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Old 05-27-2009, 05:51 PM   #1
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Computer freezing when downloading software packages


My computer is freezing up when trying to download software packages. It will get about 3/4 of the way finished and just lock up. I am running UbuntuStudio. Any ideas will help out. Thanks in advance.
 
Old 05-27-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Several thoughts.....

* do you have enough physical disk space to store whatever you're downloading
* is your connection configured to time out after "X" minutes, but the download takes longer than "X"
* when you say "lock up", do mean that the machine will completely freeze (ie, require a reboot) or just that the data transfer rate goes to zero

Out of curiosity, what are you trying to download?

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Old 05-28-2009, 07:07 AM   #3
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I have a 320 GB hard drive, so yes there is enough disk space. It's not the connection that stops, the computer will freeze and be unresponsive, requiring a hard reboot. I am trying to download some software packages for UbuntuStudio, for example, acroreader, openoffice, rhythmbox, etc. No it is telling me that i need to run sudo dpkg --configure -a I do that and it just sits saying that it is doing it, but I left it running for quite awhile and it would freeze as well. I have 2.25 GB of RAM and a Pentium 4 processor.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 12:31 PM   #4
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Let me rephrase -- do you have enough available space in the target partition that you are downloading into. To illustrate, if you are downloading into your /home partition, and you've allocated 500Mg of space for /home but 450Mg is being used, then you'd only have room for another 50Mg of data. How have you partitioned your drive?

Another thought is that perhaps your PC is overheating, which can be a common cause for sudden, random lockups. Can you monitor your system temperatures
 
Old 05-28-2009, 12:37 PM   #5
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I cannot monitor the temp for the computer. As for space, there should be more than enough. All that is on the 320 GB hd is the Ubuntu studio, no other os or data.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 12:42 PM   #6
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If you look at the lm_sensors package you should be able to monitor your temps.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 12:48 PM   #7
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As for space, there should be more than enough
Depends how you partitioned.
What is the output from
Code:
df -h
Any pointers in the logfiles ?
 
Old 05-28-2009, 01:28 PM   #8
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I'm not familiar with everything in Ubuntu, but it seems like one thing to do would be to run the download commands manually. If it tells you that it's using wget to download from
http:// www. thisplace. com/ pub/ thisfile.tar.gz (or whatever). Then change directory into the place where the program would store the file, and run wget yourself. That way, you get any error messages directly from the program itself (if there are any).

Also, is it possible to lock the entire system bad enough to require a hard reboot because it ran out of disk space in a partition? (not rude or sarcastic, I've never seen it before)

Last edited by nuwen52; 05-28-2009 at 01:30 PM.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 03:20 PM   #9
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it is telling me that i need to run sudo dpkg --configure -a I do this and it justs sits there as well, until I finally do a hard boot to get the machine to respond again. I'm not opposed to doing a clean install, since I am just getting it going and have no data to lose. I'd like to know a fix to this issue though, should it happen again.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 03:49 PM   #10
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Also, is it possible to lock the entire system bad enough to require a hard reboot because it ran out of disk space in a partition? (not rude or sarcastic, I've never seen it before)
Its not, one time I ran my root partition out of space with a runaway log file, all my computer did was complain about how it couldn't open new files, didn't even slow down. (Well deleting a 50GB /var/log/messages kinda caused a performance hit, but nothing else )

The only partition that you could fill up that might cause a system lock-up would be your swap partition, but kmcneely said there is over 2GB of RAM, so I don't think that's the issue, at least on a clean install.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 08:07 PM   #11
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It depends on the file system and how it is set up. By default most distros(ext FS) reserve 5% of the partition to prevent this from happening.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 09:21 PM   #12
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Kevin

I was running Ubuntu Studio, and I also had the same or a similar problem. I finally got
aggravated at Studio and wiped the disc and just installed Ubuntu 8.1. I remember something
from the error message about a parse error in dpkg or something like that.

My problem was the Synaptic Package Manager would get "broken" and I was unable to resolve the
issue without doing a re-install. Im currently downloading the latest version (9.04) with
hopes that it will have the bug fixed.

Sorry this isnt the answer you were looking for, but I think we have similar problems.

Vanessa
 
Old 05-28-2009, 10:08 PM   #13
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Random lockups when doing mundane tasks (and assuming that you use a stock kernel and no experimental patchsets) are 99% of the times due to hardware problems of any kind.

The remaining 1% you could say that "...a wizard did it"

So, I'd start monitoring your temperature as someone already suggested. You can also pick any random linux livecd, and use the memtest option on the boot menu (most provide it), to check your ram sticks.
 
Old 05-28-2009, 10:31 PM   #14
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vansch76, that is the same problem I am having. It is telling me to do a sudo dpkg --configure-a. It is hung on adding extension for openoffice.org. I am trying to use the latest release of UbuntuStudio. It apparently wasn't figured out yet. Oh well, maybe I'll just go to regular ubuntu and try it that way.
 
Old 06-17-2009, 09:27 AM   #15
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Well, I tried it again. This time on a HP laptop. Same issue, same place, same package. UbuntuStudio apparently does NOT like Open Office for some reason. I don't get it. Three different machines and the exact same problem, I don't think it's hardware.
 
  


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