I was recently given a laptop from a friend with a half-installed windows OS on the hard disk. I formatted the computer & installed openSUSE 12.1 (Gnome-flavored) from a DVD, and set up a single partition (eg. /).
Ever since installation, though, I noticed the system was kind of laggy (and hadn’t been so much when running Linux off a USB). Still, I thought “Maybe it’s the amount of memory,” (the computer has 1.25 GB RAM), and is just having problems. I then set up a new, 2GB swap file at “/swap”.
Everything seemed to be okay, so I drug out the old Ethernet cable to try to get the Broadcom wireless drivers. However, when I started using Firefox for a few minutes, the computer would freeze completely. After manually restarting the computer, I was able to get my drivers downloaded and the wireless running, but then later, more freezes. The freezes came more often, some when Firefox isn’t open, or immediately after the close of a window, for example after closing the terminal, so it seems rather sporadic. It still seems like some memory problem, because the freeze happens after some “action” being performed.
One big detail (hopefully):
My symptoms are similar to those described on the form here: http://forums.opensuse.org/forums/english/get-technical-help-here/install-boot-login/468612-opensuse-12-1-random-freezes.html
But there is one difference… Occasionally, when the computer freezes, the screen will turn to white & pink alternating lines.
I haven’t reported a bug yet because I feel I don’t have enough information yet, and I would like to see if anyone here could help me first. Also, I am not currently at the computer, but I will try to give more detail when I am able to.
Thanks to everyone in advance