For as long as I have been running Mint on this laptop I have been experiencing reasonably frequent hangs and I have no idea what the cause is. The system just stops in the middle of whatever I am doing. No crash. No errors. Just stops dead and I have to power cycle the box. I do see the drive light flicker now and then when it is hung, but it is otherwise completely unresponsive. I have not tried pinging it or SSHing into when hung. I'll try that next time.
Recently I noticed one common denominator. After I power cycle and log back in, every single time without fail, the updater in the systray tells me it has updates available. So I did a little experiment. I reduced the update frequency and the hang frequency has gone down as well. So it seems these are correlated but I have no idea how to troubleshoot beyond where I am now.
Any tips would be appreciated. Is it possible the automatic update process is somehow freezing my system?