PCLinuxOS is freezing after updating a fresh install on an old Fujitsu laptop.
I've install PCLinuxOS KDE 2010.12 onto an old Fujitsu NSeries LIFEBOOK N5010 laptop.
It was a clean install (reformatted disk, single boot, using all defaults -- even reflashed the BIOS to the newest version).
I'm using the wireless network (-- impressed by how easy it is to setup a wireless network using PCLinuxOS.)
The system is stable if I do *NOT* do any OS updates. But if I update the OS, then after a few minutes of use, the computer freezes -- mouse is dead, keyboard is dead -- only way to shutdown is to hold the power button for 5 seconds.
I've experimented and found that if I use the BFS scheduler (kernel 184.108.40.206-pclos6.bfs) instead of the default kernel , then I can use the laptop for a couple of hours before it freezes (improvement from minutes to hours before it freezes). Also, the freezing occurs independent of whether I use the mouse or the mouse pad; and freezing does not depend on what application I am running.
Fujitsu NSeries LIFEBOOK N5010 Laptop
Intel Pentium 4
ATI Radon Mobility 9600 graphics
Atheros 802.11 ABG wireless
300GB Western Digital Disk
I'd appreciate any suggestions on how to attack this freezing problem.