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Old 02-18-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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Smile Too many copies of Google Chrome gave me a blue screen?


I am less than eight hours of Linux old. I got help loading PCLinuxOS when me and my brother could not get the copy of Fedora and Red Hat he got from ITT to install. A friend who is a programmer came to help he loaded my present system in no time. After a few hours of kicking the tires I decided to download Google Chrome. That's when I got the first of three blank blue screens. I later discovered that I had two copies of Chrome on my system. You don't double click in linux? Anyway, is that where the blue screens came into my life? Thanks for having a group I hope to count on for years to come.
 
Old 02-19-2011, 07:42 AM   #2
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Regarding double clicking, it depends on your window manager and the default settings in the window manager. You can generally change anything that you want to change. The default settings on some window managers is to single click on a desktop icon or on a menu item or on a task bar icon. Others may default to double clicking on a desktop icon but single clicking on a task bar icon.

Regarding Google Chrome you should be able to have many instances running without problems. This is the type of thing that can work better in one distribution than another. Distribution developers do a lot of work to integrate applications into their custom version of Linux. Sometimes they do a better job on a given application than the developers of other distributions, sometimes they don't do as well as the developers of other distributions. It may not be a Linux issue as much as it is a PCLinuxOS (with whatever window manager you are using) issue. Or you may have misdiagnosed the cause of the problem.

Regarding diagnosing the problem, you are not likely to see a "blue screen of death" in Linux as you would in Windows. A blank blue screen could mean that the window manager got messed up. Is your desktop background set to blue normally?

If my desktop became blank I would press the control key and the alt key and the backspace key simultaneously. That should restart the window manager. That is not intended to be a fix for the problem. It is intended to help determine the cause of the problem. If the window manager restarts and works properly until you open two or more Google Chrome instances then you know where to start looking for the cause of the problem.

That is just the first step in a diagnostic procedure. You should look in the X window error logs to see if there is helpful information about the cause of the problem. I won't get into the exact steps to do that until you are more certain that the X window system is the cause of the problem.

See if you can replicate the problem then try pressing those three keys simultaneously to see if the window manager will restart. Then see if opening two or three or ten instances of Google Chrome reliably replicates the problem. Report your findings here. Also see if opening other applications causes the same problem and report on that as well.

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Old 02-19-2011, 08:06 AM   #3
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I am less than eight hours of Linux old. I got help loading PCLinuxOS when me and my brother could not get the copy of Fedora and Red Hat he got from ITT to install. A friend who is a programmer came to help he loaded my present system in no time. After a few hours of kicking the tires I decided to download Google Chrome. That's when I got the first of three blank blue screens.
You used the package manager, right? You're not really supposed to download things of the software's website in Linux unless you really have to, there's a much better, more controlled way.

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I later discovered that I had two copies of Chrome on my system.
You mean two different versions installer at the same time/in different places?

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You don't double click in linux?
???

Double-click on what?


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Anyway, is that where the blue screens came into my life?
What blue screens? There is no such thing as a BSOD Linux. The Linux equivalent of the BSOD is the "Kernel Panic".
 
Old 02-27-2011, 01:08 PM   #4
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Thumbs up Now running Fedora.

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I am less than eight hours of Linux old. I got help loading PCLinuxOS when me and my brother could not get the copy of Fedora and Red Hat he got from ITT to install. A friend who is a programmer came to help he loaded my present system in no time. After a few hours of kicking the tires I decided to download Google Chrome. That's when I got the first of three blank blue screens. I later discovered that I had two copies of Chrome on my system. You don't double click in linux? Anyway, is that where the blue screens came into my life? Thanks for having a group I hope to count on for years to come.
I am sorry I did not respond to the help posted. My brother and I decided to go back to Fedora and it now works. I think that PCLinuxOS is too sophisticated for my needs or skill level. Thanks for the help guys.
 
Old 02-27-2011, 01:12 PM   #5
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PCLinuxOS with the Gnome window manager would be very similar to Fedora which uses the Gnome desktop by default. I suspect that you had trouble with the window manager, not with PCLinuxOS.
 
  


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