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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.

Installing Linux and the K8N-DL motherboard

Hello -

Does anyone out there have any experience or tips on installing linux onto an ASUS K8N-DL motherboard? I've tried SUSE 10.1 and RHEL 4 rel4, I've tried both on-board SATA controllers, I've tried with and without hardware RAID, but all with no luck. The system has dual AMD Opteron processors, and 4GB of RAM. I've found a number of sites that claim this can work, although linux is not officially supported by ASUS on this mobo.

When HW RAID is off, the install sees all 4 drives, and allows me to partition them and finish the install, but upon reboot it will not recognize a valid system drive and won't boot. Any suggestions would be very welcome!

How can we help?

Here's an interesting rumour for us to consider. First seen on the Yahoo! Financial SCOX forum.

[Microsoft(r) tech support] told me that "in the fall, having the latest WGA will become mandatory and if its not installed, Windows will give a 30 day warning and when the 30 days is up and WGA isn't installed, Windows will stop working, so you might as well install WGA now." -- Ed Bott's Blog

This could be a complete fabrication, a case of broken telephone, FUD, a trial balloon from Redmond or something else. But what if it is close to being true? Any way to confirm or refute this? Anybody know anybody at Microsoft(r) with the ability, the clout and the willingness to get a real answer on this? A written answer, with attribution? Of course, with enough public outcry, Microsoft(r) will simply change their mind on this (if it's a trial balloon) and claim that the speakers were "wrong, misinformed, spoke out of turn," and deny all complicity.

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