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I installed Ubuntu, openSuse, Fedora and Mint. They all show the same problem. The computer randomly freezes: the mouse pointer will not move nor will the keyboard operate. The individual that sold the computer to me tells me that the linux kernel is causing the problem. I don't know how to confirm that. May I ask for help resolving this issue? Please offer a Graphical Interface solution if there is one.
If you are dramatically short of memory - and I don't know if you are - then something like this could happen. Also, there are some file indexing things that, when running, would cause something like this to happen (if you choose to run them, of course) for a short time. there are also 'advanced' video drivers that can cause some problems if the particular driver isn't quite compatible with the hardware.
Please say something about the hardware that you have, particularly the amount of memory, which versions of the various distributions you have tried to install, and any particular, non-default, options you decided to take at install time.
The openSuse distribution had memtest86 v4.20. It showed no problem with the memory.
Memory slot 0 = 2048 MB, slot1 = 2048 MB.
Intel i5 CPU 650 @ 3.2 GHz
I installed the latest versions to my knowledge: Fedora 20, Mint 16, Ubuntu 12.10
I used the default setup when installing each distribution.
I don't know how to access the information about the particular components of this computer. Please tell me how to access that information.
The best GUI equivalent I've found to lspci is hardinfo. It's more thorough, in fact. It's like a GUI lshw (which is not included by default in all distros for some fool reason, as my father would have said).
It should be in most distros' repos; I know it's in Debian's.
Distribution: Cinnamon Mint 17.3 and 18 at present.
I'm with ReaperX7, I reckon you may have a hardware error. Is it a laptop you're using? cooling systems on laptops can get clogged with fluff, dust and hair causing overheating and random hangs. The common item to your problem is the hardware, not the software.
Have you noticed how some people use laptops on their bed where the duvet blocks the cooling intakes?
Just a thought...
Last edited by Soadyheid; 02-07-2014 at 11:49 AM.
I'm using a desktop.
I installed CentOS 6.5 yesterday and it has not had a problem. Previously, the use of Fedora, openSuse, Ubuntu and Mint all resulted in the freezing behavior but CentOS has not. I'll download Hardinfo to look at the computer's components. What components should I look for?