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Re: Linux crashes a lot

I use Mozilla M17 without any problems.

From: John Reinke <jmreinke@ukans.edu>
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Linux crashes a lot
Date: Fri, 1 Sep 2000 02:52:06 -0500

Yep, that's what I said. Linux crashes a lot.

It commonly seems to coincide with Netscape crashing, but it almost always
takes the whole system with it. I can't Ctrl-Alt-Backspace or change to
another console. Occasionally I can telnet into the box and try to kill X,
but it never works. I always end up having to hit the reset button, which
doesn't make me happy. Twice, it has crashed while running dselect from a

I need to use a "real" web browser, which seems to mainly be Netscape. I
shouldn't be forced not to use Netscape, just so my box doesn't crash -
this is Linux after all. I've tried different window managers
(Enlightenment, Afterstep, Windowmaker...), but that doesn't help.

I've considered compiling the magic key combination into the kernel, but
it's the crashing or rebooting that I'd like to avoid in the first place.

Other than not using Netscape, or disabling java or javascript (that helps,
but not totally), what can/should I do to keep from crashing so often?
Right now, it seems to crash about every other day.

Additionally, I had something else weird happen today. I couldn't log into
my box from another machine, xdm, or a console, but it was still running
IPMasq services, etc. I finally had to reset it, since I couldn't get into
it at all. It would never complete the validating process. The kernel logs
showed the output like I see sometimes when it crashes and I'm at the
console - several lines of addresses and numbers.  Any suggestions to
prevent this from happening again would also be helpful.


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