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    [SOLVED] Randomly crashes

    Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex, 2.6.27-11-generic

    I'm not sure what error log to paste,

    Randomly a lot of times after switching desktops, the computer will crash, only sound will work, and I have to force shut down.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Start with /var/log/Xorg.0.log (anything with an (EE) is a real error)

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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by braddcadd View Post
    Start with /var/log/Xorg.0.log (anything with an (EE) is a real error)
    nope, nothing is marked with EE, I think it might have something to do with compiz desktop switches,
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    Re: Randomly crashes

    system->admin->system_log are a bunch of good logs all in one place

    You can always turn compiz off (System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects->None will do that i think).

    However, most random freezes/crashed like that are due to hardware configuration, especially video drivers. What video driver do you have? (type lspci in a terminal to find out)

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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by braddcadd View Post
    system->admin->system_log are a bunch of good logs all in one place
    Thanks, that is good to know xD

    Quote Originally Posted by braddcadd View Post
    You can always turn compiz off (System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects->None will do that i think).
    and nah, I need my compiz =( I'll resort to that last.

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8800M GTS (rev a2)
    <= graphics card
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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Wild guess... do you have AWN running and with a bunch of plugins? I would have those kinds of freezes when I did...

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    Re: Randomly crashes

    OK, nVidia is what we are looking for. Now we can configure it. First let's do a little more diagnostics:
    (1) post your /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    (2) also post the results of this command "lsmod | grep nvidia"

    Once we have this info we may know if we need to install (a) repository drivers, (b) envy, or (c) something uglier. Take a look at this post:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...49&postcount=4

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    Re: Randomly crashes

    tak@Lockpick:~$ lsmod | grep nvidia
    nvidia 6909268 38
    i2c_core 31892 1 nvidia
    agpgart 42184 2 nvidia,intel_agp

    __________________________________________________ _____________________-
    xorg.conf

    # nvidia-settings: X configuration file generated by nvidia-settings
    # nvidia-settings: version 1.0 (buildd@palmer) Mon Nov 3 08:46:46 UTC 2008

    # xorg.conf (X.Org X Window System server configuration file)
    #
    # This file was generated by dexconf, the Debian X Configuration tool, using
    # values from the debconf database.
    #
    # Edit this file with caution, and see the xorg.conf manual page.
    # (Type "man xorg.conf" at the shell prompt.)
    #
    # This file is automatically updated on xserver-xorg package upgrades *only*
    # if it has not been modified since the last upgrade of the xserver-xorg
    # package.
    #
    # Note that some configuration settings that could be done previously
    # in this file, now are automatically configured by the server and settings
    # here are ignored.
    #
    # If you have edited this file but would like it to be automatically updated
    # again, run the following command:
    # sudo dpkg-reconfigure -phigh xserver-xorg

    Section "ServerLayout"
    Identifier "Layout0"
    Screen 0 "Screen0" 0 0
    EndSection

    Section "Module"
    Load "glx"
    EndSection

    Section "ServerFlags"
    Option "Xinerama" "0"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Configured Monitor"
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor0"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "Seiko"
    HorizSync 30.0 - 75.0
    VertRefresh 60.0
    EndSection

    Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Monitor1"
    VendorName "Unknown"
    ModelName "VIZ VO47LFHDTV20A"
    HorizSync 31.0 - 70.0
    VertRefresh 50.0 - 77.0
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Configured Video Device"
    Driver "nvidia"
    Option "NoLogo" "True"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device0"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce 8800M GTS"
    EndSection

    Section "Device"
    Identifier "Device1"
    Driver "nvidia"
    VendorName "NVIDIA Corporation"
    BoardName "GeForce 8800M GTS"
    BusID "PCI:1:0:0"
    Screen 1
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Device "Configured Video Device"
    Monitor "Configured Monitor"
    DefaultDepth 24
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"

    # Removed Option "TwinView" "0"
    # Removed Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    Identifier "Screen0"
    Device "Device0"
    Monitor "Monitor0"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option "TwinView" "1"
    Option "metamodes" "DFP-0: nvidia-auto-select +0+0, DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +1440+0"
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection

    Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Screen1"
    Device "Device1"
    Monitor "Monitor1"
    DefaultDepth 24
    Option "TwinView" "0"
    Option "metamodes" "DFP-1: nvidia-auto-select +0+0"
    SubSection "Display"
    Depth 24
    EndSubSection
    EndSection
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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by Seks View Post
    Wild guess... do you have AWN running and with a bunch of plugins? I would have those kinds of freezes when I did...
    nah I'm afraid not,
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    Re: Randomly crashes

    Quote Originally Posted by Tak11 View Post
    Thanks, that is good to know xD


    and nah, I need my compiz =( I'll resort to that last.

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8800M GTS (rev a2)
    <= graphics card
    You should do it to determine the cause of the problem. It sounds like the unresolved bug that I had. I wish I could use compositing again.

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