I'm on an old desktop (see the hardinfo report): here
Okay, the problem I have is, I'm forced to use root (which is not safe, obviously) to do anything! I can't log in as a user (except from a terminal), which is very bad, because I'm not the person who needs to use this system, and because we need to use wine to recover critical data. Basically... I need to find out where the freezing is coming from. noapci, noacpi, nomodeset, etc... don't make a difference to the situation. I can't tell if it's a kernel bug, because all that I can tell indicates that, but somehow it seems unrelated (I mean, startx works as root!).
Any ideas? I really need to get this working urgently for the person who needs to use it, to recover very critical data, and as we are not able to buy a new system... you get the point. Our previously working desktop got fried by Hurricane Tomas.
EDIT We gave up hope on this system... it start freezing under root, so we're going to try to backup the data to an external drive (if we can keep the system active long enough, or with a live CD) and try to recover the information from the databases etc on another system. Not the best solution, but the only one we have.