Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77675
System freezes or autorepeats input in runlevels 3 and 5
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:48:22 EDT
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Description of problem:
At runlevel 3, system runs for 10 or 20 minutes but freezes (ceases to respond
to keyboard or mouse). If I startx/gnome, if it starts at all, it freezes
within a few minutes if I just let it sit and in less than a minute if a do
anything at all on the desktop. Sometimes at runlevels 3 and 5, the system
begins generating autorepeating characters, usually when I try to type
something but sometimes on its own. This has occurred during and after logon
at runlevel 3 and using the graphical logon. There are no error messages
during boot or afterwards.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.There is no specific sequence of events that trigger the problem.
Actual Results: At runlevel 5, any keyboard or mouse activity will cause
freeze if continued for anything close to a minute. If there is no mouse or
keyboard activity after startx, it freezes after a few minutes. At runlevel 3,
it takes much longer.
Expected Results: The system should not freeze.
Dell Workstation 530, dual Xeons, dual 36 MB SCSI (on-board controller), 1 GB
RDRAM, on-board firewire /w external Sony DVD+R/+RW, on-board 3Com NIC, PCI
Linksys LNE 100 v5 NIC, SoundBlaster Live 512V, Nvidia Quadro2 EX /w Dell-
provided drivers for RedHat 8.0. Have installed Dell drivers using provided
rpm and have recompiled and reinstalled the Dell drivers - same problem. Have
done multiple formats and RH8 install attempts. Rated high severity because
system is unusuable; however, this is not a machine that I use to earn my
You may want to try without the Dell provided display drivers to see if that
In response to firstname.lastname@example.org: The first day or so I did try both the
drivers in the RedHat retail and the latest Nvidia linux drivers. Got the
freezes and so starting working with the Dell drivers.
Just set a new record for X11/Gnome - managed to run long enough to launch
up2date and start downloading packages. It froze in the middle of the first
download. Don't think I will attempt any more up2dates, too great a risk of
freezing during a package install.
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 73733 ***