#289 Libreboot X200 freezing up

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opened 1 month ago by plantroon · 5 comments

My Libreboot X200 freezes up when I use it for long periods. This did not happen before Libreboot. I have no way of getting any logs, it just freezes up. Sometimes the Caps Lock LED flashes, which I presume is a kernel panic, that I could catch somehow. I have to restart the laptop every 3 days just to keep going, I call this unusable because it happens in the most unfortunate circumstances.

My Libreboot X200 freezes up when I use it for long periods. This did not happen before Libreboot. I have no way of getting any logs, it just freezes up. Sometimes the Caps Lock LED flashes, which I presume is a kernel panic, that I could catch somehow. I have to restart the laptop every 3 days just to keep going, I call this unusable because it happens in the most unfortunate circumstances.
Swift Geek commented 1 month ago
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Are you using suspend? Are you using newest version of libreboot there? What kernel version?

Are you using suspend? Are you using newest version of libreboot there? What kernel version?
plantroon commented 1 month ago
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I am using the newest version (20160907) and I updated the EC firmware prior to flashing.

Happens on any OS (including BSDs), any kernel version, it is libreboot-specific as it did not happen before.

My primary OS is Parabola. I am using suspend, the laptop is in suspend mode most of the time. That's how I imagine any computer should work. Reboots should be only for important kernel updates. Rebooting is unacceptable in 2017.

Basically I am just asking if this is a known problem or if others are experiencing it.

I am using the newest version (20160907) and I updated the EC firmware prior to flashing. Happens on any OS (including BSDs), any kernel version, it is libreboot-specific as it did not happen before. My primary OS is Parabola. I am using suspend, the laptop is in suspend mode most of the time. That's how I imagine any computer should work. Reboots should be only for important kernel updates. Rebooting is unacceptable in 2017. Basically I am just asking if this is a known problem or if others are experiencing it.

I'm pretty sure it's a known problem. My X200 also has sporadic crashes, though their frequency has decreased dramatically after re-flashing the newest version of libreboot. It used to hang as often as you report; after reflashing it hangs about once every couple of weeks.

I urge you to download a fresh copy and re-flash.

Can you get any other details gathered? Microcode? Type and capacity of RAM?

I'm pretty sure it's a known problem. My X200 also has sporadic crashes, though their frequency has decreased _dramatically_ after re-flashing the newest version of libreboot. It used to hang as often as you report; after reflashing it hangs about once every couple of weeks. I urge you to download a fresh copy and re-flash. Can you get any other details gathered? [Microcode](https://libreboot.org/docs/hardware/x200.html#ram_s3_microcode)? Type and capacity of RAM?
Swift Geek commented 1 month ago
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Suspend does not work yet for x200, use hibernate if you need similar functionality which is also more secure

Suspend does not work yet for x200, use hibernate if you need similar functionality which is also more secure
plantroon commented 1 week ago
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So even without suspending for 2 weeks and swapping RAM sticks, it still managed to freeze up on the 3rd or 4th day of the power cycle.

I have 2 Samsung RAM sticks of the same kind: M471B5673EH1-CF8

One more interesting questions, do you use the graphical version of Grub payload or the text mode? I am asking this because I think this has to do with graphics.

So even without suspending for 2 weeks and swapping RAM sticks, it still managed to freeze up on the 3rd or 4th day of the power cycle. I have 2 Samsung RAM sticks of the same kind: M471B5673EH1-CF8 One more interesting questions, do you use the graphical version of Grub payload or the text mode? I am asking this because I think this has to do with graphics.
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