Firefox Crashing

Knapp magick.crow at
Thu Jun 11 15:39:06 UTC 2009

On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 5:32 PM, Wade Smart<wadesmart at> wrote:
> Chan Chung Hang Christopher wrote:
>> Wade Smart wrote:
>>> 20090611 0833 GMT-5
>>> My friend just sent me a email saying he has a problem with this computer.
>>> Has been dual booting XP and Ubuntu 8.04 for over a year without any
>>> problems. Last night he turned off his system and this morning when he
>>> turned it back on he has crazy troubles under ubuntu.
>>> His browsers keep crashing - as in, open it up, go to any page, the page
>>> might load, it might not, and the app closes.
>> Does he have any problems in Windows XP? If not, then it is not a
>> hardware issue.
>>> Pidgin is doing the same. He will open a window to me, post a message -
>>> and immediately go offline. Then a few message attempt later, he wont go
>>> off line, I can see the message but he cant see any posted response back.
>>> He emailed me this from Firefox:
>>> *** glibc detected *** /usr/lib/firefox-3.0.10/firefox: double free or
>>> corruption (fasttop): 0xb18e9098 ***
>>> ======= Backtrace: =========
>>> /lib/tls/i686/cmov/[0xb7da7454]
>>> /lib/tls/i686/cmov/[0xb7da94b6]
>>> /usr/lib/[0xb3706503]
>>> /lib/[0xb0860289]
>>> /usr/lib/[0xb3706621]
>>> /lib/[0xb088b7a8]
>>> /lib/[0xb088bd8f]
>>> /lib/[0xb07cb281]
>>> /lib/[0xb07cc3f2]
>>> /lib/[0xb0885ac5]
>>> /lib/[0xb0824767]
>>> /lib/[0xb0827375]
>>> /lib/[0xb0829e4d]
>>> /lib/[0xb07c7555]
>>> /lib/[0xb07c7853]
>>> /lib/tls/i686/cmov/li
>> I am inclined to think that he either has corrupted files or has been
>> rooted. Unfortunately, there is no builtin checksum capability like what
>> you get with rpm packages so at this moment, I do not have any
>> suggestions on how he can verify that his files are intact.
> 20090611 1031 GMT-5
> There is no problem with XP.
> However, we think it might be a memory problem.
> He has 3GB of ram.
> After each crash the browser crashed faster and faster.
> I haven't heard back from him yet but, I told him that after the next
> crash to NOT select the Restore Tabs option on Firefox. I think it was
> eating up memory.
> Wade

At every boot you see an option, Memery Test. Have him run it.

Douglas E Knapp

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