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<SOLVED>Mint 13, Video freeze, until mouse or keyboard activ

Postby thaiiceland on Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:05 pm

I have Mint 13, Maya for almost a year. I like Mint, but I have 2 or 3 small problems.
The biggest problem is that when I play video (any format, any player, both on my hard drive and on Internet or Youtube), then it often freeze and sound will loop (short part of the sound, maybe half second) until mouse or keyboard activity. I can resolve the problem if shift is pressing (holding down, leave something heavy on the shift button). I don't know the reason for this.
Before Mint I did use OpenSuse and I did have the same problem there. But in OpenSuse I was able to log in to some-kind of fail-save mode and there I didn't have this problem. I often think if that is possible with Mint, or if there is other solution for me.
Another problem is that sometimes keyboard is typing 0 (zero) by it self. I did have that problem in OpenSuse too. I have tried to replace the keyboard but still the same. I have even tried to replace the mouse. This just happen sometimes and seems to differ between logins, so sometimes when I turn on my PC I will only be able to type 2-3 words between I get one or more 0, but next boot I don't have any problem. If I open any text editor (or any programs or web-sites that have some inputs field), and just keep it open, without touching the keyboard, then soon there will be lot of 0000000's there. This is only in Linux, but not before the Linux boots (and not in windows). I have search this (google) but only found one Windows related http://www.computing.net/answers/hardwa ... 85341.html and I don't know how to find out if I have two or more installed keyboard in my Linux OS.
There is other problem with my laptop (cannot use USB keyboard in Linux), but probable I will have to put that question to new topic (different computer).
Here is some info about my Desktop

inxi -Fc 0
System: Host: icelandmint-GA-MA78GM-US2H Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic x86_64 (64 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: GA-MA78GM-US2H version: x.x Bios: Award version: F2 date: 01/02/2009
CPU: Quad core AMD Phenom 9650 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm)
Clock Speeds: 1: 1150.00 MHz 2: 2300.00 MHz 3: 1150.00 MHz 4: 1150.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780 [Radeon HD 3200]
X.org: 1.11.3 driver: fglrx tty size: 133x25 Advanced Data: N/A for root
Audio: Card-1: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 3000-3300 Series] driver: snd_hda_intel
Card-2: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) driver: snd_hda_intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network: Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169
IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:1f:d0:d5:7d:30
Card-2: Ralink RT2561/RT61 rev B 802.11g driver: rt61pci
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: 00:22:b0:0a:ea:0c
Drives: HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (32.8% used) 1: /dev/sda ST3320620AS 320.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 43G used: 22G (54%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.35GB (16%) fs: swap
Sensors: Error: You do not have the sensors app installed.
Info: Processes: 190 Uptime: 12:33 Memory: 1595.3/1749.2MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33
Last edited by thaiiceland on Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Mint 13 Maya, Video freeze, until mouse or keyboard acti

Postby thaiiceland on Tue Jan 29, 2013 8:04 pm

I think I have solve this for a moment (just few days ago). I can play video and now the video seems to play without freezing. The blinking-cursor is now blinking all the time too (the cursor did often stop blinking).
I think this is not the best solution for everyone, because I think I will not be able to use the full future of the graphic card. But it is enough for me. because I am not using the desktop for playing games and I don't need all the speed and possibility's that the card have. The very most graphical activities I use, are playing some music videos and cartoons for the kids. This is enough for me.
The thing I did is to find what exactly where the parameters in the OpenSuse failsafe OS (I did use OpenSuse before mint and OpenSuse have failsafe mode and in that mode I didn't have this freezing problem).. I then look at the parameters and try to image which of them can possible be related to graphic.
In Linux Mint Maya I did then type in Terminal (this probable differ with other Linux-flavor, most of them using gedit)
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sudo pluma /etc/default/grub
sudo pluma /etc/default/grub

There I change the line GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT to
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GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="nohz=off highres=off processor.max_cstate=1 nomodeset x11failsafe"

and save and close the text editor. Update the grup with
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sudo update-grub
sudo update-grub

And restarted the desktop. Seems to work now. I don't know exactly witch of the parameter did do the trick but I think I will check that later (at the moment I am quite busy).
Now the desktop boot quite quickly (before this the desktop did take it time to start, from long time to very very long time, sometimes more than 10 minutes).
I still don't know the reason for this, but happy that I have good working desktop again.
Only thing I still need to find out is why my keyboard sometimes start to type 0 (zero) by it self. It is nothing wrong with the keyboard (I have tried replace the keyboard). But this is minor problem.
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