Ubuntu freezes randomly

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Sun May 25 10:30:34 UTC 2008


Aaron wrote:
> Pat Brown wrote:
>> I have a problem with Ubuntu freezing for no apparent reason. It's not 
>> like I'm running any RAM intensive programs - this morning I had 
>> Konquerer open, Thunderbird and OpenOffice. Konquerer was on The Weather 
>> Network looking at the long range forecast, and the whole system froze. 
>> I can't do anything except a hard reboot. I can't even open a terminal. 
>> I'm fully patched. I'm on a a Compaq Presario C700, with 512 MB and1.73 
>> Ghz. Even when it's not freezing it often slows down and the screen will 
>> gray out for several seconds before coming back. When it's in this state 
>> I can't do anything.

Just a wild guess, but do you have a swap file? You can check by running

	swapon -s

in a terminal.

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