how organized suse is and that if I use it in a commercial environment that I can get official support as needed.
    openSUSE is supported by the community. You have the forums, mailing lists and IRC to connect with people who are not paid for it and are mainly other users like yourself. If you want more formal (paid) support, you need to look at the commercial versions of SUSE, SLES/SLED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chief_sealth View Post
    openSUSE is supported by the community. You have the forums, mailing lists and IRC to connect with people who are not paid for it and are mainly other users like yourself. If you want more formal (paid) support, you need to look at the commercial versions of SUSE, SLES/SLED.
    That is really what I mean. I may be wrong but I think that they are very similar and if you know OpenSuse then you will get around better in Suse if you ever need it.

    I guess that brings about another question.
    Besides OpenSuse being a test bed for Suse what other advantages do you get from having Suse vs OpenSuse?

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    On 02/11/2011 12:36 AM, ckm8871931 wrote:
    > what other advantages do you get from having Suse vs OpenSuse?


    long term support...the any particular openSUSE release is supported
    18 months <http://en.opensuse.org/Lifetime>... while SLED goes on for
    years..

    but, if you like changing every 8 months to get the latest and
    greatest you will love openSUSE...

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Run 'top' in a terminal
    Make sure you can see it, wait for the freeze and note what it reports.

    Disable desktop effects if you have them on.
    Looks like firefox was the guy. It was on top and had the highest numbers.

    I have uninstalled and reinstalled and will see if this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DenverD View Post
    On 02/11/2011 12:36 AM, ckm8871931 wrote:
    > what other advantages do you get from having Suse vs OpenSuse?


    long term support...the any particular openSUSE release is supported
    18 months <http://en.opensuse.org/Lifetime>... while SLED goes on for
    years..

    but, if you like changing every 8 months to get the latest and
    greatest you will love openSUSE...

    --
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    173.14.28 3D, Athlon 64 3000+]
    "It is far easier to read, understand and follow the instructions than
    to undo the problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

    When you say 18 months of support is that how long they supply security patches?

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