I've been running Mint 13 cinnamon/MATE for about a month with no trouble whatsoever. Yesterday, I was busing using graphics applications--GIMP and Inkscape--without issue. Then, last night I ran an apt-get "update" and "upgrade" and I noticed a number of packages updating (I can't quite recall, but I'm pretty sure the files related to "xserver").
This morning, everything is working fine... except that if I open GIMP or Inkscape... they run, I can open files, but when I mouse click on the open file the desktop environment immediately crashes and I get kicked to the login screen.
It seems only to be effecting these graphics manipulation applications and not others such as browser, writer, vlc.
It is also not confined to cinnamon, but is also happening with the same install of Mint 13 but using MATE and the GNOME 2 DEs
I have a parallel install of LMDE which I have booted into (no recent package upgrades) and I'm therefore using the same hardware, drivers, DE, etc... and there I can use GIMP and Inkscape without any problem.
I have also done a full system reinstall, but to no avail (I'm guessing that once all the packages are updated I'm pulling in the recent changes that are causing the problem). I release now that I could have checked the ''mintUpdate.history" log but its been written over with the reinstall.
Also, I've tried unistalling the proprietary ATI graphics driver, but the problem also occurs with the linux drivers.
Here is my hardware configuration
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~ $ inxi -b
System: Host: coady-thinkpad Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: Gnome Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine: System: LENOVO (portable) product: 2732BHG version: ThinkPad R500
Mobo: LENOVO model: 2732BHG Bios: LENOVO version: 7YET79WW (3.09 ) date: 11/19/2009
CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU P8700 (-MCP-) clocked at 800.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV620 [Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series]
X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: ati,fglrx (unloaded: vesa,fbdev,radeon) Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series GLX Version: 3.3.11627 - CPC
Network: Card-1: Intel PRO/Wireless 5100 AGN [Shiloh] Network Connection driver: iwlwifi
Card-2: Broadcom NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express driver: tg3
Here is a recurring error message from "/var/log/syslog"
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WARNING: mdm_slave_xioerror_handler: Fatal X error - Restarting :0
Output from "/var/log/mdm:0.log.1" (this is one of numerous error logs)
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X.Org X Server 1.11.3
Release Date: 2011-12-16
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0
Build Operating System: Linux 2.6.42-23-generic x86_64 Ubuntu
Current Operating System: Linux user-thinkpad 3.2.0-23-generic #36-Ubuntu SMP Tue Apr 10 20:39:51 UTC 2012 x86_64
Kernel command line: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic root=UUID=2a02c379-3997-4b64-8df2-b735dada2ad0 ro quiet splash
Build Date: 26 June 2012 06:59:03AM
xorg-server 2:1.11.4-0ubuntu10.3 (For technical support please see http://www.ubuntu.com/support)
Current version of pixman: 0.24.4
Before reporting problems, check http://wiki.x.org
to make sure that you have the latest version.
Markers: (--) probed, (**) from config file, (==) default setting,
(++) from command line, (!!) notice, (II) informational,
(WW) warning, (EE) error, (NI) not implemented, (??) unknown.
(==) Log file: "/var/log/Xorg.0.log", Time: Thu Jul 5 20:01:10 2012
(==) Using system config directory "/usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d"
(EE) open /dev/fb0: No such file or directory
0: /usr/bin/X (xorg_backtrace+0x26) [0x7fd256ed0996]
1: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x18c83a) [0x7fd256ed483a]
2: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpthread.so.0 (0x7fd25606e000+0xfcb0) [0x7fd25607dcb0]
3: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x5e71a) [0x7fd256da671a]
4: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x58070) [0x7fd256da0070]
5: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x1230ef) [0x7fd256e6b0ef]
6: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x4e8b1) [0x7fd256d968b1]
7: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x3d6da) [0x7fd256d856da]
8: /lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libc.so.6 (__libc_start_main+0xed) [0x7fd254f0376d]
9: /usr/bin/X (0x7fd256d48000+0x3d9d1) [0x7fd256d859d1]
Segmentation fault at address 0x28
Caught signal 11 (Segmentation fault). Server aborting
Please consult the The X.Org Foundation support
Please also check the log file at "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" for additional information.
ddxSigGiveUp: Closing log
Server terminated with error (1). Closing log file.
Output from "/var/log/Xorg.0.log" is attached.
Any help would be much appreciated.