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    hp box occasional boot issues


    My hp pavilion a1130n will on occasion boot to the desktop like normal, but seems sluggish. I click the start launch icon, the sub menus pop up, but most are missing the little icons next to the menu item like 'utilities system and office. etc.' and when I click on a menu item, the system seems to freeze. I hit ctrl alt F2 for a new terminal window. In the tty window, I am unable to log in (it keeps returning to the login prompt). A cold restart solves the problem and the box can run all day with no issues and runs rock solid. I am stymied as to why. I suspect the hard drive, but not sure. I ran memtest on one pass and was ok. Opened the box and checked connections. Problem only occurs on boot and is infrequent. One time it hung at point just before loading grub boot loader and I had to cold reset. I thought about the suse install disk repair option to run.
    Sata 1tb hard drive
    2 gig ram
    amd 64bit processor
    nvidia 6200 pci express

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonsimon View Post
    Sata 1tb hard drive
    2 gig ram
    amd 64bit processor
    nvidia 6200 pci express
    this sounds very much like my previous mobo.
    may i take a guess:

    - about 10years old amd mobo with onboard nvidia gpu
    - new hard drive retrofitted

    am i right?

    anyhow, "amd 64bit processor" needs better specification; it's possible that it's just too old to comfortably run opensuse's desktop (kde?).

    for the nvidia you might want to install the legacy proprietary driver nvidia-304xx or sth like that.
    i think opensuse have excellent documentation, please consult their wiki on how to do that.

    i also see some risk potential in the combination of outdated processor & mobo, and rather large hard drive, but it's*just a 'gut feeling'.
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    Such a problem should certainly leave some clues in dmesg.

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    yes.
    Code:
    dmesg
    will output a lot of code.
    please don't just copy-paste it here, but READ it!
    it's english language, written by humans to be read by humans.
    maybe you can find something.
    hint: errors are clearly marked with "error" or "fail" or some such, warnings are (only) warnings but might be important too.
    the computer might not even perceive the sluggishness as a problem, but if you see e.g. lines repeating thousands of times, that could be a hint.
    etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nihili View Post
    yes.
    Code:
    dmesg
    will output a lot of code.
    please don't just copy-paste it here, but READ it!
    it's english language, written by humans to be read by humans.
    maybe you can find something.
    hint: errors are clearly marked with "error" or "fail" or some such, warnings are (only) warnings but might be important too.
    the computer might not even perceive the sluggishness as a problem, but if you see e.g. lines repeating thousands of times, that could be a hint.
    etc.
    I have my attached dmesg file attached. I looked it over, but I am not that familiar with system level operations. If the box is complaining about the very large hard drive (maybe the bios?), I can live with that as long as the box runs 99% of the time in a stable manner.
    p.s.
    I had to put the txt extension on my attached file for upload.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nihili View Post
    please don't just copy-paste it here, but READ it!
    well, technically you didn't copy-paste it, but close enough.
    anyhow, i never request output that i'm not ready to read through.
    it hurts my eyes just as much as yours.
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    I personally ignore attachments, there are tools to put logs directly into pastebin.

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