Problem with video related system lockup
Information about the problem of system lockups related to high video load.
Occasionally, when under high video load (e.g. scrolling text or moving windows), the computer becomes unresponsive.
Affected Operating Systems
- Any OS using the XFree86/Xorg 'savage' driver
This problem is already known about/solved by the driver development team. According to the savage manual page, the problem is related to "a chip bug in the Savage graphics engine that causes a bus lock when reading from the engine status register under high load". Also according to the same source, "the bug affects about 4% of all Savage users."
Add the following line to the Device section of your XF86Config-4/Xorg.conf file: