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x-windows starts sucking cpu

Every once in a while, my xwindows stops functioning and starts using most of the cpu power. I know this because I can ssh in from another computer (slowly) and top shows me. Killing x terminates the session and xdm starts again and everything is good again.

Does anyone know how to narrow down what is sucking the life out of my computer? X works fine normally, just once in a while it goes south.

More RAM for the SUN Ultra 2

I have a Sun Ultra 2 at home that I've been building up step by step, it's a sick hobby. There's something about old hardware I couldn't buy 10 years ago that gets me going. I bought the Sun Ultra 2 (a whopping 200MHz processor) awhile back for $19.99 US plus $14US shipping. Considering it weighs about 50 lbs the shipping was a bloody bargain!

It was advertised with 64MB of RAM, which I was sure couldn't be correct, because the RAM must be installed in quads (yes, 4 sticks at a time) and I thought the minimum configuration was (32MB x 4). As it turns out, my box had 8 x 16MB. One of the sticks of RAM wasn't seated properly.

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