X hang & general procedures

Felix Miata mrmazda at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 3 09:10:45 PST 2014

JB composed on 2014-11-01 23:01 (UTC-0700):

> Any insight into these things would be really very helpful. I'm googling 
> around, but there doesn't seem to be a lot of guides for those newbies 
> like me.

Pastebin your /var/log/Xorg.0.log and someone might be able to suggest what
to try WRT your specific hardware. It may be the driver for your gfxchip is
where the fault lies, not Xorg itself.

Another way to bisect is to try other distros, most easily with live media
rather than installing to HD. Distrowatch charts release dates and many
package versions, so you can choose what to try by trying something with a
kernel in between 13.10's 3.11 and 14.04's 3.13. e.g., Mageia 4 was released
with 3.12. If the other distro's X version itself is in the chart, then you
could choose one in between 13.10's 1.14.3 and 14.04's 1.15.1. Mageia 4's is
1.14.5. Fedora 20's is 1.14.4. CentOS 6.6 has 1.15.0. PCLinuxOS has 1.14.6.

How old are your motherboard and power supply? Sometimes the trouble is
defective or deteriorated parts. It may pay to pop the covers and look
inside: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacitor_plague
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words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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