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Software or hardware problem? Sudden unexplained cure!

Postby T J Tulley on Thu Nov 26, 2009 1:27 pm

Suddenly, I have this persistent fault: When I open Thunderbird in Gloria, only the very top bar appears, with an outline of the window within which is part of the desktop. I can drag it around by a mouse pointer in the top bar, and the whole of that part of the desktop moves around with it.

This happens whether I open TB using the icon on my desktop, or from MintMenu. (The icon was originally dragged from MintMenu).

Firefox has also become somewhat slow to open or respond to some GUI operations. (2nd edit): This too quite often 'hesitates' for a while with an empty windowframe under the black Firefox header bar. THat's why I wonder whether there might be a hardware cause.

Gparted shows me that my /home partition of 15.83 GiB has 13.52 GiB unused. The root partition also has plenty of unused space. These are in the extended second partition of hd2 which is a 500 GiB SATA disc. The MBR is on hd0 which is an 80 GiB IDE disc.

The fault has sometimes recently occurred briefly, with the normal window of Local Folders appearing after slight delay, but has now become persistent. This is after successful use during most of the present session.

Now I have carefully shut down and rebooted - the behaviour of Thunderbird is unchanged.

1st Edit: After about an hour, TB has successfuly opened. What's behind this behaviour?
Yours hopefully -

Theo Tulley.
Using a PC with 2GB RAM, 3 hdds and a 1.7 GHz Celeron cpu.
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Re: Software or hardware problem? Sudden unexplained cure!

Postby Lantesh on Fri Nov 27, 2009 12:26 am

Try launching Thunderbird from within a terminal window, and see if there are any error messages. Other than that I'm not sure where to point you.
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Re: Software or hardware problem? Sudden unexplained cure!

Postby T J Tulley on Fri Nov 27, 2009 9:24 am

Thanks Lantesh:

The command $ thunderbird has opened TB successfully - I have moved it to workspace 1, but the terminal window in workspace13 continues to show a flashing insertion point instead of a new prompt. Another terminal window refuses to open in another workspace (as it would if the first were not active).

Closing the terminal window also closed TB but that has now opened satisfactorily in the normal way.
I don't yet consider this problem to be solved.
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Theo Tulley.
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Re: Software or hardware problem? Sudden unexplained cure!

Postby Lantesh on Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:55 pm

That is very odd. Maybe someone else with more experience can jump in here to help.
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