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Old 07-07-2012, 05:42 AM   #1
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browser hangs


Hello friends

I am running linux from my usb. So when i open some videos in the browser then most of the times, it get hangs & after that i have to forcefully shutdown the computer.

I cannot even open the terminal to reboot the system.
Is there any way to close the hanged browser as there are option present in windows xp to open task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del & close the process. So that we dont have to shutdown the whole system.

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Old 07-07-2012, 05:50 AM   #2
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What are the computer specs and what distro (version) of Linux?

what browser?

Also, do you have to run from USB?---e.g. why not install to the hard drive?
 
Old 07-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #3
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Linux bt 3.2.6 #1 SMP Fri Feb 17 10:40:05 EST 2012 i686 GNU/Linux

Distro : Backtrack 5 R2

Browser : Firefox 10.0.2

Windows is installed in my hard disk & it is not very big in size.

So i am running it through USB
 
Old 07-07-2012, 07:21 AM   #4
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how much RAM?

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Windows is installed in my hard disk & it is not very big in size.
Perhaps it's time to get a bigger hard disk? (they are cheap)

OR--get rid of Windows.....


Seriously, running out of RAM can cause a wide variety of issues. In addition to the RAM size, what do you have set up for SWAP?
 
Old 07-07-2012, 07:24 AM   #5
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"Watching videos in the browser" could mean that flash-player is involved... If so, what flash version is installed? What video card are you using?
 
Old 07-07-2012, 09:13 AM   #6
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I have 1 gb ram

flash version : 11.1.102.62
 
Old 07-07-2012, 12:37 PM   #7
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My semi-educated best guess (and what I would do personally):
go buy a larger hard disk, and set up Windows and Linux dual-boot on the harddisk

If this is a desktop, you could also buy a harddisk just for Linux---this would allow you to keep Windows undisturbed.
 
Old 07-08-2012, 05:48 AM   #8
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The question asked by me was different. You are going out of the topic.

I was asking, is there any way to close the hanged browser as there are option present in windows xp to open task manager by pressing ctrl+alt+del & close the process. So that we dont have to shutdown the whole system.
 
Old 07-08-2012, 06:11 AM   #9
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sorry--I read the issue as the browser kept hanging--

If you cannot get to any kind of terminal, then there is no way to kill processes, reboot, etc.

If you are working in the GUI and cannot get a terminal there, then try ctrl-alt-F1 (or F2,F3...up to F6) to get a terminal.

To list tasks: "ps -e"

To kill a task: "kill -9 <task ID # as seen in the ps output>
 
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Old 07-08-2012, 02:13 PM   #10
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To list tasks: "ps -e"
To kill a task: "kill -9 <task ID # as seen in the ps output>
these commands can be condensates as
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kill -9 $(pidof application_name)
in your specific case would be
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kill -9 $(pidof firefox-bin)
you can run that in a terminal or, if Backtrack has it, into a command prompt (typically Alt+F2 in Debian-based distro).
 
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:01 AM   #11
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Thanks for your reply

I will try with it too.
 
  


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