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  1. #11
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    I may have made some progress on this one. Today the machine froze everytime I entered my password and tried to log on. Some times the log on screen would stay displayed. Moving the mouse about causes the display to turn into a block pattern. It is possible to get into a terminal in this condition and close the machine down. However the other senario is that a different pattern appears across the whole of the display and the only way out is to hold the power button down. When I tried to log on as a guest everything worked as it should including the dash. I could then change user and access my account.
    I don't have enough experience to know where to look inb these cicumstances but perhaps someone could point me in the right direction.

  2. #12
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    Yesterday I couldn't log in as a guest either. In desparation I re installed 13.04 booting from a CD. It made no difference and the machine locked up at log in and guest log in. I updated/upgraded using the command line, but several packages were 'held back'. Today still not being able to get past log in I opened a command line and did update/upgrade again - there were about 291 packages to install. Having done this and rebooted I was able to get into my account direct from the log in screen. I haven't tried anything in Dash yet - will report in due course.

  3. #13
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    Right. I found the solution. Start in recovery mode. Select repair broken packages and follow instructions. System works now - I've just got to try and remeber how to upgrade the graphics drivers and everything should be back to normal.

  4. #14
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    Guess what.. . that's right Ubuntu froze/crashed/fell short or what have you Clyde Beatty.
    I was using Ubuntu with Untiy and all seemed to be going relatively smoothly. I had Firefox opened an was on 'Got Linux' One of he followers of my thread here about my freezes posted a statement about burning an ISO onto to a usb stick. I believed I had something that would work but i was not sure of its name, i knew it began with the letters 'B' and 'r' So keeping Firefox open, I opened Dash and in the search bar had just typed in those two letters B an r, an that is when it all came tumbling down a full blow freeze/crash. Following 'Einstein's' definition of insane' I tried everthing I'd tried before expecting it to work this time but as usually nothing worked. Except this time the screen went crazy, like what happens when you are watching an old VHS tape or an old DVD. If that was not bad enough the screen then went black.

    I had no choice but to power the pc off using the power button on the Tower and reboot. When the login screen appeared an I saw my choices I did not hesiate and selected 'Gnome Fallback with no effects' which I am using now.

    bill23

  5. #15
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    Hey to all;

    A couple days ago I posted in Launchpad about how my PC was freezing/crashing when I used Dash . I heard back from them and they asked me, what is the output of:

    [sudo lshw -C display; lsb_release -a; uname -a; dpkg -l | grep gnome-
    session-bin]

    Here is what I got from that commandline:




    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller product: G72 [GeForce 7300 LE] vendor: NVIDIA Corporation physical id: 0 bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0 version: a1 width: 64 bits clock: 33MHz capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0 resources: irq:16 memory:ed000000-edffffff memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:ee000000-eeffffff memory:efe00000-efe1ffff No LSB modules are available. Distributor ID: Ubuntu Description: Ubuntu 13.04 Release: 13.04 Codename: raring Linux bill48-Dimension-9100 3.8.0-31-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP Tue Sep 10 19:56:49 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i686 GNU/Linux ii firefox-gnome-support 22.0+build2-0ubuntu0.13.04.2 i386 Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - GNOME support ii gnome-accessibility-themes 3.6.5-0ubuntu1 all Accessibility themes for the GNOME desktop ii gnome-applets 3.5.92-0ubuntu1 i386 Various applets for the GNOME panel - binary files ii gnome-applets-data 3.5.92-0ubuntu1 all Various applets for the GNOME panel - data files ii gnome-backgrounds 3.8.1-0ubuntu1 all Set of backgrounds packaged with the GNOME desktop ii gnome-bluetooth 3.6.1-0ubuntu3 i386 GNOME Bluetooth tools ii gnome-boxes 3.6.3-0ubuntu1 i386 Simple GNOME app to access remote or virtual systems ii gnome-calculator 1:3.8.1-0ubuntu1 i386 GNOME desktop calculator ii gnome-chess 1:3.8.1-0ubuntu1 i386 chess game with 3D graphics ii gnome-color-manager 3.6.1-0ubuntu1 i386 Color management integration for the GNOME desktop environment ii gnome-contacts 3.6.2-0ubuntu2.1 i386 Contacts manager for GNOME ii gnome-control-center 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu24.1 i386 utilities to configure the GNOME desktop ii gnome-control-center-data 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu24.1 all configuration applets for GNOME - data files ii gnome-control-center-signon 0.1.6bzr13.04.05-0ubuntu1.1 i386 GNOME Control Center extension for single signon ii gnome-control-center-unity 1.3daily13.06.19~13.04-0ubuntu1 i386 change the settings of the Unity desktop ii gnome-core 1:3.4+7ubuntu4 i386 GNOME Desktop Environment -- essential components ii gnome-desktop3-data 3.6.3-0ubuntu1 all Common files for GNOME desktop apps ii gnome-dictionary 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 i386 GNOME dictionary application ii gnome-disk-utility 3.6.1-1ubuntu1 i386 manage and configure disk drives and media ii gnome-documents 3.6.2-1ubuntu1 i386 Document manager for GNOME ii gnome-exe-thumbnailer 0.9-0ubuntu2 all Wine .exe and other executable thumbnailer for Gnome ii gnome-font-viewer 3.7.5-0ubuntu1 i386 font viewer for GNOME ii gnome-icon-theme 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 all GNOME Desktop icon theme (small subset) ii gnome-icon-theme-extras 3.4.0-2ubuntu1 all GNOME Desktop icon theme (additional icons) ii gnome-icon-theme-full 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 all GNOME Desktop icon theme ii gnome-icon-theme-symbolic 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 all GNOME desktop icon theme (symbolic icons) ii gnome-keyring 3.6.3-0ubuntu2 i386 GNOME keyring services (daemon and tools) ii gnome-klotski 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 Klotski puzzle game for GNOME ii gnome-mahjongg 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 classic Eastern tile game for GNOME ii gnome-media 3.4.0-1ubuntu1 i386 GNOME media utilities ii gnome-menus 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 i386 GNOME implementation of the freedesktop menu specification ii gnome-mines 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 popular minesweeper puzzle game for GNOME ii gnome-nettool 3.2.0-1 i386 network information tool for GNOME ii gnome-nibbles 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 snake game, up to four players ii gnome-online-accounts 3.6.2-1ubuntu1 i386 GNOME Online Accounts ii gnome-orca 3.8.0-0ubuntu1 all Scriptable screen reader ii gnome-packagekit 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 i386 Graphical distribution neutral software management tools ii gnome-packagekit-data 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 all Data files for graphical distribution neutral software management tools ii gnome-panel 1:3.6.2-0ubuntu3 i386 launcher and docking facility for GNOME ii gnome-panel-data 1:3.6.2-0ubuntu3 all common files for the GNOME Panel ii gnome-power-manager 3.6.0-1ubuntu1 i386 power management tool for the GNOME desktop ii gnome-robots 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 improved old BSD robots game ii gnome-screensaver 3.6.1-0ubuntu3 i386 GNOME screen saver and locker ii gnome-screenshot 3.6.1-0ubuntu2.1 i386 screenshot application for GNOME ii gnome-session 3.6.2-0ubuntu5 all GNOME Session Manager - GNOME 3 session ii gnome-session-bin 3.6.2-0ubuntu5 i386 GNOME Session Manager - Minimal runtime ii gnome-session-canberra 0.30-0ubuntu2 i386 GNOME session log in and log out sound events ii gnome-session-common 3.6.2-0ubuntu5 all GNOME Session Manager - common files ii gnome-session-fallback 3.6.2-0ubuntu5 all GNOME Session Manager - GNOME fallback session ii gnome-settings-daemon 3.6.4-0ubuntu8 i386 daemon handling the GNOME session settings ii gnome-shell 3.6.3.1-0ubuntu6 i386 graphical shell for the GNOME desktop ii gnome-shell-common 3.6.3.1-0ubuntu6 all common files for the GNOME graphical shell ii gnome-shell-extensions 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 all Extensions to extend functionality of GNOME Shell ii gnome-software-manager 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 i386 Graphical distribution neutral software manager ii gnome-sudoku 1:3.8.1-0ubuntu2 all Sudoku puzzle game for GNOME ii gnome-sushi 3.6.1-0ubuntu1 i386 sushi is a quick previewer for nautilus ii gnome-system-log 3.6.1-0ubuntu1 i386 system log viewer for GNOME ii gnome-system-monitor 3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 Process viewer and system resource monitor for GNOME ii gnome-terminal 3.6.1-0ubuntu4 i386 GNOME terminal emulator application ii gnome-terminal-data 3.6.1-0ubuntu4 all Data files for the GNOME terminal emulator ii gnome-tetravex 1:3.8.0-0ubuntu1 i386 put tiles on a board and match their edges together ii gnome-themes-standard:i386 3.6.5-0ubuntu1 i386 Standard GNOME themes ii gnome-themes-standard-data 3.6.5-0ubuntu1 all Data files for GNOME standard themes ii gnome-tweak-tool 3.6.1-1 all tool to adjust advanced configuration settings for GNOME ii gnome-update-viewer 3.6.0-0ubuntu1 i386 Graphical distribution neutral software update viewer ii gnome-user-guide 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 all GNOME user's guide ii gnome-user-share 3.0.4-0ubuntu1 i386 User level public file sharing via WebDAV or ObexFTP ii gnome-video-effects 0.4.0-1ubuntu2 all GNOME Video Effects ii language-pack-gnome-en 1:13.04+20130418 all GNOME translation updates for language English ii language-pack-gnome-en-base 1:13.04+20130418 all GNOME translations for language English ii libgnome-bluetooth11 3.6.1-0ubuntu3 i386 GNOME Bluetooth tools - support library ii libgnome-control-center1 1:3.6.3-0ubuntu24.1 i386 utilities to configure the GNOME desktop ii libgnome-desktop-3-4 3.6.3-0ubuntu1 i386 Utility library for loading .desktop files - runtime files ii libgnome-keyring-common 3.6.0-1 all GNOME keyring services library - data files ii libgnome-keyring0:i386 3.6.0-1 i386 GNOME keyring services library ii libgnome-media-profiles-3.0-0 3.0.0-1ubuntu1 i386 GNOME Media Profiles library ii libgnome-menu-3-0 3.6.2-0ubuntu1 i386 GNOME implementation of the freedesktop menu specification ii libp11-kit-gnome-keyring:i386 3.6.3-0ubuntu2 i386 GNOME keyring module for the PKCS#11 module loading library ii libpam-gnome-keyring:i386 3.6.3-0ubuntu2 i386 PAM module to unlock the GNOME keyring upon login ii thunderbird-gnome-support 1:24.0+build1-0ubuntu0.13.04.1 i386 Email, RSS and newsgroup client - GNOME support


    From this they determned I was using an open source driver and they suggested I use a Nvidia one instead and so I installed the one with the most updates. I am back with Unity an it is now a matter of waiting to see if he change of drivers made any difference. If a couple weeks goes by and no crashes and or freeze ups happens then I might conclude this 'sucker' is a done dude.

    bill23

  6. #16
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    Re: Ubuntu freezes when using Dash

    Well I thought I had this resolved but reinstalling the Nvidia drivers didn't work for long. Machine began to crashi at log in. Start in recovery mode, and use it with default graphics whilst I researched the problem further. But if I turned it off it reinstalled the Nvidia drivers and crashed at log in. Read of Torvalds speech in which he expressed his views about Nvidia. Bought AMD radeon HD5450 graphics card - installed same and now everything is working properly.

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