Fedora Core 5 freezes on Dell Dimension E510

Stephen Adler adler at stephenadler.com
Mon Aug 14 10:34:19 EDT 2006

The following is my kernel setup. the latest kernel released by FC5 
updates still
had the bug which freezes my system after a few minutes after the X11 
graphic system
starts up. For me the problem is not the driver, but the kernel.

Cheers. Steve.

[adler at office00 ~]$ uname -a
Linux office00.chevychase.com 2.6.16-1.2133_FC5smp #1 SMP Tue Jun 6 
01:52:09 EDT 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
[adler at office00 ~]$ rpm -qa | grep kernel
[adler at office00 ~]$

Matt Shields wrote:
> I haven't gotten as far as trying to drop to init3 yet, but that was on
> my list.  I've done a couple reinstalls with both the x86 and x86_64
> discs.
> Tonight I'll try patching system (specifically kernel) and installing
> new ATI driver and let you all know tomorrow.
> Matthew Shields
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-bounces at blu.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at blu.org] On Behalf
> Of Jerry Feldman
> Sent: Monday, August 14, 2006 10:25 AM
> To: discuss at blu.org
> Subject: Re: Fedora Core 5 freezes on Dell Dimension E510
> On Monday 14 August 2006 9:37 am, Matt Shields wrote:
>> I have a Brand new Dell Dimension E510 with Pentium D 940 Dual Core
>> (3.2GHz, 800FSB), 1GB memory, 160SATA drive, CD/DVD reader.  I came
> with
>> Windows XP preinstalled and it ran perfect for a week, so I know it's
>> not a hardware problem (at least for XP).  I installed FC5 x86_64
> (since
>> it's Dual Core) and it installs fine, but after logging in and working
>> for a couple minutes the whole system freezes.  You can't drop to
> shell,
>> you can't break out of X, nothing.
> What kernel are you using? You should be using the SMP kernel.
> Additionally, 
> this processor supports HyperThreading as well. Try disabling the 
> hyperthreading. While the 2.6 kernel does support hyperthreading, there
> are 
> some issues. 
> Additionally, ATI has a newer driver for your graphics card, and you
> might 
> try to download that.
> One more question, can you switch to run level 3, and perform some tasks
> there, and see if you freeze up. 

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