12.2: lockups during general usage

Aloha. I’m using the 64-bit version of openSUSE 12.2. My problem is that I am repeatedly getting lockups at completely random intervals. The computer becomes unresponsive to all forms of input, to the point where it must be cold-rebooted by holding down the power button. Additionally, my hardware is a “mobile” core-i7, inside an asus laptop.

I have also checked /var/log/ warn and messages, and there is no error that happens near to the freeze (bluetooth and “failed to stat gvfs” messages occur 15-20 minutes beforehand, however). In addition, I have fsck’d my home and root partitions from the install dvd, to no avail.

I also tried leaving the computer idle overnight. It works fine when I wake up, so either it’s locked up during my sleep and become responsive again, or the issue only occurs during usage.

This issue also only began occurring a few days ago, possibly after an update. My recollection is poor, but if there are update logs I’m happy to go sleuthing through them.

I have also yet to attempt reinstalling openSUSE, or monitoring system resources for any patterns prior to the lockups. I have, however attempted “unconditional update” of various packages I suspect are offending, namely all KDE packages, my nVidia drivers (which report they are not installed when I attempt to run nvidia-settings), all X packages, java, flash, firefox, and a fresh install of chromium (the freezing occurs across Konq, chromium, and firefox).

I’m happy to answer any further questions if I’ve neglected any relevant information.

Many thanks for any help.

I have a bash script useful is reading log files: S.L.A.V.E. - SuSE Logfile Automated Viewer Engine - Version 2.60 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

I have another bash script that loads a useful util called inxi that identifies your hardware we would want to see listed here: H.I. Hardware Information - A Bash script to install and run inxi with default options! - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

For loading the nVIDIA driver, I have a blog on the subject here: Installing the nVIDIA Video Driver the Hard Way - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

We want to know your exact hardware including video chipset, how old is the PC and if it has been cleaned recently including blowing the dust out of all of the heat sinks.

Thank You,

PC is only a month old. Not cleaned, don’t know how to do so for laptops.

The problem has resolved itself since I uninstalled the nvidia drivers and re-enabled nouveau. I’d also add that I installed them from the nvidia repo. Given that I don’t exactly need high-powered 3D drivers, this is an adequate, if lazy solution. Note though that the drivers were unproblematic until a recent update.

Hardware info: imgur: the simple image sharer

It has hybrid graphics
That’s the problem