View Full Version : Only get a few hours out of it...

11-06-2008, 11:53 AM
I can only run Backtrack 3 Final on my laptop for a few hours until it freezes. What happens is firstly it freezes for a few seconds, and then it comes free again. About ten seconds later, it will freeze again. These freezes become more frequent and for longer duration each time. Within a minute, the system becomes unusable and I'm holding in the power button for 10 seconds.

I can leave Windows XP on overnight so it's not an inherent problem in the laptop.

What's the best way of going about troubleshooting this? I was thinking of looking at what processes are consuming what resources, see which one of them is hogging the CPU, but I only have experience doing this in Windows. How would I do this in Linux, perhaps by using "top -c" or "ps -aux".

Any ideas?

11-06-2008, 01:02 PM
top should do the trick!

11-07-2008, 12:23 AM
BT3 includes a nice application that displays the top processes and some other cpu related information called conky