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    Default Computer instantly Crashing at times

    For the last 4-5 weeks my cpu will suddenly turn off, not shutdown, just instantly go off.

    It has happened when I've been browsing and even when I have not been at the computer. I know it could be a hardware malfunction, but I started seeing some consistency in it's crashes the last two weeks.

    During Skype, more and more, it would crash. And then I whenever I would upload more than 3 MP3 files to Amazon Cloud Music Player It would crash in the same way.

    I downgraded off Tumblweed this morning and it seems to be working better. It has crashed once, but it completed uploading 12 tracks to Amazon, which it had not been able to before.

    I'm running KDE 4.6.3 currently and Firefox 4.0.1 with Skype 2.2.0.25-suse111. I was using kernel ..39, now I'm on ..37.

    I'm content to stick with the 11.4 repos and ..37 kernel. But I would love to hear if anyone else has had these issues, or a suggestion to solve this?

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    On Sat, 04 Jun 2011 22:06:04 +0000, kahu wrote:

    > For the last 4-5 weeks my cpu will suddenly turn off, not shutdown, just
    > instantly go off.


    In my experience, this usually is a hardware issue - generally the system
    shutting down due to an overheating problem (and the hardware is
    protecting itself by powering off).

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    OK, I can confirm I'm still having an issue with the ..37 kernel.

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    Default Re: Computer instantly Crashing at times

    Quote Originally Posted by kahu View Post
    OK, I can confirm I'm still having an issue with the ..37 kernel.
    Then I'll move this for you to the broader audience of openSUSE 11.4 forums. (P.S. check your ram).
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    On 06/05/2011 08:36 AM, swerdna wrote:
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    > kahu;2349115 Wrote:
    >> OK, I can confirm I'm still having an issue with the ..37 kernel.

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    > Then I'll move this for you to the broader audience of openSUSE 11.4
    > forums. (P.S. check your ram).


    when was the last time you cleaned out all the chicken feathers and cat
    hair?

    sounds a lot like a heat problem to me also...tell us more about your
    hardware...age included...might be a power supply unit going bad..

    or a simple momentary short...

    but, i'm just about certain it is not an openSUSE issue...what do you
    find in the logs, say /var/logs/messages which correspond to the abrupt
    shut down....any errors or warnings printed there?

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    swerdna: I'd appreciate if you'd move this to the best forum...

    Yes, my crashes seem directly related to high network usage. I'll post a /var/log/messages post when I find another crash.

    Here's my hardware info:
    Acer Aspire E380
    AMD Athlon 64 X2
    1 WesternDigital HD 465.8 GB (4GB in SWAP partition)
    4GB RAM (3.63GB used in my 32-bit OS)
    Nvidia GeForce 6150SE with 270.41.19 driver

    My sense is that there's an issue or link with the Network Adapter. Especially as I cannot currently pull up information for it. Attempting to pull up /sbin/yast2 inetd (xinetd) just stalls. So does the YAST2 Hardware Information probe...

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    I've opened my box quite a few times in the last month to switch hard drives, and try to keep it clean. The crashes happen specifically during high uploads--downloads are fine!

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    It's specifically my "lmsensors/k8temp-pci00c3/Core1_Temp" that shows a steady temperature rise when uploading.

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    OK, Network cards info:

    88E8056 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet Controller

    Atheros AR5001X+ Wireless Network Adapter

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    On 06/05/2011 07:06 PM, kahu wrote:
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    > It's specifically my "lmsensors/k8temp-pci00c3/Core1_Temp" that shows a
    > steady temperature rise when uploading.


    i believe that is an inside the CPU temperature...what does it rise
    to...i don't guess it will shut down until something around +80 C..

    how old is your machine?

    have you ever turned it on with the cover off? does the fan on top of
    the CPU turn?

    have you ever removed the fan and used a brush to gently clean out the
    groves of the heat sink....that _might_ do the trick...if not i guess
    (depending on age) it might be that the CPU thermal grease has hardened
    and is no longer letting the heat flow to the heat sink..

    my experience is that that happened about every three years here, on my
    just past AMD 64 3000+

    unless you have more info, and if you are mechanically up to it, i'd say
    clean the ribs of the heat sink and see if that does the trick...if not
    i'd get a little tube of CPU thermal grease....and find and read two or
    three articles on HOW to change it, and HOW MUCH to use (not much, about
    the size of a single grain or rice)..

    if you are not up to the fiddling, take it to a shop....call a geek over...

    OH! by the way, have you messed with the CPU clocking/voltage? if so,
    drop it back to the way it was sold to you, and see if that won't solve
    the 'problem'..

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