Kernel panic while running X - how to diagnose?
cl at isbd.net
Wed Jan 28 15:18:42 UTC 2009
I'm getting very occasional kernel panics on my xubuntu 8.10 system.
By "very occasional" I mean maybe once a week or even less but they
tend to come in batches, for example it's happened three or four times
in the past few days after not having happened for a week or two.
It doesn't seem to be happening when running any particular
application though it *feels* like it happens when graphics/display
work is happening. E.g. it has happened sometimes when Firefox is
updating the display. I don't think it has ever happened when I'm not
using the system, it runs 24 hours a day as it also acts as a server
on our home LAN.
The symptoms are a total freeze of the X desktop and usually the
keyboard lights start flashing which I believe is indicating a kernel
There's nothing that I can see in any of the log files in /var/log.
Before all the logging that occurs when the system is restarted there
is only the normal "things happening" logging, nothing at all out of
The motherboard is an Asus P5Q-VM, Intel chipset. The temperatures
are ridiculously low (32 and 20 Celsius) so I don't think that's the
What can I do to diagnose the problem?
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