I've had an issue with Mint I've only seen when using Firefox. Essentially all is fine up until a point where suddenly it locks up and I can hear the HD go into a spin and thrash about. Sometimes the computer just slows down and sometimes it comes back fine. Most of the time I need to restart it. If I have a terminal open and get to it in time I can usually locate Firefox from "top' and "kill" it.
A lot of the time it will suddenly lock the mouse as well and lately it has been giving me no chance and totally locking up. Sometimes I can Ctrl-Alt-F1 to a terminal and when I do the system is very slow. If I'm lucky it will only take a few minutes to come up. But there is another few minutes to log in and execute commands. It really kills off the the multitasking. In this case if I'm really lucky I can shut it down with a reset combo that takes a few minutes to react.
I've searched on the net for similar issues and found some but they are a little old with different hardware and software. Well older Linux Mint for one thing in the least. I thought it may be my hardware setup. A friend donated this laptop to me. A Compaq Presario V6500. It had 80GB with Windows and 40GB with Mint. I ended up fresh installing Mint. For some reason it wasn't setup with a swap partition and for some other reason I hadn't noticed this when I installed it. I thought this may be affecting it. Doesn't Linux need swap to survive? On top of that I'm running it on 64-bit but it has only 2GB RAM. How a 64-bit computer was sold with less than 32-bit RAM I don't know. Unless it was removed.
I want to shrink the NTFS volume down to give room for swap and Mint. Mint only has 1GB on disk free and it keeps complaining. LOL. But in Mint Disks doesn't offer any tools to do so and I'm not aware of other apps to do it with. I tried Windows but it won't let me shrink it down enough. under a gig it offered IIRC. But that's another problem.
I can't see anything stand out in the syslog except failed GTK messaages. I managed to get it shut down in time. So any problems should be there. The faillog is always empty which annoys me on all distros. And the lastlog contains garbage. Is it compressed or something? It's not in ASCII.
There is this a lot and I mean a lot:
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Jul 8 14:59:48 damien-Presario-V6500-Notebook-PC cinnamon-session: Gtk-CRITICAL: t+385.53683s: gtk_widget_get_window: assertion 'GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget) ' failed Jul 8 14:59:48 damien-Presario-V6500-Notebook-PC cinnamon-session: Gdk-CRITICAL: t+385.84745s: gdk_keyboard_grab: assertion 'GDK_IS_WINDOW (window)' fa iled Jul 8 14:59:48 damien-Presario-V6500-Notebook-PC cinnamon-session: Gtk-CRITICAL: t+385.84779s: gtk_widget_get_window: assertion 'GTK_IS_WIDGET (widget) ' failed
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System: Host: damien-Presario-V6500-Notebook-PC Kernel: 4.4.0-62-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Cinnamon 3.0.7 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: Presario V6500 Notebook PC v: Rev 1 Mobo: Quanta model: 30CC v: 79.13 Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: F.09 date: 06/11/2007 CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T7100 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 7183 clock speeds: max: 1801 MHz 1: 1801 MHz 2: 1801 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 965GM GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-62-generic Network: Card-1: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection driver: iwl3945 v: in-tree:s bus-ID: 02:00.0 IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter> Card-2: Realtek RTL8101/2/6E PCI Express Fast/Gigabit Ethernet controller driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus-ID: 06:00.0 IF: enp6s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 120.0GB (85.8% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: FUJITSU_MHW2120B size: 120.0GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 37G used: 34G (98%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 51.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 177 Uptime: 2:02 Memory: 1123.6/1991.1MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.1 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35