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    Default Firefox Freezes Linux

    At least I think it is Firefox doing it, but now and then linux just freezes and I get the little closed hand for my curser.
    When this happens, I cannot do anything except shut down which I don't like to do.

    Firefox is up to date and Flash is up to date, how do I;
    A.) Stop this from happening
    OR
    B.)Recover from it a bit more gracefully


    SYSTEM:
    OS: Linux 3.1.10-1.16-desktop x86_64
    KDE: 4.8.4 (4.8.4) "release 513"

    AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1090T Processor
    Speed: 3,200.00 MHz
    Cores: 5
    Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc
    Model:
    2D driver: radeon
    3D driver: Unknown Gallium (7.11)
    Total memory (RAM): 7.8 GiB
    Free memory: 5.3 GiB (+ 1.2 GiB Caches)
    Free swap: 2.0 GiB

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    I have a test installation where this happens sometimes too. Then I can't do anything with the mouse, but I can use the keyboard. I switch to a console window and kill firefox. After that the mouse is working again.

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    I am a linux noob - would you be kind and post the steps to do that please?

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    You need to have a console window already open. Then you can switch by pressing Alt-Tab from firefox to this window.
    There you issue:
    Code:
    ps -ef | grep firefox
    The output should be like this:
    Code:
    hendrik@lthendrik:~> ps -ef | grep firefox
    hendrik   3814  1494  0 20:51 ?        00:00:00 /bin/sh /usr/bin/firefox
    hendrik   3819  3814 10 20:51 ?        00:05:37 /usr/lib/firefox/firefox-bin
    hendrik   4492  1898  0 21:43 pts/1    00:00:00 grep --color=auto firefox
    Now kill the two firefox processes:
    Code:
    kill 3814 3819
    (Replace the process ids with yours.)

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    On 08/07/12 20:26, coasterad wrote:
    > Firefox is up to date and Flash is up to date, how do I;
    > A.) Stop this from happening
    > OR
    > B.)Recover from it a bit more gracefully



    I had this recently with flash content video
    I had to disable Hardware Acceleration again

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    Thank you so much for your time.

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    I'm not sure I have "Hardware Acceleration" -- is there medicine for that?

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by hendwolt View Post
    You need to have a console window already open. Then you can switch by pressing Alt-Tab from firefox to this window.
    CTRL+ALT+F2 will switch you to text mode, CTRL+ALT+F7 back to X. It's not necessary to have a terminal open at all times.

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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    On 08/07/12 21:36, coasterad wrote:
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    > I'm not sure I have "Hardware Acceleration" -- is there medicine for
    > that?
    >
    >


    It's under the settings when you right click a flash video, but the
    context menu doesn't always show



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    Default Re: Firefox Freezes Linux

    CTL+ALT+F2 putss me on a login screen which will not acknowledge my user name and password or the superuser (su) and password -

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