It seems that every few months of use or so (haven't really been keeping track to tell ya the truth >_<) my Fedora installation becomes really unstable. I'll be in the middle of doing something and then all of a sudden it freezes and locks the entire system. And unfortunately I need to boot up my Mac OS X iatkos installation (mostly unused due to fail drivers :/) to get my HFS+ directory (100GB partition currently containing essentially all of my Media...) out of read-only mode after having to force shutdown the comp.
Now this has happened to me on every distribution of Linux I have used for an extended period of time (probably a month or two at most = extended :/) on this laptop (Fedora 10,11,12 ; Linux Mint 7 ; Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Seems to happen ONLY at shutdown for some strange reason @Ubuntu 10.04 LTS unlike the Fedora distros...))
My Fedora 12 installation has currently became so unstable that I have started using my Ubuntu installation to wait for the release of Fedora 13.
Just kinda wondering if anyone knows what causes this and if there is anyway to stop it from happening. I don't necessarily need a fix to this problem unless its somehow serious like my Hard Drive failing or something (Only would work if this was Windows as Linux is too smart to not notify me of that lulz... plus this comp is just less than a year old.) but its still a pain in the ass, esspecially considering that I currently dont have a bootloader (due to Windows or iatkos, idk...) and im using the Arch Linux live CD to boot... Plus everyone loves it when you lose all your progress right? heh...
- was thinking of posting this on LQ but with this I figured, why not here? - after getting the e-mail
Computer in Question :
Dell Inspiron 15 (actually a 1545? (as in title)) Had it since around May 28, 2009 4GB of ram (running 32-bit OSes so only accessing around 3.4GB in most cases (although Ubuntu 10.04 is reporting 3.9GB so >_>...)), Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00GHz 300GB something Hard Drive that I had an issues with in the past (linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-hardware-18/…) (had this freezing problem ever since I switched to Linux though (1 week since I got this comp lol so idk about this thing happening in Windows...)) so yea...
LSPCI Readout 600 characters isn't enough :/ -
Sometimes such instabilities can come from improperly tested software. Do you download a lot of programs that are not frequently updated, like some games? These can be slightly incompatible with future versions of the same os.
My advice: in the future, only download software that you can find a homepage for, and it has been updated in the last 2 months or so.
answered 04 May '10, 01:04
I suggest monitoring the memory usage, hard drive temperature, and other system qualities. You can run
If your time is free, go ahead and do all this without changing your installation. For best effect, I would suggest just reinstalling the most stable distribution you've found for that lappie, and make it as minimal an installation as possible. The less packages installed the less variables there will be to account for. Then configure system monitoring to see if a clean install still has temperature issues.
Also consider running a sector scan on your hard drive (man th ee2fsck -c option). A a ram check is worth the time, too.
Personally, I abandoned Fedora as a distro because I couldn't keep my system stable and up to date, and I'm way too busy to regularly reinstall an OS. I personally have few complaints about Ubuntu.
answered 11 May '10, 06:53
It's easy to rule out hardware problems:
I'd suggest starting by running a memtest and a disk diagnostic.
Linux uses memory much harder than XP, so you can get by a memory error on XP that will cause Linux to fail. Memtest can be run from almost any live CD or from the grub boot menu if that's what you're using.
Or, you'll get all the diagnostics from any one of a number of troubleshooting distributions:
Also, being a Dell, if you can still get into it, your utility partition contains diagnostics. I think it's an "F11" at the boot if you haven't over-written the Dell boot partition. (When I get a new machine, I tend to get one with a small disk, since vendors charge so much for upgrades. Then I swap it out for a larger, faster drive from a vendor like newegg.com and use that for my computing. In addition to cost savings, the advantage is that, should something go wrong, I have the pristine vendor-supplied disk for diagnostics as well as warranty claims.)
answered 25 May '10, 15:35
Maybe some hardware specs would help us answer your question.
answered 04 May '10, 06:12
What I can tell you is that I am working on a Dell Inspiron 1300 laptop with Fedora 12 and everything working flawlessly.
answered 10 May '10, 18:36