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On windows, if I allow the system turn the monitors off (due to being idle), about once a week, it will fail to resume. There does not seem to be a pattern to this.

On linux (Arch 64, fully updated running nouveau GPU drivers), the system will crash whenever GNOME is started, usually with a "nouveau failed to idle on channel x" error.

When I try the Nvidia binary driver, my system will arbitrarily freeze. I've posted about this twice on the arch forums but I never get any responses.

I also tried to install Ubuntu 64 (12.10) but I again received a "failed to idle" error when trying to start the live image.

I'm starting to think that this is a hardware issue but I have no idea how to diagnose it or test the hardware in any meaningful way. As much as I would like to at this point, trashing everything and rebuilding the system is out of the question for now...

My system: 4gb ram, Nvidia 9600GSO, Intel i5 1st gen

If you need more specifics, I'll be glad to dig around.

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I think I read of similar issues with DP port connected monitors and poor quality cables. It is a wild shot, but you could borrow and test with other cables. – Hennes Apr 12 at 9:05

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