Hoary, Gnome, 2.6.11 Freeze problem

Parijat Mishra parijat.ubuntu at gmail.com
Wed Oct 12 04:40:27 UTC 2005

Hello all,

I am running Hoary with latest updates on a Dell Latitude C640 for some time
now. Yesterday I installed the linux-image-2.6.11-0.2 package to replace the
2.6.10-5 kernel I had. I also have a 2.6.11-custom kernel compiled from
(ubuntu) sources.

Now, when I boot up the system using the 2.6.11-02 kernel, all is fine,
until I log into GNOME (using GDM). The login process starts normally with
the splash screen, etc. Then the default background, and two blank panels
appear at the top and bottom of the screen. At this point the desktop
freezes: keyboard. mouse etc. do nothing visible. I can't ssh into my
machnie either. Neither can I switch VTs. Perhaps the kernel has gone for

This does not happen when I use my custom 2.6.11 kernel. Neither was this
the case with the 2.6.10 kernels (ubuntu images and my custom kernels).

I would like to investigate the crash a little bit more and dig out the
cause. How could I get started?
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