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#1 2018-08-06 20:13:41

Registered: 2018-08-06
Posts: 3  

Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

So I just upgraded to Ascii from (Devuan) Jessie last week when some kind of snafu with updates ended up breaking the suspend functionality on my laptop. (Don't know exactly what the story was there, I just took it as a prompt to make the move.) This went fairly smoothly overall; however, I was dismayed to find that GTK3 has metastasized and taken over still more of XFCE while I wasn't looking. Accordingly, I decided to move back to my old-reliable desktop environment, Window Maker. Unfortunately, while it's mostly working as expected, I've been having problems with the system periodically kacking itself that I was not having before.

Every so often, the screen goes black except for rapid yellow noise patterns in the very leftmost pixel column while the fan revs up, presumably due to CPU activity. Ctrl-Alt-Fn does not switch to another virtual terminal, or if it does that's also hidden under blackness and noise. I haven't conducted extensive tests to see whether the system is responding at all, but the Suspend key doesn't work, so my guess is "no." Thus far, I've pretty much had to power it off manually and reboot in order to get back to normal, and that's getting a little old.

I'm not sure, but I suspect this originates in Window Maker somewhere, because it happened constantly while I was in the process of getting my dock icons and application menu set up; it's much less frequent in normal use, but still does apparently happen. However, I can't say that with certainty because I wasn't really using XFCE for that long post-upgrade, so I may simply have missed it occurring under that environment.

The laptop is a Thinkpad X201 and the distribution is Ascii-amd64 with all the latest updates. I've poked around a little in ~/.xsession-errors and /var/log/messages but I haven't noticed anything obviously relating to whatever's going on. Anything else I should look at to see if I can figure this out?

(Also, separate, minor, probably-unrelated-but-you-never-know issue: ever since the upgrade, the system comes back from suspend with xscreensaver -lock running but the screen off - the monitor doesn't actually turn on until I press a key. Any idea what's up with that?)


#2 2018-08-11 23:12:05

Registered: 2018-06-13
Posts: 148  

Re: Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

let's start with:

apt install inxi


inxi -F -r

Post output in code block....

Last edited by ChuangTzu (2018-08-11 23:12:41)


#3 2018-08-11 23:52:38

Registered: 2018-08-06
Posts: 3  

Re: Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

Here you go:

Host: devuan
Kernel: 4.9.0-7-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: N/A
Distro: Devuan GNU/Linux ascii

Device: laptop
System: LENOVO
product: 3626G37
v: ThinkPad X201
serial: R9CL8BH
model: 3626G37
serial: 1ZHYX13X1ZE
v: 6QET62WW (1.32 )
date: 12/17/2010

Battery BAT0:
charge: 33.5 Wh 100.0%
condition: 33.5/84.0 Wh (40%)

CPU: Dual core Intel Core i5 M 560 (-HT-MCP-)
cache: 3072 KB 
clock speeds:
max: 2667 MHz
1: 1199 MHz
2: 1199 MHz
3: 1466 MHz
4: 1466 MHz

Card: Intel Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller
Display Server: 1.19.2
drivers: modesetting (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
tty size: 80x24
Advanced Data: N/A for root

Audio: Card Intel 5 Series/3400 Series High Definition Audio
driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture
v: k4.9.0-7-amd64

Card-1: Intel 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection driver: e1000e
IF: eth0 state: down mac: f0:de:f1:50:d9:0d
Card-2: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 driver: iwlwifi
IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 18:3d:a2:2b:ad:44

Drives: HDD Total Size: 240.1GB (79.6% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: SanDisk_SDSSDA24 size: 240.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 3.7G used: 688M (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
ID-2: /usr size: 22G used: 5.9G (29%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda3
ID-3: /home size: 15G used: 9.2G (67%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
ID-4: /tmp size: 925M used: 1.3M (1%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda8
ID-5: /var size: 2.7G used: 513M (20%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5

Sensors: System
cpu: 46.0C
mobo: 0.0C
Fan Speeds (in rpm):
cpu: 1988

Repos: Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list
deb ascii main
deb ascii-updates main
deb ascii-security main
deb ascii-backports main
deb-src ascii main
deb-src ascii-updates main
deb-src ascii-security main
deb-src ascii-backports main

Processes: 247
Uptime: 5 days
Memory: 3152.7/3753.8MB
Client: Shell (bash)
inxi: 2.3.5


#4 2018-08-12 00:33:04

Registered: 2018-06-13
Posts: 148  

Re: Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

Repos for ASCII should resemble this:
deb ascii          main
deb ascii-updates  main
deb ascii-security main

I recall in the forum that there was a problem with pkgmaster and ASCII.  You could change the repos (remember to use your country code, ie: http://us.deb.devuan....) then:

apt update && apt -f install



#5 2018-08-12 00:54:18

Registered: 2018-08-06
Posts: 3  

Re: Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

Thanks, I'll give that a try.


#6 2018-08-12 01:09:38

Registered: 2018-06-13
Posts: 148  

Re: Periodic crashing (in Window Maker?) on Ascii

For reference, this is my:
Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list

deb ascii main non-free contrib                 
deb-src ascii main non-free contrib             
deb ascii-security main non-free contrib        
deb-src ascii-security main non-free contrib    
deb ascii-updates main non-free contrib         
deb-src ascii-updates main non-free contrib     
deb ascii-backports main contrib    


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