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    Default Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    Firefox, pidgin, thunderbird, intelliJ, even emacs!!!, or perhaps it's gnome in general will periodically stop responding. All named except emacs tend to gray out while this freeze is happening.

    opensuse 11.2

    2.6.31.14-0.6-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2010-12-10 11:18:32 +0100 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

    cpu: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E8400 @ 3.00GHz

    nothing obvious in the logs

    Anyone else seeing this?

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    Open a terminal and run 'top.' See what the output is when these apps freeze.

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    On 02/28/2011 08:06 PM, burrhead wrote:

    > Anyone else seeing this?


    what operating system and version?

    what desktop environment and version?

    what graphic card and driver?

    do you have desktop effects enabled? what happens if you turn it off?

    if you open a terminal and start top, what is eating all the cpu
    cycles when you "gray out"?

    if you use YaST to add a new, test user and log out and then into the
    new user, do the gray out to freeze continue?

    and, i wonder why you are running a preempt kernel, and if that might
    have a bearing on your problem...and, have you searched bugzilla to
    see if your problem is a known one (with that kernel)?

    are there background applications or services which if shut off cause
    the freezes to cease? how do those apps/services relate to preemptive
    multi-tasking?

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    to undo the problems caused by not." DD 23 Jan 11

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    Was sure I had replied to this...

    Using:
    Gnome: 2.28.2

    Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT

    Desktop effects enabled (compiz, 4 desktops)

    Cannot open new termina during freeze. (Well the window may open but the prompt doesn't show up)

    I do not lose connectivity to remote services such as postgres, mail, jira
    Hadn't notice the "PREEMPT" (embarrassing, but true)

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    Did you install the NVIDIA video driver?

    Does turning off Desktop effects help?

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    On 03/07/2011 11:06 PM, burrhead wrote:
    >
    > Nvidia GeForce 9800 GT


    which graphics driver are you using? (find it in "My Computer")
    *try installing the nvidia driver


    >
    > Desktop effects enabled (compiz, 4 desktops)


    *turn it off, and see if that makes a difference.


    > Cannot open new termina during freeze. (Well the window may open but
    > the prompt doesn't show up)


    *BEFORE the problem shows up, open a terminal, start top and _leave_
    the terminal where it can be seen, do not allow another program to
    cover it (like, do not run firefox, thunderbird, whatever FULL screen)

    then when the problem occurs: _look_ at top and see what is eating all
    the cpu cycles and/or RAM


    > I do not lose connectivity to remote services such as postgres, mail,
    > jira


    what does that mean? can you (for example) click on thunderbird and
    collect mail?

    jira? tell me: is this a server in rack mount and you are accessing it
    remotely from an MMS-Windows desktop? or, is it an instance of
    openSUSE running in a VM on a laptop, or what?

    > Hadn't notice the "PREEMPT" (embarrassing, but true)


    if you don't have reason to run a special kernel, should you?
    i wonder how/why that kernel got installed..

    --
    DenverD
    CAVEAT: http://is.gd/bpoMD
    [NNTP posted w/openSUSE 11.3, KDE4.5.5, Thunderbird3.0.11, nVidia
    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

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    Default Re: Various apps going gray, non-responsive for 10 to 20 seconds

    Sorry, been away.


    > I do not lose connectivity to remote services such as postgres, mail,
    > jira


    what does that mean? can you (for example) click on thunderbird and
    collect mail?

    No, I mean that I do not have to login to tbird, postgres, jira etc
    when the freeze is over.

    jira? tell me: is this a server in rack mount and you are accessing it
    remotely from an MMS-Windows desktop? or, is it an instance of
    openSUSE running in a VM on a laptop, or what?

    No, this is not a rackmount. Under my desk, sole user.


    > Hadn't notice the "PREEMPT" (embarrassing, but true)


    if you don't have reason to run a special kernel, should you?
    i wonder how/why that kernel got installed..


    Probably not...

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