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Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:14 pm

Hello,

I'm relatively new to the LMDE (I used to have Debian for the last years) but I have it installed in 3 computers so far (work computer, home computer and laptop) and really enjoy it.
The problem is that my home computer keeps freezing randomly and sometimes multiple times in the same day. When this happens it is completely unresponsive and even Ctrl+Alt+F1, Ctrl+Alt+Del or NumLock don't do anything when pressed :?

I have noticed that some times this happens when watching videos, but that is not always true.
Looking in /var/log/syslog I can't find any problem right before each crash and I start running out of ideas... :| Any help would be appreciated!

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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby xircon on Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:56 pm

What programs are running when this happens?
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:24 am

xircon wrote:What programs are running when this happens?

Sometimes it happened with only Chrome browser running and a few times while only mplayer was playing.

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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby xircon on Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:53 am

Thank you!

I have had no end of problems with Chrome (and Chrome based browsers - Iron & Chromium), I posted about it here, viewtopic.php?f=190&t=94968 . I now use opera-next, Chrome has a major memory leak (my opinion only), it seems to use all available memory, then starts swapping to disk.

Nothing I did worked for long, so I gave up. Firefox would not render the page - problem probably with the open source AMD/ATI drivers I use.

I found a script called psmem.py that aggregates memory processes, it showed how bad the problem was. (http://www.pixelbeat.org/scripts/ps_mem.py)

Never had a problem with mplayer, but I do tend to use mplayer2, specifically smplayer2 frontend.

Good luck, but I never solved this, just worked around the problem.

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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Mon Nov 05, 2012 8:38 am

I will try avoiding Chrome to see if the problem continues...
On the other installations of LMDE Chrome behaves as expected. The memory footprint might be high sometimes, but it never grows too much.

The problem is that the PC freezes instantly, without writing any logs, and I don't know where to look for possible causes... :(
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Tue Nov 06, 2012 4:34 am

Unfortunately the problem still exists. Today the computer froze while it was only Firefox running :(

Any ideas on how to search for the source of his behavior?

Thanks!
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby xircon on Tue Nov 06, 2012 8:59 am

:( Leave gnome-system-monitor running, pinned on top to see if it gives any clues.
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Wed Jan 16, 2013 4:54 am

More than two months have passed, I upgraded to the new release, but the problem remains.

Random freezes with no clues about the causes, no logs etc :(
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Sun Jan 27, 2013 3:07 pm

The problem is finally solved! :D
I installed the liquorix kernel version 3.7.0 and the random hangups disappeared.
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby rdonnelly on Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:44 pm

I have been having the same problem with my old X41 Thinkpad. Freezes like crazy in Chrome, I used it for a while with FF, so far so good?
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Re: Computer freezing and needs hard reset

Postby kioan on Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:48 pm

Mine isn't related to Chrome... It continues to randomly freeze when I'm using the LMDE kernel.
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