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    Angry Firefox crashes Ubuntu partition (but fine in Windows)

    I once had a beautifully running Hardy Heron installation on my Toshiba L505-S5990.

    A few months ago however - out of the blue - opening Firefox (or any other internet program) lead to a worrying clicking sound coming from under the keyboard and my machine would just freeze, windows would go grey, & refuse to close, etc. Etc.

    RIP.

    ... but then I went into my Windows partition however and it would work just fine. In fact, nothing was wrong in the Windows partition (other than the fact that it was a Windows partition).

    I miss my Ubuntu partition and in fact, want to upgrade to 10.10 but I figure I should solve this issue first.

    I have no idea what to do though. I have heard that there is something similar to Windows Scandisk called FSCK but I cannot run it while I am in Ubuntu. And I don't even know if that will solve it.

    I thought about it because Gparted says I do have some bad sectors.

    The other weird thing is that although I can't go online, my Gmail notifier receives updates, Skype seems to be on and working (although I've not tried actually making a call, it receives messages) and Liferea keeps stacking up unread posts.

    Can anybody help me?

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    Re: Firefox crashes Ubuntu partition (but fine in Windows)

    Boot from a Live CD to run fsck. Once at the desktop, open a terminal and type:

    Code:
    sudo fsck -y /dev/sdaX
    where /dev/sdaX is your Ubuntu partition.

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    Re: Firefox crashes Ubuntu partition (but fine in Windows)

    Hi Cariboo,

    Many thanks for the tip. I ran the command and this is what came up:

    sudo fsck -y /dev/sda5
    fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
    e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
    UBUNTU: clean, 399462/8208384 files, 25918543/32804722 blocks

    The problem is still there though. The funny thing is that while using the Live CD I could browse with no problem.

    What do I do now?

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    Re: Firefox crashes Ubuntu partition (but fine in Windows)

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