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    Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    My system freezes completely and I have to press the power button. This happens randomly. Sometimes every few days, and today it happened about 3 times. It doesn't happen on my AMD laptop but it happens on my Ryzen desktop. I blacklisted Wayland and used x as my default but I still get the problem which-ever way.

    Does this happen on XFCE and KDE as well?

    I've been installing patches but nothing has fixed the freezing yet.

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    Re: Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    The very first thing I check when intermittent freezes occur are all the connection in the hardware making sure all the cards and modules are well seated and that the accumulated fluff in the machine is eliminated and the box is as it should be. The next thing I have done in the past, is check the memory with memtest86. I don't think there's an intermittency problem with the released f28 and f29 distributions because both work pretty universally, and for me, on a number of different machines. If memory checks out okay, then I look to support for video cards, perhaps look at what bugs or unsupported aspects exist in the drivers. With Ryzen I believe, to get the optimal results, you are best with the very latest software, but I've only read about that with no actual experience. I guess I'd read up the experiences users have had with Ryzen to see if there's something in that for you because early on there were issues.

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    Re: Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    Thanks, I'll look up the drivers. Thing is, I was on Windows prior to this and there were no shutdowns so I pretty much rule out the hardware connections.

    memtest86 is a good idea.

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    Re: Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    Perhaps I should flash BIOS and upgrade 2 versions up. Somebody suggested this on another forum.

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    Re: Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    When you say press the power button I guess you mean holding it for several seconds. If you mean it shuts down with just a "press the power button" then it isn't actually completely hung if it shut down. That's probably obvious to you but just wanted to check based on your wording. If a press of the power button doesn't initiate a shutdown have you tried alt-sysrq-reisub before forcing off with the power button? - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_SysRq_key

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    Re: Fedora 28 and 29 both freeze (on X and Wayland)

    Thanks hogweed - if the problem persists I'll try that method. I flashed my BIOS too, just in case.

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