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I have filed/followed bug reports on this at the linux mint site -- any one here have any suggestions?Running cinnamon 64 bit and occaisionally the system will freeze up requiring a hard reset-- core 2 duo 3 Ghz with 8 Gigs of ram using onboard graphics -- from the bug reports I have read it occurs across a wide spectrum of hardware and while Nvidia users seem to see it most often it is not an Nvidia only -- bug backports report buntu and it's dirivitives see it too -- frustrating as I really like Mint other wise
the freezes are completely random and do not seem to be hardware related.I believe it to be a problem with the "trusty" base as I have read reports of similar freezes for buntu users using both gnome and unity.I have seen them while using firefox,chrome and just playing aisle riot.Once the freeze occurs both mouse and keyboard do not respond.I have seen the same freeze on my old P4 rig too.Mint acknowledges the bug but as yet it has been unassigned -- hopefully they will squash it shortly but I thought perhaps someone here had figured it out by now.
I've been using Mint 17 since it came out, and I recently installed a fresh 17.1 (Cinnamon). I don't like Gnome in general (I prefer Xfce or Fluxbox), but I tried Cinnamon for a few days out of curiosity. It bogged down on me a few times, which means it froze for up to a full minute or so without actually crashing. I have a 3.5GHz quad-core CPU with 16GB RAM and a modest but solid Nvidia card, and I'd say that Cinnamon is a bit buggy.
If I were the OP, I'd install Xfce or even KDE and see what happens. It's quite trivial to keep more than one DE/WM on a distro, and it often allows you to determine if a problem is hardware- or software-related.
well for what it is worth Mint pushed quite a few updates on the 13th and "knock on wood" no freezes since.I was going to switch to Xfce when it ofiicially came out for 17.1 but these last two days have been nice... if they finally squashed this bug I think I will stick with cinnamon for a while