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Old 04-26-2010, 01:36 AM   #1
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ubuntu desktop problem


hi i am working on a ubuntu desktop the problem i am facing is that my desktop just freezes i cant do anything all my work if i have not saved get lost as i have to restart my computer. i remotely logged into my system from another and tried to figure out the cause
the top command shows that the processor utilisation is 0.8
there is about 45mb of free memory available checked using free -m

but i cant figure out the cause all my work get lost if anyone has solution would be great without asking me to format
 
Old 04-26-2010, 01:42 AM   #2
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hold ctrl + alt then hit any key from f2 to f7.
You should see a login prompt.
Second, unless you really and truly need it, I'd disable remote login.

Run the top command from here with the -U flag and enter your regular user name in that field.
Look at the process values.
Ctrl + C
Use kill to end the processes which are not relevant to your work.

Later on, go through dmesg and syslog to see what was crashing.

Last edited by Mr-Bisquit; 04-26-2010 at 01:49 AM.
 
Old 04-26-2010, 01:48 AM   #3
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i forgot to mention that none of the terminal get accessed. ctrl+alt f1 to f7 none . its as though the machine is stuck
absolutely nothing can be done i remotely login using ssh so i think thats no harm
 
Old 04-26-2010, 01:52 AM   #4
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Ok.
Try the solution I gave you.
 
Old 04-27-2010, 04:10 AM   #5
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i tried wht your said but could'nt figure out what he problem is processor load seems ok. sometimes it touches 1 though
 
Old 04-27-2010, 01:52 PM   #6
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Kill the processes that you can.
If you are running a few applications, decide which one you can lose. If it's a browser such as firefox, then you can recover the session later.
 
  


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