HP 6730b freezes all of a sudden

I have a problem with my laptop,
it doesn’t matter if I use KDE or GNOME, my laptop freezes every now and then.
It doesn’t matter what I do, change my background, run a virtual machine, copy something… when it freezes, there is nothing I can do except turn it off and on again.
it doesn’t respond to anything.
every hardware test passed superbly. I tried installing ubuntu for a week, had no problem with it, it worked flawlessly.
there is nothing in /var/log/messages

So I have no idea what is wrong, but you might want to look at more than one log file. I have a script file that allows one to look at nine different log files:

S.L.A.V.E. - SuSE Logfile Automated Viewer Engine - Version 2.00

Second, it is possible to load and try out more than one kernel version, which could be helpful to you. Such problems could be related to the kernel version. Here is a procedure for that, allowing you to maintain more than one kernel version, taken from another message here:

Yes, it is possible to keep both your old and new kernels. You need to change how YaST Software Management works with kernel updates, to allow you to maintain both the old kernel and the newer kernel.

edit the file /etc/zypp/zypp.conf to say:

## Packages which can be installed in different versions at the same time.
## Packages are selected either by name, or by provides. In the later case
## the string must start with "provides:" immediately followed by the capability.
## Example:
##    kernel                - just packages whith name 'kernel'
##    provides:multiversion(kernel)   - all packages providing 'multiversion(kernel)'
##                      (kenel and kmp packages should do this)
## Valid values:
##    Comma separated list of packages.
## Default value:
##    empty
# multiversion = provides:multiversion(kernel)

multiversion = kernel-desktop

If you use KDE, you can use the menu Run Command:

kdesu kwrite /etc/zypp/zypp.conf

The file zypp.conf has a whole lot more in it than the small portion shown above. You are adding only the line shown in bold (and it will not be in bold in your file after being added. So be careful not to mess anything else up. caf 4926, posted a page from Software Management showing how to then select the added kernel, though this is from the newer openSUSE 11.4, in beta testing right now.


After making the change, restart your computer and then do the following after you are logged back into openSUSE:

menu / System / YaST & Enter Root User Password, then in YaST Select:

Software Management / View (top Left) / Package Groups / Multiversion Packages

There will be a listing for your loaded kernel. Now select the Versions Tab. Notice on the versions tab that instead of having a Bullet to select, where only one bullet can be active, you now have check blocks and more than one check can be selected.

Now when you select more than one kernel to be loaded, each installed kernel will have two (or more) entries made in your grub, menu.lst file. Thus allowing you to select both the old and new kernel loads. If you install a new kernel and normally install a binary video driver, the hard way, you must reinstall the video driver for each new kernel that you install.

Finally, I have a script file that you can use to compile and install the very latest kernel which also maintains (and does not replace) your old kernel. This thread is located at:

S.A.K.C - SuSE Automated Kernel Compiler

This is not something a new user would do, but I don’t really know your user level here. Be aware that if you load many kernels, you may begin to forget just what kernel does what, so take it easy and don’t blow yourself up which a bunch of kernel installs.

Thank You,