I am having a problem with one of my boxes - its an older but respectable machine…
MOBO - MSI Z68A-GD80 (G3) series
MS-7672 (v3.x) Mainboard (probably?)
Vintage - first release 7/2011
CPU - INTEL I7 2600K 3.4Ghz clock (SandyBridge)
16GB Corsair RAM
The video is using the internal controller on the mobo, which is an Intel 2nd Gen, Family Core Processor.
OS is Debian Buster / KDE
I am addicted to Pysol, a Python solitaire game collection (specifically FreeCell) For some reason, on THIS machine, I get regular crashes when playing. I feel certain that it’s a hardware issue, since I have the same software setup on at least 4 other boxes and never have any issues.
When playing and moving a card, the monitor will frequently freeze for anything from barely noticeable to several seconds. Randomly it will also just go black, and the only recovery is a hard reset / reboot.
This will happen whether Pysol is the only program open, or if I have lots of other stuff open. I’m not sure if the machine is totally hung, or if it is just the video that has gone away. It does NOT happen if I’m not running Pysol, even when I have a lot of other stuff running.
I have run Memtest86 for several days w/o errors, so presumably not RAM. Given that it isn’t happening when running other programs that presumably have higher demands on CPU / Video resources, I am confused about just what this one program is doing to cause problems on this one machine…
Any suggestions on how to troubleshoot / what the suspect hardware is likely to be would be welcome…