This is a question about the right language
to describe and investigate a sudden "hang" or "crash" of the computer. (Well, pointers to a fix would be great, too.) I've been using Linux for ten years and Unix for decades, but haven't come accross this behavior much, so I don't know how to search. A search for "Crash" brought up nothing useful.
The incident: I run Firefox 3.0 on Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" (= 8.04 LTS). On some web page (e.g., www.brother.com
) I click a button or link, and the computer freezes:
* The screen still shows the same content (no black screen, "kernel panic" or the like)
* The mouse pointer won't move any more.
* Keystrokes have no effect. That includes Ctrl-Alt-Delete, and CapsLk (which normally toggles the LED). Ctrl-Alt-F1 etc doesn't switch to other tty.
* The network interfaces stop responding to ping from other machines.
The only thing I can do is hold the power button for 7 seconds to turn it off cold, then power up to boot again. After the reboot, clicking the same button or link works just fine.
So, what do you call this kind of event in Linux Lingo? That would allow me to more effectively search for reports of incidents, and hopefully find fixes.
How do you investigate what's wrong? I don't suppose there would be a core dump or backtrace to be found.
As it happens once a day, it's kind of annoying.