Tired of freezing laptop
Bart Silverstrim wrote:
> Pat Brown wrote:
>> I'm getting very tired of having my PC freeze up almost every time I go
>> online. I'm using Hardy on a Compaq Presario C700, with a Broadcom B43
>> wireless card. I apply every update the update manager detects. I've
>> been running Hardy since it was released and this problem is ongoing. It
>> doesn't seem to matter what I am doing online, eventually it will freeze
>> and require a soft boot using CTRL+ALT+Backspace. I've run some of the
>> tests people have suggested but the results mean nothing to me - I
>> posted them once and never heard any comments on whether it showed anything.
>> I also can't watch YouTube videos at all on Konquerer. Sometimes I can
>> watch them on Firefox 3.0.1 but it too will shut down without warning.
>> I recently picked up an almost new PC which I was originally going to
>> install Ubuntu on. Now I'm reconsidering and think I'm going to go back
>> to XP so I can watch videos and surf without this hassle all the time.
>> I'll keep Ubuntu on my laptop because I like it, but I don't like this
>> problem and until it's fixed I need an alternative that's more reliable.
> I didn't see your original thread, but a couple things to start with...
> The freezing. You said ctl-alt-backspace brings the system back...that
> restarts X, not the system, so this would mean that it's actually the
> GUI you're restarting and not the system, is this accurate?
> What shows up under /var/log/system.log? And what is output from dmesg?
> Does the entire interface freeze, or do you still have *some* control?
> It would be handy if you could run something like the system monitor or
> in a terminal run "top" to see if they freeze up as well, because if
> not, it *might* show if a process is eating the CPU at %100 or if the
> swap is suddenly growing. I don't know if you have this capability but I
> diagnosed a problem like that before using a second computer that I
> secure-shelled into (if your system is running sshd, the
> opensshd-server) and ran top on from another system. The interface on
> the workstation froze, but background processes were still running fine
> so I could see the offending process (and kill it from the remote terminal).
> The flash issue. I had this problem not long ago and as I recall my fix
> was the flashplugin-nonfree package. Using synaptic, do you have the
> package "flashplugin-nonfree" installed? I believe I could play on the
> YouTubes once I had that package installed.
Okay, I guess I'm restarting the X system. I have some keyboard ability,
but that's all. If I knew some commands to run a terminal that way since
I can't access it through the GUI, I could check processes and see if
something was hogging the system, but I don't know the commands. I have
the output from dmesg, but it's after restarting X. I would love to know
how to get to a place to kill a process - and know the name of the
process. I'm assuming it's Konquerer that's doing the CPU hogging since
it's always Konquerer that freezes X.
When I have full keyboard access I can see Konquerer in the system
monitor. It's called konquerer [kdeinit] --si which means nothing to me,
I'm afraid. I'm doing my best to learn Linux/Ubuntu but I'm still very
The flashplugin-nonfree appears to be installed already.
How do I get to a terminal when my X is frozen? I'll try that next time
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