Well, the laptop doesn't get hot to the touch, at least not beyond what I would consider "normal". It's certainly no warmer to touch than when running under different distros.
Unfortunately, there's no way to predict when it's going to die, so other than have a memory/cpu/process list up and visible all the time. I can't get that kind of information. Maybe that's what I'll just have to do. Run top and wait for the inevitable...
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Okay, so after your post I ran top and left it ontop of my other windows and waited for a crash. I didn't have to wait long. This time, as the time before last, the fans didn't go crazy my laptop just stopped responding to all inputs.
Although, interestingly I've noticed that the network light flashes slowly when everything else is not responding. I still have to do a hard power cycle though. Here's the some of the top output during the crash. I can't see anything wrong with it though. Obviously I had to use a pen/paper to copy it...
Load Average: 0.19, 0.12, 0.13
Tasks: 146, 1 Running, 146 Stopped
CPUs 6.3%, 6.1%sy, 0.0%ni, 86.7%id, 0.7%wa, 0.0%hi, 0.2%si, 0.0%st
Memory 3095624k, 1365392k used, 1730232k free, 115260k buffers
Swap: 3116604k total, 0 used, 592548k cached
|VIRT |RES |SHR |S|%CPU |%MEM |TIME |CMD |
|398m |292 |20m |S|19.9 |9.7 |3:41.03|opera |
|118m |29m |14m |S|2.3 |1.0 |1:59.10|operapluginwrap|
|83716 |30m |7128 |S|1.3 |1.0 |2:23.72|Xorg |
|425m |89m |30m |S|1.0 |3.0 |2:07.71|gnome-shell |
|76356 |18m |10m |S|0.3 |0.6 |0:03.40|gnome-terminal |
|2740 |1024 |780 |R|0.3 |0.0 |0:07.3 |top |
Anything there look out of place? Any in particular I should be looking in the logs for?
Any help would be very gratefully received, obviously having a laptop that hangs every couple of hours isn't a usable system!