I am experiencing frequent freezes on Linux Mint 8 Helena. They happen several times a day while I'm simply surfing the web, browsing folders etc. In a previous post I thought I had found a solution (viewtopic.php?f=18&t=37795
) by updating the kernel; Mint behaved well for a while, but freezes came back next morning and are still going on.
How is the freeze: all of a sudden, the whole system hangs and, although the mouse pointer still moves, everything on the screen becomes unresponsive (nothing is clickable), and the only solution is to force restart the computer.
I have Windows XP on the same machine, and no similar crashes happen there. I installed Linux Mint for the first time a few days ago. Except for the freezes, everything else is great.
After reading numerous threads, I found some people describing heating problems as a possible cause. Others suggested the inclusion of "acpi=off" as a default grub instruction (viewtopic.php?f=49&t=37301
-- this user said it solved his problem; I am trying this out right now, no crashes so far; but Thunderbird [only!] became extremeeeely slow).
So my question is: how can I know for sure what is causing the freezes? Is there a way to make a crash report or something? Is anybody else experiencing similar freezes? What solutions have people found?
Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
I'm installing Mint for my mother, and this is basically the only thing preventing her from becoming a full-time Linux user... : - )
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System: Host yara-desktop Kernel 2.6.31-16-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 8 Helena - Main Edition
CPU: Single core Intel Pentium 4 (UP) cache 512 KB flags (sse2) bmips 4531.23 clocked at 2265.615 MHz
Graphics: Card-1 Intel 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device Card-2 ATI RV280 [Radeon 9200 SE] X.Org 1.6.4 Res: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer Mesa DRI Intel 845G GEM 20090712 2009Q2 RC3 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version 1.3 Mesa 7.6 Direct Rendering Yes
Audio: Card Intel 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller driver Intel ICH at ports e000 dc00
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.20
Network: Card Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet at port c400
Disks: HDD Total Size: 40.0GB (13.8% used) 1: /dev/sda ST340014A 40.0GB 39C
Partition: ID:/ size: 21G used: 5.2G (26%) fs: ext4 ID:swap-1 size: 1.04GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Info: Processes 127 Uptime 28 min Memory 222.9/496.3MB Client Shell inxi 1.2.6