[ltp] Linux not stable

surferjeff@excite.com linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Sun, 27 Oct 2002 00:40:49 -0400 (EDT)

I have been experiencing a lot of instability using Linux.  I am trying to use Linux to specifically get away from MS's unstable products.

For example, when I shutdown machine, I think my machine actually completes the shutdown process only about 30% of the time.  Usually it hangs on PCMCIA (even though there are no PCMCIA cards installed) or it hangs on the stopping logging part.

Also, yesterday, I was browsing the internet (actually, MSDN) and the system just totally hosed itself.  It started reading and writing to the hard disk like crazy, and the whole system slowed to a crawl.  I did a "shutdown now", and it never really made it into the shutdown process.

Why am I experiencing all these problems?  Is anyone else experiencing them?  I'm using Mandrake Linux 8.1, which is a little old, but I don't remember Linux being famously unstable a year ago.
Linux Version 2.4.8-26mdk, Compiled #1 Sun Sep 23 17:06:39 CEST 2001

I'm really doing ordinary things with my computer.  I haven't touched the kernel or installed anything sketchy or anything like that.  I just added the mwave modem driver, and actually, Linux wasn't shutting down correctly even before I added that driver.

Please help!

Jeffrey Glen Rennie

 --- On Sat 10/26,   wrote:
From:  [mailto: brianweber4@attbi.com]
To: linux-thinkpad@linux-thinkpad.org
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 2002 23:20:00 +0000
Subject: [ltp] Region Free DVD works in Mandrake 9.0!

> Today, I was also able to get Region Free DVD working on
> an IBM Thinkpad 380Z usitg OGLE DVD Player in Mandrake
> linux 9.0!
> OGLE download:
> http://www.dtek.chalmers.se/groups/dvd/
> This Thinkpad does not ever come with a DVD drive from
> IBM, but it accepted a Toshiba 4X SD-C-2202. 
> IBM does not list a 380Z DVD drive option, but it works
> none the less.
> I also upgrade the Pentium II 233 processor to a PII 333.
> Processor. This upgrade is also not an option with the
> Thinkpad 380Z per IBM, but also works fine!
> I was able to flash the SD-C-2202 DVD drive with Region
> Free firmware and with OGLE can watch all DVDs from all
> world regions!!
> Region Free Firmware:
> http://forum.firmware-flash.com/dl_firmware.php?category=2&manufactor=31
> I used firmware version 1021. !!BE SURE TO CHECK THE
> The CS4237B sound chip works well also using the setup below:
> 1) Disable Plug N Play function in Thinkpad BIOS by
> > shutting off quick boot option.
> > 
> > 2) Run sndconfig in superuser terminal using these
> CS423X values:
> > io=530, irq= 5, dma=1, dma2=3, mpu io=330, mpu irq=9.
> > 
> > 3) Log on as root, in file:/etc/pcmcia/config.opts edit
> as a comment by placing # in frount of line:
> > 
> > include port 0x100-0x4ff, port 0xc00-0xcff
> > 
> > 4) In KDE control panel, set sound server to start at
> > boot, using autodetect settings.
> > 
> > 5) use Kmix to set & save volumes.
> So there you have it, sound & Region Free DVD in Mandrake
> 9.0 on an IBM PII 333 Thinkpad 380Z!!
> > *
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