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    Live Ubuntu USB froze on my HP Stream laptop

    I'm trying the bootable live version of Ubuntu (latest) that i downloaded this morning.

    When i booted up with the USB I connected to the network and opened firefox. But after a few seconds the system froze.

    I tried doing a Ctrl+al+delete but nothing happened so i had to do a hard shutdown manually.

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ free -m
    total used free shared buff/cache available
    Mem: 1892 678 65 531 1147 522
    I don't have 4 GB of RAM, but the underlying OS is the behometh that is windows 10 and it seems to run OK ...

    Should i install ubuntu or not ? Maybe I should add more memory specifically for ubuntu ?

    Processor Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU N3060 @ 1.60GHz, 1601 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 2 Logical Processor(s)
    System Model HP Stream Laptop 11-y0XX

    I booted again and everything seems to be working. So i'm in two minds about the thing. Will the install be better than the live cd ?
    Last edited by dbee; February 15th, 2020 at 03:14 PM.
    I wish my computer would do what I want it to do - not what I tell it to do.

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    Re: Live Ubuntu USB froze on my HP Stream laptop

    Are you familiar with the Linux command line? Then you could try CTRL+ALT+F3 to get a console, log in and check the logs in /var/log/messages or /var/log/syslog and try to figure out why the GUI froze.

    If you want to try a different Linux have a look at https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-best...ion-usb-stick/
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    Re: Live Ubuntu USB froze on my HP Stream laptop

    Thanks Ank2,

    I'm pretty sure if Ctrl+Alt+Delete doesn't work when the system freezes then Clrt+Alt+F3 isnt' going to work either

    Yes, I'm familiar with the command line
    I wish my computer would do what I want it to do - not what I tell it to do.

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    Re: Live Ubuntu USB froze on my HP Stream laptop

    I don't see your connection with CTRL+ALT+DEL and CTRL+ALT+F3; both are keys that your hardware ignores (though firmware will reboot if it's active such as in POST), and are caught by the OS and dealt with there. Ctrl+Alt+Fn key is usually enabled, Ctrl+Alt+Del is often disabled as SysRq keys are used far more frequently. As Ubuntu is a Linux kernel I'd stick to Sysrq key combinations used by the linux kernel (over key combinations made popular in microsoft DOS).

    I didn't see the release or ISO of Ubuntu you are using; latest doesn't help much as some people only count LTS release, others count .04 releases, others count all, leaving off other details like .1/.2/.3/.4/.5, desktop/server etc. Being specific is helpful to us providing useful information.

    Did you verify your download? (https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutoria...ify-ubuntu#0)? and then write to install media? (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...IntegrityCheck where CD refers to any media used, inc. cd/dvd/hdd/ssd/thumb-drive)

    I would try ctrl+alt+fn key, esp. Alt-Sysrq key combination (to at least know if GUI is frozen assuming desktop is in use) as it'll provide clues as to kernel health. Yes you could search log files for squashfs errs, but validating media before hand is far easier (if it fails on that box, I'd do the 'Check disc for defects' on another box and if it fails there too - assume it's bad!)

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