Odd machine behaviour

Amichai Rotman amichai at iglu.org.il
Fri Nov 30 11:02:56 UTC 2012

I'd blame the KVM. What kind of KVM is it?

Verify the BIOS settings for the Power Management policy.

By the way, if you connect to the machine remotely, why do you even need a

It isn't a Hibernation issue, because what you describe regarding the
machine is still on, means it is not turned off by Hibernation. What *does*
it say in the logs at the time it occurs?

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On Fri, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:26 PM, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 30 November 2012 01:15, Phil Dobbin <bukowskiscat at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have a AMD Athlon 2GHz box with 2 GB's of RAM running Debian Wheezy
> > with all the latest patches pulled in from the repos. It runs fine
> > (after the initial glitches with Gnome 3 which settled down about a
> > month ago) but it has a nasty habit of just "dying". By dying I mean,
> > I'll be logged into it from another machine using Byobu with tmux as the
> > backend & I'll get a broken pipe error message & sure enough, when I
> > cross the other side of the room, the screens gone blank (it's running X
> > Windows) & the keyboard & mouse are completely unresponsive.
> >
> > I can see that the mouse still has life (it's an optical one) & with it
> > being on a KVM switch, the light still shows activity on the switch &
> > the computer tower itself has a green LED showing it's running & if I
> > strain, I can still hear it running.
> This is a bit beyond my level of expertise, but a couple of ideas:
> * attach an actual physical keyboard to the flakey machine, and then
> either or both of:
> * enable X-clobbering and see if Ctrl-Alt-Backspace terminates X.org
> and drops you to a console, in which case, you know it's still running
> & it might be a graphics-related issue
> * try the Linux system-reset key combination - if it works, that will
> tell you if the kernel is still responsive
> If the keyboard is USB then you can have multiple ones. I suggest a
> local connection in case the issue is KVM-related; indeed, IIWY & if
> possible, I'd remove the KVM for testing purposes.
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