Ubuntu Freeze, please help!!
I'm fairly new to Linux, and enjoying the discovery process!! But one thing that has really caused a lot of problems for me, despite using multiple versions of Linux mit/ubuntu (including the new Ubuntu 9.10 (64bit) which I installed resulting in the same problem). My favorite is Linuc mint by far and I want to make it my only OS, but this problem prevented this.
The hardware: Computer: HP desktop: 64 bit, AMD Phantom x3, RAM 4G (see below)
Printer: Brother DCP 7020
Webcam: Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000
I have a new HP desktop which I bought a few months back, its a 64 bit AMD Phantom x3, with Nvidea graphics card (non dedicated), and 4 gigs of Ram.
It works perfectly with Windows, and almost perfectly in Linux/Ubuntu except that every time I plug in my Brother printer via USB or my webcam the computer will either freeze all together or either the keyboard or the mouse will stop working, or the system will freeze and continuous string of letters will be typed across the screen when I try to type something.
After the freeze, the only way to make the computer work is to reboot or switch the power off manually. Its a persistent and annoying issue. Just to clarify either the printer ALONE or the webcam ALONE or both together can cause the freeze.
I tried using the latest Ubuntu (32 bit/64 bit), Linux mint, and other distros as well, across the kernel range, the same problem happens.
I tried looking for help on the forums but have not found an answer.
I am hoping to ditch windows all together as I am very happy with Ubuntu and my family also likes it, but this problem has really disheartened me, as I need to use the printer.
Although the printer gets recognized, and I have no problem with the driver, and it can work prior to the freeze. The webcam doesn't get recognized at all, even though running lsusb it gets listed. (Microsoft Lifecam VX-1000).
One other thing even if I unplug the printer or the webcam before the system freezes or mafunctions, it will freeze just the same after a few minutes at best.
Thank you very much and sorry for the long thread and I hope by solving this issue we can make Mint even more better than it is already.