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    Angry Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    I am a poor, worthless sinner that keeps on visiting websites like google image search. When I commit those sins, firefox crashes and freezes my whole system, no mouse or keyboard input possible.

    Then I have to do a hard shutdown and reboot. Then, the wrath of firefox hits me again by the cynical face of fsck. It has to run always twice - first as an automatic function, but it quits because it cannot resolve conflicts alone.

    Then the maintenance shell comes up telling be that fsck has to be run manually. The whole home partition is scanned a second time, prompting me to answer to a litany of miraculous questions always with yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. Then, I can log in again.

    What can I do to relieve me from some of the pains? Should I light some candles? Would it help to be nicer to my neighbors?

    Or is there at least a way to have fsck start automatically with the -a option enabled, so it needs to run only once and answer the questions that can be only answered with 'yes' with yes by itself?

    I don't ask for a resolution of firefox to display ordinary websites without desktop freezes because I know that this is not possible, at least not in this life.

    Pray for me to ease my pain! May the sysadmin be with you!
    Last edited by Klympf; September 17th, 2012 at 11:06 PM.

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Sounds to me like your hard drive is dying, continually having to run fsck points to this.
    Cheesemill

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Sounds to me like your hard drive is dying, continually having to run fsck points to this.
    We need a new section devoted to last rites
    de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum -- Wiktionary

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Quote Originally Posted by vasa1
    Do we really need to requote the previous post in its entirety?


    Sorry couldn't resist

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Try booting from a Live CD and visiting the same sites to see if the problem still occurs.
    If not then it points to a dying HD, if you still get the hangs then it's probably time to test your RAM instead.
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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Quote Originally Posted by SlugSlug View Post
    Sorry couldn't resist
    That was a reincarnation, not a requote
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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    Try booting from a Live CD and visiting the same sites to see if the problem still occurs.
    If not then it points to a dying HD, if you still get the hangs then it's probably time to test your RAM instead.
    If you try this good idea then make sure the LiveCD is not using the hard drive swap.

    Kind regards
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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    I don't know about your firefox freezes, but next time, try this instead of a hard reset:
    1: Press and hold both the Alt and Ctrl keys
    2: Press and release SysReq or PrntScrn (either seems to work for me)
    3: Press and release the K key
    4: Release Alt, Ctrl
    This should kill the GUI and drop you back to the login screen

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Quote Originally Posted by The Cog View Post
    1: Press and hold both the Alt and Ctrl keys
    2: Press and release SysReq or PrntScrn (either seems to work for me)
    3: Press and release the K key
    4: Release Alt, Ctrl
    This should kill the GUI and drop you back to the login screen
    And if that does not work: Alt-SysRq REISUB

    (mnemonic: Raising Elephants Is So Utterly Boring)

    http://kember.net/articles/reisub-th...linux-restart/
    Last edited by Statia; September 18th, 2012 at 01:21 PM. Reason: Ctrl key not necessary.

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    Re: Worthless sinner searches redemption from firefox wrath

    Thank you for all the hints and for reading through my somewhat sarcastic post.

    These special REISUB tricks are definitely worth mentioning here, so more people learn about them, but it does not work in my case, the keyboard is totally dead.

    The harddisk was replaced some time ago and is fine, according to SMART.

    I did a lot of things tracking down the source of my crashes. I updated java and cleaned out the sqlite databases, some of which were corrupt.

    But the freeze seems to be connected to graphics-intense sites like image search or some online news sites.

    mozilla has a page with debugging tipps and disabling hardware acceleration seemed most closely connected to my problems. So far, I ran sessions in safe-mode and normal mode where I did several image searches in parallel and opened some known-to-cause-problems news sites, too, without a freeze.

    I am not totally convinced that the problem is solved but I would report back in a few days if it is indeed the case for me. That would be a good thing because if you google "firefox google image search freeze" the problem is not uncommon but an easy solution is hard to find.
    Last edited by Klympf; September 22nd, 2012 at 09:29 AM. Reason: typos

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