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Old 12-16-2010, 09:43 AM   #1
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After installation of ubuntu 9.10, PC keeps hanging


hi,
a few weeks ago i installed Ubuntu 9.10 on my PC on which i was previously using Ubuntu 8.10. However after the installation of the new version, my machine keeps hanging all the time,like i can use it for 20 minutes and it hangs and completely freezes, so i have to force a shutdown in order to restart and it does so very often, i don't know where the problem really is. The PC is Pentium 4, 40GB hard disk, 512MB RAM, processor speed of 1.8 GHz, i am really fed up with this problem, please assist me if you can, and let me know if you need more details,

Thanks in advance
 
Old 12-16-2010, 09:55 AM   #2
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Graphics card?

Have you tried the current Ubuntu release (10.10)? 9.10 is over a year old and only has a few months of support left...
 
Old 12-16-2010, 10:36 AM   #3
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i hope you will be able to know the type of graphics card being used from the information below which i got from the terminal,

VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82915G/GV/910GL Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 0e)
 
Old 12-16-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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I never had good luck with my Intel graphics card on Ubuntu 9.10. If you refuse to update to the current version for some reason, a quick fix you can try is to disable Compiz desktop effects.

Code:
metacity --replace
 
Old 12-16-2010, 12:08 PM   #5
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i'll try and update them and see whether it makes a difference, then i'll get back to you
 
Old 12-16-2010, 12:20 PM   #6
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You don't need to update anything yet; just burn an Ubuntu 10.10 Live CD and take it for a test drive. If it solves your "crashes every 20 minutes" problem, then you know the problem is specific to 9.10 and you can either upgrade or do a fresh reinstall of 10.10 (my recommendation).

Also, did you try my "disable compiz effects" suggestion? It is potentially a 5-second, no-risk solution to your problem.
 
Old 12-18-2010, 04:52 AM   #7
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i think i'll simply try out ubuntu 10.1 and see how things go, i haven't tried 'disable compiz effects' because i don't know how to go about it, i typed it in the terminal and it replied that command 'disable' was not found.
 
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There is no 'disable' in the command I suggested:

Code:
metacity --replace
You can also go to System-Preferences-Desktop Effects, or right-click on the background, choose Appearance, then Desktop Effects.
 
  


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