[ubuntu-studio-users] PC slowing down and freezing after upgrade of hardware

Mike Holstein mikeh789 at gmail.com
Fri Mar 7 19:32:18 UTC 2014

On Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 1:51 PM, David King <linuxman at avoura.com> wrote:

>  I am running Ubuntu Studio 12.04 on my PC which I built myself. I
> recently upgraded some of the hardware, including the CPU, RAM and
> motherboard. I am using the same hard drives and the same installation of
> Ubuntu Studio.
> When I boot up and if I press ESC during the splash text to see what is
> going on (such as when it is doing disk checks), I see a
> constantly-repeated error message as follows:
> [first some changing numbers] hub 2-0:1.0: unable to enumerate USB device
> on port 2
> and the same line appears below but the first number is 5 instead of 2,
> i.e. hub 5-0:1.0:
> Today I am finding after logging into Ubuntu, that Firefox is working okay
> and then suddenly it freezes when opening a new tab, and then the whole PC
> goes very slow and is unresponsive. Pressing ALT SysRq REISUB does nothing.
> Other programs were running as well, and when it happens the RAM usage goes
> to maximum (8 GB installed) and the CPUs get busier (8-core 4 GHz).
> The first time it happened I had to do a hard reboot.
> The second time it happened the PC was still responding, but only just. I
> pressed CTRL ALT F1 to get into a console, but that was showing the hub
> 2-0:1.0: unable to enumerate USB device on port 2 message again repeatedly,
> making it impossible to log in.
> Going back to the GUI via CTRL ALT F7 I then managed to close each window
> and reboot.
> So is the USB device error something that could be causing it to go slow?
> Or is it more likely to be a problem with Firefox or one of its extensions?
> Or a problem with Ubuntu Studio? I plan to upgrade the new LTS when it
> comes out in April or whenever.
> When everything works it works well, with the faster CPU than before it
> never goes slow, normally. I can have various programs open and lots of
> tabs open in Firefox and it handles it smoothly.
> So how do I fix this, and get rid of that USB device error and with the PC
> running normally without freezing?
the USB messages are likely just that.. messages.. what would i do? try a
live CD and remove my currently installed system from the equation. i would
test the hardware and see that its all installed and functioning properly.
an opportune time to find issues with hardware is when it is new, or very
old, or being physically manipulated. you could have something as simple as
a graphics card driver issue, to hardware that doesnt support the kernel
you are using.. or, you could have broken something hardware related.
remove your installation from the equation.. see if live CD's run, then,
move on to modules you may have installed on the old hardware that should
be removed.. graphics drivers for example.. cheers and good luck

> David King
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