computer shutdown on linux

Hello everyone,

I have major problem with my linux session (OpenSuse 11.4 x64). The session opens but after a few minutes the computer shut down by itself with a small message appearing on the bottom left of the desktop. It does this on both normal and failsafe mode while my windows partition works perfectly well.

I’ve checked /var/log/messages there’s nothing but in boot.msg there’s “warning : deprecated config file /etc/modprobe.conf , all config files belong into /etc/modprobe.d”. This message also appear when the computer shut down.

Does anyone have an idea of what’s wrong? Shall i repair my config files using the bootable dvd i’ve used to create my linux partition?

Thanks for help

Julien

Welcome here.

You say it stops when you are using a desktop. Which desktop (KDE, Gnome, …).

Also, openSUSE 11.4 is beyond support. Thus it may be that not very many people can try if they have the same as you, because they allready switched to 21.2 or 12.2. And there are of course no more security updates for 11.4.

On 01/28/2013 09:06 AM, jbeaumet89 wrote:
>
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have major problem with my linux session (OpenSuse 11.4 x64). The
> session opens but after a few minutes the computer shut down by itself
> with a small message appearing on the bottom left of the desktop. It
> does this on both normal and failsafe mode while my windows partition
> works perfectly well.
>
> I’ve checked /var/log/messages there’s nothing but in boot.msg there’s
> “warning : deprecated config file /etc/modprobe.conf , all config files
> belong into /etc/modprobe.d”. This message also appear when the computer
> shut down.
>
> Does anyone have an idea of what’s wrong? Shall i repair my config
> files using the bootable dvd i’ve used to create my linux partition?

That message about the config file is harmless and can be ignored. If you want
to get rid of the warning, then run the command ‘sudo mv /etc/modprobe.conf
/etc/modprobe.d/60-oldconfig.conf’.

Shutdowns in Linux when Windows runs fine are frequently caused by bad RAM. You
should run memtest86+ for at least 12 hours. The basic reason is that Windows
tries to keep as much free memory as possible, and much of memory may not be
touched. On the other hand, Linux operates from the philosophy that unused
memory is wasted memory. Every byte of RAM is used.

If the memory tests fine (zero errors), then you should make certain that all
fans are turning, and that heat sinks are not clogged with dust.

> many people can try if they have the same as you, because they allready
> switched to 21.2 or 12.2. And there are of course no more security

Pretty sure he meant 12.1 or 12.2… there is no version beyond 12.2
currently. :slight_smile:

Also, it may be interesting to see what is in /var/log/messages at the
time of the shutdown. If nothing really obvious, what if you create a new
user and try that user instead in case something is wrong with your user’s
profile?

Good luck.

jbeaumet89 wrote:
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have major problem with my linux session (OpenSuse 11.4 x64). The
> session opens but after a few minutes the computer shut down by itself
> with a small message appearing on the bottom left of the desktop. It
> does this on both normal and failsafe mode while my windows partition
> works perfectly well.

What is the small message?

Does this happen if you just boot the computer and leave it alone?
What about if you boot the computer and log in and leave it alone?

On 01/28/2013 04:46 PM, hcvv wrote:
> there are of course no more security updates for 11.4.

this technically true, however if the OP were to make the EASY move to
openSUSE 11.4 Evergreen (simply takes adding one new repo and running
YaST Online Update), then there is full support of security updates, new
mozilla products and etc through July 2014, see http://tinyurl.com/4aflkpy

plus, besides myself there are others here running 11.4E

in addition to the excellent already offered (test the ram, try new
user, is it overheating and what happens if you boot it up and leave it
alone) i’d also ask:

is this an old install which has been running great for months and
months–and suddenly this problem pops up…OR is this a very recent
install of an old version–and from day one this problem has been seen.
(it is possible that a very new hardware set may not be supported by
such old software…also possible you just need to run YaST Online Update.)


dd
http://tinyurl.com/DD-Software

He did not mention he used Evergreen. Thus this is all full of assumptions.

On 01/28/2013 06:36 PM, hcvv wrote:

> He did not mention he used Evergreen. Thus this is all full of
> assumptions.

no! i did not assume anything–instead, i suggested that he could use
evergreen to avoid your “there are of course no more security updates
for 11.4”

read again.


dd

On 2013-01-28 16:06, jbeaumet89 wrote:
>
> Hello everyone,
>
> I have major problem with my linux session (OpenSuse 11.4 x64). The
> session opens but after a few minutes the computer shut down by itself

Sudden abrupt shutdown, or orderly shutdown?

> with a small message appearing on the bottom left of the desktop.

What does it say?

Has this setup been running correctly before and now does this, or is
this a new installation?


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

Hi everyone, thank you for your replies,

Well, my installation is linux 11.4 but not the Evergreen version. It has been running well with the dual boot on windows for nearly 1.5 year.

To reply others question :

Indeed it also shutdown when i login and leave it alone (even if it remains on longer when doing so), and it shuts down even in the failsafe mode. It doesn’t shut down when i just boot and leave it on the grub.

It’s more like a properly shutdown with the usual picture of the cameleon and the messages of the checking of the config files like when opening.

I don’t have message in /var/log/messages and concerning the message that appears before shut down, it appear in little shell and it starts with “alert system messages, critical …” but it shut down so quickly that i don’t have time to read it entirely, i will try to picture it so that i can read it.

Thanks again,
Julien

@lwfinger
how to run memtest86+ ? in a shell or with yast? i fear that the computer would shut down while running it anyway but thanks

On 01/29/2013 12:16 PM, jbeaumet89 wrote:
> and it starts with “alert system messages, critical …”

i guess “critical temperature shutting down . . .”

probably just need to clean out dust and stuff…

here are a 400,000 previous ideas in this forum how to on how to do that:
https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aforums.opensuse.org+heat+cpu+temperature+dust

if it is a laptop, or you are not comfortable with opening the case of a
desktop tower…then either read a LOT or, ask a friendly geek to help
(btw, i would never open a laptop…but, some do)


dd
http://tinyurl.com/DD-Caveat

On 2013-01-29 12:16, jbeaumet89 wrote:

>
> It’s more like a properly shutdown with the usual picture of the
> cameleon and the messages of the checking of the config files like when
> opening.

Then it is not a BIOS thermal shutdown. Something initiated by the
kernel, perhaps. Or the desktop. Try leaving the machine runing without
login in.

> I don’t have message in /var/log/messages and concerning the message
> that appears before shut down, it appear in little shell and it starts
> with “alert system messages, critical …” but it shut down so quickly
> that i don’t have time to read it entirely, i will try to picture it so
> that i can read it.

If it says something is critical it should be written down. You can have
a look at the /var/log/warn file, it should register all very important
messages.

Try making a photo with a camera, reading it is really important.


Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 12.1 x86_64 “Asparagus” at Telcontar)

On 01/29/2013 05:16 AM, jbeaumet89 wrote:
> @lwfinger
> how to run memtest86+ ? in a shell or with yast? i fear that the
> computer would shut down while running it anyway but thanks

Neither. You boot memtest86+ separately - it does not run under an OS. Some
versions of the install media have it as a boot option, otherwise, an iso image
of it is available as a download.