openSUSE 12.1, 32 bits, using Gnome 3.2.1, Nvidia 9400GT using the driver 295.71 from the openSUSE Nvidia repo.
First of all this a fresh install (from today) and the OS is up to date after applying updates/upgrades and the all mighty reboot. During the time i have used the desktop with the normal user experience i have noticed that it freezes randomly for several seconds and the screen flickers sometimes and a blue colour appears. During 3 hours of use the freeze was caused either by closing google chrome, by closing foobilliard or even by minimizing a window(this are some e.g.). To make the desktop respond i have issued alt+f2 and typed r to restart the desktop.
Second thing i want to say is that running Gnome in safe mode has no freezing issues.
Is this a general bug of the desktop ?
If not, any ideas on how to stop the freezes beside using the safe mode
Had same problem with openSUSE 12.1 64-bit + 550Ti / 6200TC + KDE 4.7 … reverting to nvidia 295.33 cured the issue for me. This week I updated to a single GT640 card and driver 304.37 without issue so far. Also driver 290.10 is reported to be golden.
Look in your logs and you will see something like “nvrm: attempt to yield in atomic section” or some such. It started happening when the kernel got upgraded, I think.
Malcolm, you where right, installing the latest nvidia driver the hard way helped a lot, so far i have not seen any freezes from the Gnome desktop with normal user experience. I will probably wait for the stable 12.2 opensuse to come out and then i will make a distribution upgrade.
Xorbe, i will keep that output saved on some txt maybe it comes handy in future as well; in what log should i search this output?
Upgraded to openSUSE 12.2, using the latest Nvidia driver installed manually 304.51, with Gnome 3.4 and i still get the random freezes; some times i have to reboot the PC because the desktop becomes unresponsive.
The only lines mentioning something about Nvidia are these:
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289523] NVRM: GPU at 0000:02:00: GPU-70c76a98-eb60-31d0-3dba-44c3d145c1be
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289531] NVRM: Your system is not currently configured to drive a VGA console
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289534] NVRM: on the primary VGA device. The NVIDIA Linux graphics driver
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289537] NVRM: requires the use of a text-mode VGA console. Use of other console
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289539] NVRM: drivers including, but not limited to, vesafb, may result in
Sep 30 10:14:11 creation kernel: 42.289542] NVRM: corruption and stability problems, and is not supported.