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    Default Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    As the title says, fresh new installation of Tumbleweed but when I open firefox and go for example to reddit.com or even facebook.com the whole machine freezes and I have to hard-reboot manually.

    Why is this happening?

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    For some reason the newest Firefox seems to need swap and lots of it even it the OS is not swapping - make sure you have as much swap as you have ram and then some.

    I have 8gb of ram and Firefox got hung, if you are lucky and have another machine you can ssh in and kill Firefox. After I added 9 gb of swap - Firefox rarely hangs for long - it will kill the runaway and continue. It seems that the new Firefox spawns a new instance for every site it connects to and Facebook pictures and videos each may need it's own spawn.

    this is what was running to connect to forums.opensuse.org and google

    > ps -ef | grep fire
    llrainey 2752 1647 9 Aug10 ? 02:39:08 /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox
    llrainey 2827 2752 0 Aug10 ? 00:05:50 /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox -contentproc -childID 1 -isForBrowser -boolPrefs 36:1|183:1|300:0|310:0| -stringPrefs 286:36;471c7c62-0ebe-46bf-8ea8-b0e9fd12ecbd| -schedulerPrefs 0001,2 -greomni /usr/lib64/firefox/omni.ja -appomni /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/omni.ja -appdir /usr/lib64/firefox/browser 2752 true tab
    llrainey 2911 2752 3 Aug10 ? 01:01:31 /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox -contentproc -childID 3 -isForBrowser -boolPrefs 36:1|183:1|300:0|310:0| -stringPrefs 286:36;471c7c62-0ebe-46bf-8ea8-b0e9fd12ecbd| -schedulerPrefs 0001,2 -greomni /usr/lib64/firefox/omni.ja -appomni /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/omni.ja -appdir /usr/lib64/firefox/browser 2752 true tab
    llrainey 3601 2752 0 Aug10 ? 00:11:16 /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox -contentproc -childID 6 -isForBrowser -boolPrefs 36:1|183:1|300:0|310:0| -stringPrefs 286:36;471c7c62-0ebe-46bf-8ea8-b0e9fd12ecbd| -schedulerPrefs 0001,2 -greomni /usr/lib64/firefox/omni.ja -appomni /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/omni.ja -appdir /usr/lib64/firefox/browser 2752 true tab
    llrainey 18923 2752 0 12:19 ? 00:00:06 /usr/lib64/firefox/firefox -contentproc -childID 41 -isForBrowser -boolPrefs 36:1|183:1|300:0|310:0| -stringPrefs 286:36;471c7c62-0ebe-46bf-8ea8-b0e9fd12ecbd| -schedulerPrefs 0001,2 -greomni /usr/lib64/firefox/omni.ja -appomni /usr/lib64/firefox/browser/omni.ja -appdir /usr/lib64/firefox/browser 2752 true tab
    llrainey 20415 19178 0 13:09 pts/12 00:00:00 grep --color=auto fire
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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tekel View Post
    As the title says, fresh new installation of Tumbleweed but when I open firefox and go for example to reddit.com or even facebook.com the whole machine freezes and I have to hard-reboot manually.

    Why is this happening?
    I am not experiencing this, but I am also not running the newest series of Firefox, instead I have the latest Firefox ESR 52 series, 52.9.0.

    If you can have it confirmed by other TW users that this is a common problem, perhaps you might try installing the ESR version.
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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    what's your graphic card and or driver?
    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep VGA

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    Quote Originally Posted by I_A View Post
    what's your graphic card and or driver?
    Code:
    sudo lspci | grep VGA
    This is the result:
    Code:
    00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Kaveri [Radeon R7 Graphics]
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Baffin [Radeon RX 460/560D / Pro 450/455/460/555/560] (rev cf)

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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    Two discreet AMD PCIe gfxcards?

    Once inxi is installed, what is its output run in an Xterm or Konsole?
    Code:
    inxi -Gxx
    If xf86-video-amdgpu is installed/in use and xf86-video-ati is not, what happens if you swap them? What happens if you remove both?
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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    Which session type is running? You can get this information with following command:
    Code:
    echo $XDG_SESSION_TYPE

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    et al:

    Yes. This is happening in my episode of TW GNOME . . . started yesterday after installing the latest suggested updates . . . FF boots but within a few seconds will not load tabs . . . then it crashes the GUI. I don't know how to do the "-f install" gambit from ubuntu over in OpenSUSE . . . rebooted a couple times . . . tried to run "dup -l" to see if a new version of FF would show in the list--nothing to do, it said--no change.

    Then I installed Chromium and had no problems . . . .

    This morning a bunch of newer updates were "ready to install" . . . installed them, FF was not listed . . . after the install launched FF . . . system "froze the GUI" . . . no cursor. Yesterday I tried to get to a TTY shell . . . wouldn't do that . . . using ubuntu style "control + alt + F1" or F2, or F3, etc.

    I just saw the post about increasing swap, which I would have to admit I'm not up to snuff on swap since I added more RAM, now have 16 GB RAM, previously had 8 GB, so I have 8 GB swap . . . . I do a multi-boot deal, with a mix of ubuntu flavors, two OpenSUSE, a Geck rolling & GNOME TW, with three versions of OSX spread across two int drives . . . . These days in Lubuntu & Ubuntu they aren't doing swap partitions anymore, they are doing "swap file" . . . so FF is doing something that isn't "up to date"?

    I'm now over in Gecko Rolling and in FF to type this out, updated a few days back, not sure if I run the latest updates if the same thing will happen over here in Gecko . . . have to try it out and see if it gets "crashy" . . . or not . . . other stuff to do right now; just wanted to add my name to the list of "sufferers of frozen TW" in the GNOME DE flavoring.

    n_s

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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    Quote Originally Posted by Tekel View Post
    This is the result:
    Code:
    00:01.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Kaveri [Radeon R7 Graphics]
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Baffin [Radeon RX 460/560D / Pro 450/455/460/555/560] (rev cf)
    as that is a strange setup I'd say disable hardware acceleration
    hit the three bars then Options in the Performance section uncheck use "Use recommended performance settings" then uncheck use hardware acceleration

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    Default Re: Firefox freezes Tumbleweed

    So, for comparison, I ran ref/dup -l in my Gecko Rolling partition, 192 packages . . . FF was not mentioned in the list . . . and on reboot FF is still working, system is still working . . . whereas in TW it is not. Gecko kernel is 4.17.14-1.2x86_64.rpm . . . and this is with the same roughly 8GB of RAM that the TW system is using . . . .

    n_s

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