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    Random freezing playing games

    It's late and I apologize if this has been mentioned somewhere before. Ever since I upgraded to 12.04, anytime I'm playing a game for an extended period of time (1-3 hours) my entire screen will freeze, the mouse can move around, I can't alt-tab out of the window, I can't change TTY's to kill programs. Everything seems to be running fine in the background. I was in a Skype call when it happened.

    At first I thought it was Wine, but it happened for Minecraft as well. I thought it may have been Skype, but it still happens and it's becoming such an annoyance that I'm fed up with 12.04. This _NEVER_ happened with 11.10. I don't even know where to begin. I can't tell if it's hardware, which I doubt since it all worked before, some setting I have, or what.

    I'm computer savvy, but not Linux savvy. I can follow tutorials and guides no problem. Any help would be appreciated on how I can pinpoint the cause, how I can resolve it so I can move forward. Any information needed I'll give. Thanks.

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    Re: Random freezing playing games

    Have you looked into the system log file if there are any problems reported? What are your hardware specs?

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    Re: Random freezing playing games

    There's nothing in the syslog that I can see. I would assume it'd be something blatant and obvious.

    Specs
    Mobo: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3
    CPU: AMD FX(tm)-4100 Quad-Core Processor
    RAM: 8Gigs Corsair something
    GPU: GeForce 9600 GSO
    HDD: WesterDigital 750GB WD7500AADS

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    Re: Random freezing playing games

    So I just had another one so I copied parts of the syslog to list in here. Perhaps someone with more knowledge will be able to see if there's anything out of the ordinary.

    Aug 2 14:17:01 Rendo-personal CRON[15688]: (root) CMD ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly)
    Aug 2 14:18:43 Rendo-personal kernel: [48300.672546] delay: estimated 133, actual 0
    Aug 2 14:19:33 Rendo-personal kernel: [48350.369288] delay: estimated 134, actual 1
    Aug 2 14:19:37 Rendo-personal kernel: [48354.465441] delay: estimated 133, actual 0
    Aug 2 14:19:42 Rendo-personal kernel: [48359.312148] delay: estimated 133, actual 1
    Aug 2 14:21:03 Rendo-personal kernel: [48439.821832] delay: estimated 90, actual 1
    Aug 2 14:21:07 Rendo-personal kernel: [48444.173496] delay: estimated 134, actual 1
    Aug 2 14:22:08 Rendo-personal kernel: [48505.408116] delay: estimated 133, actual 0
    Aug 2 14:34:02 Rendo-personal kernel: [49217.243719] delay: estimated 90, actual 1
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal kernel: imklog 5.8.6, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="5.8.6" x-pid="894" x-info="http://www.rsyslog.com"] start
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal rsyslogd: rsyslogd's groupid changed to 103
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal rsyslogd: rsyslogd's userid changed to 101
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal rsyslogd-2039: Could not open output pipe '/dev/xconsole' [try http://www.rsyslog.com/e/2039 ]
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: <info> VPN: loaded org.freedesktop.NetworkManager.pptp
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: <info> DNS: loaded plugin dnsmasq
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal dbus[905]: [system] Activating service name='org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1' (using servicehelper)
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal polkitd[961]: started daemon version 0.104 using authority implementation `local' version `0.104'
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal dbus[905]: [system] Successfully activated service 'org.freedesktop.PolicyKit1'
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPlugin-Ifupdown: init!
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPlugin-Ifupdown: update_system_hostname
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPluginIfupdown: management mode: unmanaged
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPlugin-Ifupdown: devices added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:09.0/0000:03:00.0/net/eth1, iface: eth1)
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPlugin-Ifupdown: device added (path: /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:09.0/0000:03:00.0/net/eth1, iface: eth1): no ifupdown configuration found.
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal NetworkManager[940]: SCPlugin-Ifupdown: devices added (path: /sys/devices/virtual/net/lo, iface: lo)
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal kernel: [ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpuset
    Aug 2 14:37:49 Rendo-personal kernel: [ 0.000000] Initializing cgroup subsys cpu

    Everything after that appears to be the system loading everything to start up. Hopefully this helps someone pinpoint the issue.

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