Major problem with Oneiric 11.10 freezing

Tom Bell cbell44 at
Mon Feb 13 16:51:41 UTC 2012

On 02/13/2012 05:22 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 13/02/12 18:33, Tom Bell wrote:
>> On 02/13/2012 12:12 AM, Basil Chupin wrote:
>>> On 13/02/12 15:49, Tom Bell wrote:
>>>> Most of the time when I start a program, Thunderbird, Firefox, 
>>>> Dolphin, etc., it will delay anywhere from 2 to 5 minutes and even 
>>>> then there is no guarantee that it will actually start.  I have 3 
>>>> screen captures that illustrate the problem and I will upload them 
>>>> to anyone who is interested.
>>>> Below is as much information as I could think to send.  If anyone 
>>>> wants more information, please be specific.
>>>> Thank you!
>>> When you ask a question like this and have some screenshots to 
>>> illustrate your problem, just like you have now, then post them to:
>>> and simply include the URL(s) pointing to the screenshots. This way 
>>> you only upload them once and everybody has access them to see what 
>>> you are talking about.
>>> BC
>> Thanks for the help!
>> The files have been uploaded:
>> <>
>> One thing to note:  these screenshots are completely unretouched, no 
>> Photoshop!
>> You will note the max out of both the CPUs while "top" shows little 
>> simultaneous usage of the CPUs.
>> You will also notice that the network is not in use and that the 
>> memory, 8G, is little used.
>> Any suggestions as to what could be going on would be appreciated!!!
>> Thank you!
>> Tom
> You seem to have quite a number of processes set to NI of (-)20. Why?
> (Unless I have misunderstood something I read, a (-) setting gives a 
> higher priority to a process than a positive value - even if the 
> process is idle - but, as I said, I may be wrong.)
> BC
I did an upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 and had this problem, so I did an 
install which reused
my, at the time current, setup without change.
That got me the same results so I eventually did a complete reinstall 
and the (-) settings are what
resulted from that.  The last reinstall reformatted the drive.


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