[xubuntu-users] Xubuntu 12.04 freezes with Firefox? (Patrick Gillespie)

Joshua O'Leary jmoey139 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 8 21:14:04 UTC 2013

I used to have this happen, though very rarely. A hard reboot is not 
really needed though, login to a tty and run 'killall firefox' (add -9 
to force it to close). If the system is in such a state as to not 
respond even to this, the sysrq key shortcuts should work (googling this 
would give you more info).

On 07/06/13 13:09, PGillespie wrote:
>> Using Xubuntu 12.04 and the FF 20, 1gb Ram. The entire desktop becomes
>> unusable. The mouse pointer becomes a hand (not a pointer) and while the
>> hand moves via the mouse, nothing can be done and the only remedy is to
>> hard reboot. I think FF causes this problem. I have heard FF addons can
>> cause this...
>> I have used other "non-Linix" OS's  with FF w/same addons side by side
>> for years and this has never happened with the frequency it happens with
>> Xubuntu. This is frustrating as I prefer Xubuntu to all other OS's.
>> Midori browser has choppy scrolling and responds slowly for some reason.
>> Opera and Chrome I find unintuitive.
>> I wish FF worked better with Xubuntu.
> I used to have symptoms like this. FF and Chrome both have serious 
> memory management issues (Chrome is worse). They'll hog your memory 
> until everything is forced to swap. That *can* produce the symptoms 
> you're describing.
> Try installing the extension "Memory Restart".  Pay attention to FF's 
> memory use. You can set FF to automatically restart if it exceeds a 
> certain memory usage, or manually do so.

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