Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 416511
Kernel 'hangs' when using mouse/keyboard after short break.
Last modified: 2009-01-09 00:27:24 EST
Description of problem:
The new kernel update (kernel-188.8.131.52-63.fc8) causes my system to 'hang' when I
leave it alone for a couple of minutes, then press a key or use the mouse.
Everything freezes for about a second (i.e no video update), then the screen
updates and the cpu meters show full usage (when there was none before) and the
logs shows messages like;
Dec 5 16:55:08 echo kernel: psmouse.c: GlidePoint at isa0060/serio1/input0 lost
synchronization, throwing 2 bytes away.
Dec 5 16:55:12 echo kernel: psmouse.c: resync failed, issuing reconnect request
It can take a few seconds for the system to recover. Reverting back to the
kernel-184.108.40.206-49.fc8 version fixes this problem.
I have a dell inspiron 8500 laptop.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Leave machine alone for a couple of minutes.
2. Try moving mouse or pressing a key
System freeze/hang for a few seconds with a cpu spike
Immediate response, no cpu usage spike.
Same problem with kernel 220.127.116.11-85.fc8.
However I have discovered that the gnome-power-manager "Dim display when idle"
triggers this problem.
This feature does not work on my Inspiron 8500, however when a stuck the hard
drive into a Latitude D800 to test some other issues, the screen actually did
dim and there was no such problem.
Unchecking the dim when idle feature solves my problem back on my inspiron.
I'm not sure whether the problem really is the kernel, however the older
versions did not exhibit this problem when the dim when idle feature was
enabled. Both machines had the same graphics card (nvidia go 4200) so would have
been using the same X driver.
Unfortunately, while the dim when idle does seem to have helped, it has not
completely resolved my problem. I am still getting the "hangs" when idle for
some undetermined period of time. It does, however, now seem to be a longer
period of time.
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