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Old 12-26-08, 06:33 AM   #1
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Default A very violent hang... does anyone here experienced the same problem?


I've got quite a strange problem today and I was wondering if anyone here knows an workaround or at least [b]knows[b] what I'm talking about, because as far as I could find there are no similar reports around here, the Ubuntu Forums or Launchpad.

I installed Intrepid on a desktop with a GeForce 6600. I tried using the nvidia proprietary drivers on my desktop because the open nv driver was giving annoying black bars on the side of which I could not get rid of. It worked for the black bars, but now I'm facing random hangs, on which the monitor goes into standby mode and absolutely nothing works: can't switch to a terminal, can't restart X, can't even use Alt+SysRq+REISUB.

I can't give steps to reproduce this problem, it seems completely random. All I know is that reverting to the open drivers apparently makes the problem go away.

Does anyone here have any idea of what I can do? Well, first of all, does anyone here have any idea of what I'm facing? Perhaps the driver is triggering a problem not necessarily related to the video board? I've never faced a hang this harsh before...

PS: Both 173 and 177 (the two offered as packages by the Intrepid repositories) give the problem. It also happens in the Live CD. Is there any hope that installing the 180 might help?
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