Xorg segfaults randomly.


I’ve got a brand-new installation of openSUSE 13.1 and I installed the AMD proprietary driver as detailed here. I am getting random crashes by Xorg which always send me back to the login screen. I wasn’t able to reproduce whether the logouts are caused by a specific application running. I haven’t been using anything other than Firefox and the latest version of Skype in any case.

The error is the following:

  1556.312] (EE) Segmentation fault at address 0xffffffe802497ac6
  1556.312] (EE) 
Fatal server error:
  1556.312] (EE) Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting

One thing I noticed from the log:

This is a pre-release version of the X server from The X.Org Foundation.
It is not supported in any way.

Is openSUSE supposed to ship with a prerelease version of Xorg?

Full xorg.0.log.
Dmesg output.

Something in the xorg.log tells me to update my BIOS if possible, but I checked, it’s no longer receiving any updates. I am requiring the AMD proprietary driver because only it allows me to shut off the annoyingly loud fan of the dedicated graphics card in my laptop.

Hi !

What OS did you run before openSUSE 13.1 ?

Linux Mint 15. I’m using the same home directory but I killed the root partition.


Linux Mint 15. I’m using the same home directory but I killed the root partition.[/QUOTE]

Ah, OK :slight_smile:

In general I do it much the same way when I install a new version of openSUSE.
And that makes sense, because nobody wants to copy gigabytes of user data
if this isn’t absolutely necessary.

*But *in your home directory there lots of settings stored by the apps in the old versions
that you used.
These are in the files and folders, the names of which start with a period (or `.’).
And these in many cases will not be compatible to the new versions of the apps
that you use with your more recent (openSUSE) distro.

So boot a live Linux (may even be gparted, or Mint XX),
delete all files and folders in your home directory (/home/standarduser)
which start with a period, and reboot.
In the worst case, you may have to re-install openSUSE,
but you could give it a try.

Good luck


don’t delete the folder .thunderbird,
otherwise all of your old eMails will be gone
if you don’t have a backup !

Still I forgot something:
the files and folder starting with a . are usually invisible.

If you use e.g. KDE, you have to make them visible,
entering the view' pull-down-menu, and check View Hidden Files’.