I'm not sure whether this is a software issue or what, so I'm posting this under the general listing. This is the problem I'm having;
With gradual increasing frequency, the entire system will lock up. Nothing will work except that the curser will move when I move the mouse. Force quit does nothing when I try it. I get the little target cross-hairs curser, but I am unable to get it to do anything if I place it over the window I want to close. None of the tried-and-true escape methods work. The only way out is to take the machine down cold, and hope that things don't get too scrambled.
As I mentioned, this is happening with increasing frequency. It was a few days between the first occurance and the next, just a day or so till the next, and now, several times in a single session.
The only good news is that I can still boot to my trusty installation of FC3, which still works flawlessly.
I haven't completely ruled out hardware as a possible cause, though it seems a bit unlikely, unless it could be the hard drive.
I have FC3 installed on /dev/hda, a 40G Western Digital. I have FC5 installed on /dev/hdc, an identical 40G Western Digital. FC3 works flawlessly. Below is my hardware.
00:00.0 Host bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8375 [KM266/KL266] Host Bridge
00:01.0 PCI bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8633 [Apollo Pro266 AGP]
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Live! EMU10k1 (rev 0a)
00:08.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Live! MIDI/Game Port (rev 0a)
00:09.0 Serial controller: 3Com Corp, Modem Division 56K FaxModem Model 5610 (rev 01)
00:0a.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
00:0e.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
00:11.0 ISA bridge: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233A ISA Bridge
00:11.1 IDE interface: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE (rev 06)
00:11.2 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
00:11.3 USB Controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev 23)
00:11.5 Multimedia audio controller: VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8233/A/8235/8237 AC97 Audio Controller (rev 40)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3 Inc. VT8375 [ProSavage8 KM266/KL266]
and my operating system. There is a newer kernel installed, but I haven't got it configured for my Win4LinPro installation, yet, so I boot to this kernel.
$ uname -a
Linux 00301B1CFE09 2.6.17-1.2174_FC5 #1 Tue Aug 8 15:30:55 EDT 2006 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux
I searched, some, for any similar problems posted, but haven't found anything, yet. So I appologize if there is another post of this problem that I missed.
Does anyone have any ideas? I'd sure appreciate any help I can get with this.
Thanks in advance.