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PC Freezing
#1
The first few days using Mint 19.1 Cinnamon , my pc froze up completely two times with no response of any kind at all .

Now , it has happened twice in the last ten minutes . Any shortcut or combination of keys I have read about has not been successful in getting a response from the computer .

Are there any further ideas on how to un freeze the pc or access the terminal when this happens again ? If I am able to access the terminal , what command should I use ?

Does this happen to others frequently with Cinnamon ? 

Should I try using XFCE or MATE instead of Cinnamon ?

Other than this one problem , so far I'm enjoying using Mint .

Thank You for any help .
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#2
'Ctrl-Alt-F2' will drop you into a TTY on basically all distributions, even if the display server is busy. Here you can log in with your account name and password to gain access to a shell. To find out if something is using a lot of resoures, you can use 'htop', which is kinda like a task manager but for the terminal. If you see a process using to much, select it and press 'F9' '9' 'Enter' to kill it.
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#3
Excellent ! Thank You Very Much .
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#4
I guess I didn't state the same information clearly and concisely in my reply to OP's original thread.

https://www.ezeelinux.com/talk/showthrea...943&page=3



If you continue to have problems, Linux Mint 19.2 is out and includes a new version of Cinnamon which purportedly is faster and uses even less memory; although, if I recall correctly from your original thread, you really shouldn't be experiencing any problems with your specs.  

Normally, I would say give a new release a few weeks before downloading to avoid any possible early bugs, but if you are already having issues, it's worth a shot.    

https://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=3792

Guessing you can skip step 4 with 19.1 already installed?


Some info on new version:

https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2019/07/down...-19-2-tina


Also, did you check the integrity of your original 19.1 download? Maybe there was an issue with the ISO or install.

https://linuxmint-installation-guide.rea...erify.html

Did you install any necessary video drivers?

Finally, you're not dual booting, right? Just trying to rule out a few things.

*This install is still on the used computer you just bought and mentioned in your original thread, right? Hope there aren't any hardware issues.
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(08-02-2019, 03:52 PM)ihavenoidea Wrote: The first few days using Mint 19.1 Cinnamon , my pc froze up completely two times with no response of any kind at all .

Now , it has happened twice in the last ten minutes . Any shortcut or combination of keys I have read about has not been successful in getting a response from the computer .

Are there any further ideas on how to un freeze the pc or access the terminal when this happens again ? If I am able to access the terminal , what command should I use ?

Does this happen to others frequently with Cinnamon ? 

Should I try using XFCE or MATE instead of Cinnamon ?

Other than this one problem , so far I'm enjoying using Mint .

Thank You for any help .

Hi,
I had the same thing. The problem i had causing the freezes was a crash of timeshift. Every time my system froze i looked in the system logs afterwards and it was tmeshift causing the crash.

Hope this helps a bit
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#6
I posted this link in OP's original thread, but I'll add it again here:

https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p...2&t=223066


I would also try the official Linux Mint forums in case there is a known hardware issue or a bug with some of the recent security mitigation patches.

https://forums.linuxmint.com/


If I recall correctly from your original thread, you said this used PC came with Ubuntu 18.04 installed. Did you play around with that at all? Do you know if it was running that installation successfully, or was that crashing too?
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#7
Crazy . I hadn't had any freeze up or disconnects for a few days and while I was replying to this thread , the pc froze up . Nothing I tried that was suggested so far would get me access to the mouse or keyboard . Had to press the power button to get running again .

Thanks for all the suggestions .

I'll try and disable timeshift for a few days to see if that helps .

I believe I installed and updated everything correctly .

I'm not dual booting . PC did come with Ubuntu installed . Used it briefly with no apparent issues .

May try 19.2 in a few days if I can't get this under control .

I'll keep at it . Running into a few road blocks but its worth it to dump windows 10 .
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#8
Pim:

How did you resolve your Timeshift issue?


ihavenoidea:

Sorry you've had so much trouble with your LM experience so far. You could always reinstall Ubuntu 18.04 or another Linux OS if you continue to have LM issues. The GNOME desktop environment that Ubuntu 18.04 comes with might take a little getting used to coming from Windows.

Ubuntu Mate has a lot of different built in panel layouts under their Mate Tweak tool. There is even a Redmond layout that should be close enough to a Windows XP/7 layout. If you try Ubuntu Mate, I would recommend trying version 18.04 first because you said regular Ubuntu 18.04 ran fine on the PC.

https://ubuntu-mate.org/blog/ubuntu-mate...l-release/

I also recommend checking out Peppermint OS or Linux Lite. If you still don't have any luck, antiX seems to run on just about anything.

https://peppermintos.com/

https://www.linuxliteos.com/

https://antixlinux.com/

If you try LM 19.2, it is probably best to just do a fresh install instead of an upgrade.


Hope something works for you. Also, way to stay positive!


Good Luck!
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#9
I had two older 10 & 12 yrs old laptops I tried Mint Mate 19.1 on and they both froze up from time to time, not all the time though, I just put up with it till I got a Thinkpad T430. Installed Mint on the Thinkpad and Mint Mate froze up also from time to time, Huh?? Turns out I must have had a bad ISO file because I downloaded another ISO installed put the new image file on another USB thumb drive installed Mint Mate and haven't had a freeze since. So either the ISO file was bad or the thumb drive was bad. Go figure.
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#10
Sooooo......... After not being able to determine why my installation of Mint 19.1 Cinnamon was freezing up on me one or two times a day , I went ahead and installed Mint 19.2 xfce on this test pc that I bought just for trying out Linux on .

So far its running great with no more freeze ups at all , so I'm moving in the right direction .

Next question Smile

I can't seem to get my printer to print just right . Its a fairly new HP Deskjet 2624 that I was very happy with using windows .

When I print a page , its off center . Some of the text on the top and along the right side of the page is cut off . I printed a test page and that too was slightly off center . I downloaded HPLIP from HP but haven't had any luck installing it . I follow the installation instructions on the HP website but always get an error message from the terminal when trying to install this . Is there a way to install this using GI ?

Thanks to all the replies on my earlier questions . Any help getting my printer running smoothly would be appreciated .
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