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Weird freeze in screen corner, linux mint 17.3


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#1 rp88

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 11:01 AM

I've seen this a few times before and it just happened again today. I've attached a picture. The pc keeps working just fine when this happens, except for in the top left corner of the screen where rather than the pixels up there changing to reflect what is currently being viewed they seem to "pile up" "layers" of what has recently been looked at. In the attached picture I had just closed an incognito mode firefox esr window and was at the time of the screenshot browsing in normal mode, but you can still see the incognito mode icon half visible. Moments after taking the screenshot the top corner went back to working normally.

I have seen this before, and it always randomly clears up after a short while but this time it lasted more than 5 minutes, longer than ever before. This time it appeared right after I had turned the PC on and logged in, but at other times it has randomly appeared while I've been using the computer.

What on earth was going on? Is this a sign of impending doom of some sort? or nothing to worry about?

My system details: linux mint 17.3 running off a USB drive to which it is installed (not live booted), laptop with extra screen attached via HDMI cable, intel i3 processor circa 2013.

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Edited by rp88, 05 August 2018 - 11:01 AM.

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 03:22 PM

So.....where's the picture?

 

 

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Posted 05 August 2018 - 06:45 PM

Yes- please post a screen shot! Paul



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Posted 05 August 2018 - 08:02 PM

Is this showing on the laptop screen or the extra screen ?


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 08:13 AM

Graphical problems need graphical specs? 

 

That being said, running from a USB all bets are off.

 

I'm curious as to what USB and what type of Port you are using, 1.0-2.0-3.0?  If you don't mind the exact USB just for comparison to what others have used.


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Posted 06 August 2018 - 02:44 PM

Sorry, forgot to attach the picture:

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Edited by rp88, 06 August 2018 - 02:45 PM.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 04:14 PM

My USB is a 3.0 stick in a 3.0 port. By graphical specs could you tell me what specifically you want, I can run "lshw" but am not sure which bits of it's output would help you. Thanks
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Posted 08 August 2018 - 07:43 PM

inxi -Fxz would be better for Mint.


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Posted 14 August 2018 - 06:38 PM

Ok, I gave inxi -Fxz a run, this is what I got:

System: Host: [myusername]-linux-32-toshiba Kernel: 4.4.0-127-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.4)
Desktop: MATE 1.12.0 (Gtk 3.10.8~8+qiana)
Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine: System: TOSHIBA product: SATELLITE PRO L850-1UJ v: [possible private serial number]
Mobo: Intel model: PLCSF8 v: Type2 - Board Version
Bios: Insyde v: 6.20 date: 10/24/2012
CPU: Dual core Intel Core i3-3120M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9977
clock speeds: max: 2500 MHz 1: 2499 MHz 2: 2500 MHz 3: 2500 MHz
4: 2500 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller
bus-ID: 00:02.0
Display Server: X.Org 1.17.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
Resolution: 1366x768@60.0hz, 1920x1080@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Ivybridge Mobile
GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.5.9 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio: Card Intel 7 Series/C210 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-127-generic
Network: Card-1: Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter
driver: ath9k bus-ID: 02:00.0
IF: wlan0 state: down mac: <filter>
Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 2000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
IF: eth0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
Drives: HDD Total Size: 531.7GB (4.8% used)
ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_MK5061GS size: 500.1GB
ID-2: USB /dev/sdb model: USB3.0_FD size: 31.6GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 11G used: 9.0G (88%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb1
ID-2: /home size: 10G used: 7.8G (83%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sdb2
ID-3: swap-1 size: 8.03GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sdb5
RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 63.0C mobo: N/A
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 193 Uptime: 5:54 Memory: 1086.2/3834.7MB
Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.4
Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28

Edited by rp88, 14 August 2018 - 06:40 PM.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 07:53 PM

 

In the attached picture I had just closed an incognito mode firefox esr window and was at the time of the screenshot browsing in normal mode, but you can still see the incognito mode icon half visible. Moments after taking the screenshot the top corner went back to working normally.
 
I have seen this before, and it always randomly clears up after a short while but this time it lasted more than 5 minutes, longer than ever before. This time it appeared right after I had turned the PC on and logged in, but at other times it has randomly appeared while I've been using the computer.
 
What on earth was going on? Is this a sign of impending doom of some sort? or nothing to worry about?

I suspected this.  For starters, IMO, incognito mode is resource intensive, and I mean that by observation, not by looking at resources if that makes any sense.  It always causes little glitches, slowness etc. in my experience, especially when using Live Mode (which you aren't) but still. 

 

I don't think you will ever see great performance from a USB, unless maybe if it is a super fast USB, this is why I asked which Model you were using?

 

I think it is nothing to worry about and you will continue to see it.  Have you tweaked your system as if you were using an SSD, that may be a good idea, so you don't wear the USB prematurely.  While you can run from a USB this was not the Intention of this Distro, though an extra benefit.  I've always wanted to do this with a super fast usb but they are so expensive that I have not bothered.  I'm guessing you need to find yourself a faster USB, that means looking at some independent speed tests which I cannot find my notes on this right now.  I will suggest a few just for kicks, not the fastest available but still affordable.  Note, some of these may not even be bootable, some of the Sandisk's are not, and some others, so if you do this again research it. 

 

Also, you don't need 8GB of Swap Partition, especially on a USB stick.  Hopefully you are not Hibernating etc. so you don't need all that much swap.  Take note, some of the larger ones are faster, usually faster than the 32GB.  A 32 may be fine also if you can get a good one.  Please tell us which one you are using now, the exact model?

 

I've read folks had good luck with this one :

Patriot Memory 64GB Supersonic Rage

 

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Sandisk Extreme

 

This one is pretty fast but may be hard to find as they are in transition at Lexar.

Lexar JumpDrive P20 64GB USB 3.0 

 

This one seems to be bootable also, and very fast.

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Edited by pcpunk, 14 August 2018 - 08:00 PM.

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