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    Default openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Dear all,
    My pc freezes when firefox is running not only to open a new tab but also to browse some pictures and flash video. The screen freezes, no Keyboard response. Only mouse pointer can be moved but it can not excute any program. That means I can see the mouse pointer moves but it can not click on any icon.
    I have to ssh from my laptop to my PC and kill firefox process but can't get any improvement. The screen is still freezing. Then I have no choice but to use root right to restart the pc. This system freezing has happens many times since the PC system was updated from openSUSE 11.3 to 11.4 one month ago. It's really random and I don't know when it will happen next time. But when it happens then I have no choice but to restart computer again.
    I notice that every time when PC freezes, the Xorg occupies 100% cpu resouce and as long as keeping this status.
    Even when the PC dose not freeze, I feel the mouse point does not moves so smoothly. It could stop for a very very short time in its moving. I did not find this moving problem when I was using openSUSE 11.3.
    I guess it may caused by the video card driver which may not installed appropriately on my openSUSE 11.4. But I don't know how to check and fix it. Can somebody help me? Thank you very much.
    Using "lspci |grep VGA" I get the following video card information:

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT218 [GeForce 210] (rev a2)

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    Default Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Hi,

    Can you post the result of this command :

    Code:
    hwinfo --gfxcard | grep -i -e device -e driver

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    Default Re: Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Hi,
    output is:
    SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:03.0/0000:01:00.0
    Device: pci 0x0a65 "GT200 [GeForce 210]"
    SubDevice: pci 0x1401
    Driver: "nouveau"
    Driver Modules: "drm"
    Driver Info #0:
    Driver Status: nvidiafb is not active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nvidiafb"
    Driver Info #1:
    Driver Status: nouveau is active
    Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe nouveau"

    Quote Originally Posted by DaaX View Post
    Hi,

    Can you post the result of this command :

    Code:
    hwinfo --gfxcard | grep -i -e device -e driver

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    Default Re : Re: Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Ok,

    You are using the nouveau driver.

    Can you now install the proprietary driver of your card to see if you have those symptoms. here how to install it : SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE

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    Default Re: Re : Re: Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Hi Daax,
    I open SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE
    and found there are three options for Use 1-Click-Install. Which one is sutable for my PC? Is it the third one :For all NVIDIA legacy cards (Geforce 4 and older, TNT), ?
    Thanks


    Quote Originally Posted by DaaX View Post
    Ok,

    You are using the nouveau driver.

    Can you now install the proprietary driver of your card to see if you have those symptoms. here how to install it : SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE

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    Default Re: Re : Re: Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    FWIW -
    I do not believe that any of the procedures recommended in the Wiki should be followed... The first section describes an installation that isn't self updating. The later "repository" sections describe installing specific drivers.

    IMO much better is to follow the nVidia instructions which is to add the repository, then invoke openSUSE Update to auto select and install the latest current driver.

    To do this "The nVidia openSUSE way" follow the steps and info in my post #323 in the following thread
    NVIDIA 260.19 Issues

    Substitute and insert the correct directory path that corresponds with your OS. This should work for <all> nVidia graphics cards.

    HTH,
    Tony

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    Default Re: Re : Re: Re : openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Hi tsu2,
    I read your post #323 just now. But I am a newer to Linux. So I have to ask a simple, maybe, question. How to add the nVidia repository "nVidia Repository Server: download.nvidia.com
    Diirectory: /opensuse/11.4 " to my OS? Can you tell me step by step? Thank you.




    Quote Originally Posted by tsu2 View Post
    FWIW -
    I do not believe that any of the procedures recommended in the Wiki should be followed... The first section describes an installation that isn't self updating. The later "repository" sections describe installing specific drivers.

    IMO much better is to follow the nVidia instructions which is to add the repository, then invoke openSUSE Update to auto select and install the latest current driver.

    To do this "The nVidia openSUSE way" follow the steps and info in my post #323 in the following thread
    NVIDIA 260.19 Issues

    Substitute and insert the correct directory path that corresponds with your OS. This should work for <all> nVidia graphics cards.

    HTH,
    Tony

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    FWIW -
    I have edited the openSUSE nVidia wiki to suggest what I believe should be the recommended way (Section: Update: The repository way from nVidia install notes )

    Tony

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Thanks to Tony and Daax. I have installed nvidia driver to my PC. Now mouse pointer is moving smoothly. I think the system freezing problem is resolved as well although I restarted my PC and keep it running for only one hour till now. But I will come back here later (maybe several days later) to report whether improvement comes or not.
    Before I come back, I would like to summerize here what I have done in the past hours. Hope this will benifit someone else.
    1. add the nVidia repository, see SDB:NVIDIA drivers - openSUSE , follows the instuctions in "Update: The repository way from nVidia install notes "
    2. invoke openSUSE Update to auto select and install the latest current driver
    3. reboot system
    4. configure nvidia driver by root typing "nvidia-xconfig" (not including "), check /etc/X11/xorg.conf to see whether the "Driver" of the "Device" section in the xorg.conf file is "nvidia" or not.
    5. reboot system again

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11.4 freezes randomly

    Dear all,
    The problem has been removed. Because no freeze occurred in the past several days since I installed nvidia driver. I want to add [resolved] into the title of this thread but unfortunately I didn't find how to do that.

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