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#1 ambellina


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Posted 18 July 2009 - 11:37 PM

Hellooo. I posted this same thing over at the Ubuntu Forums here, but I guess they are really busy and no one really got back to me. So here I am again with another question!

Recently (in the past month or so) my computer (Ubuntu 9.04) has started randomly freezing. I'm new to Linux so I have no idea as to how to go about fixing it. Here's the information I was asked to provide in my other post:


I'm using a Lenovo Thinkpad T60p. The harddrive is a Hitachi 160 gig, CPU is Intel Core 2.00 GHz and I have 2 gigs of RAM. Again, I dunno exactly what information to provide.

I haven't installed or upgraded much since this has started happening. Recently I got some help with some flash plugin things, but my computer has been freezing since before that.

I'm not doing much of anything when it freezes. The only things I do on my computer are browsing the internet/IMing, playing music or doing some word processing stuff. It freezes very randomly and so far I haven't seen a particular pattern in terms of what applications I'm running."

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 Trio3b


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Posted 19 July 2009 - 11:28 PM

Random freezing is almost always due to: ( notice I said almost)

1. graphics driver issues (try selecting the VESA or generic video drivers available during boot) or try shutting off all the extra Compiz and 3d acceleration, etc.
2. bad RAM that can be checked with memtest which I believe is available on the Ubuntu Live disc utility selection
3. overheating caused by blocked vents when using a lappy on your lap, bedding, etc.
4. less likely but still possible ACPI or APIC issues fixable either in your BIOS settings or as options available during boot (try ACPI=off, noapic or nolapic or various combinations thereof during boot )

in that order.

hope this helps

Edited by Trio3b, 19 July 2009 - 11:31 PM.

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