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Old 08-19-2009, 01:49 AM   #1
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Ubuntu loses video when clicking firefox links (randomly)


I'm not exactly sure how to even describe this since I can't seem to get it to repeat consistently.

I can be working along just fine in Ubuntu (Hardy Heron, I think this one is), and then click a link in firefox and the whole screen goes black and the monitor tells me there's no signal.

The computer is still running in the background (lost it with a flash game up one time and I could still click around and hear the effects of the game).

The link isn't the same any given time. It can be any link to anywhere.

Any idea what could be causing this, or where to look for errors that might have been caught? I have to hard boot it every time this happens.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 07:18 AM   #2
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This sounds like a hardware issue. If the x-server crashed, you should be left with a command prompt. No signal means just that, the system isn't generating a video signal to the monitor.

Is this the laptop describe in the lines at the bottom of the post? If you can dual boot, does it ever fail with the other OS running? If you are not dual boot, see if you can get a live CD and run it for a while. If it is a hardware problem, then it should fail with any OS loaded.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 11:10 AM   #3
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This sounds like a hardware issue. If the x-server crashed, you should be left with a command prompt. No signal means just that, the system isn't generating a video signal to the monitor.

Is this the laptop describe in the lines at the bottom of the post? If you can dual boot, does it ever fail with the other OS running? If you are not dual boot, see if you can get a live CD and run it for a while. If it is a hardware problem, then it should fail with any OS loaded.
Naw, I need to update my signature. It's my wife's computer that's acting up. She runs ubuntu anyway, so I'll try and get her to run it from the live cd for a bit and see if that's any different (other than annoying her by it being slower ).
 
Old 08-19-2009, 11:39 AM   #4
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sounds like a flash problem. try to disable flash and go through various sites that previously crashed. if it runs (obviously without flash running) then I'm guessing flash is causing a crash in the video drivers. The fix for that is either new video drivers or try getting flash updated/installed properly.
 
Old 08-19-2009, 12:45 PM   #5
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sounds like a flash problem. try to disable flash and go through various sites that previously crashed. if it runs (obviously without flash running) then I'm guessing flash is causing a crash in the video drivers. The fix for that is either new video drivers or try getting flash updated/installed properly.
I'll give it a try over the next couple days and let you know how it goes.
 
Old 08-20-2009, 06:57 PM   #6
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Just in case someone else runs across this thread, it seems to be that the problem was updating firefox but not restarting it!

The wife had let firefox update normally, but then never restarted it ... instead, shutting down ubuntu with firefox still running (which apparently does /not/ count as a restart, probably because it gets killed).

So it got in a weird state and just killed her video now and again.

It's been good for three days since we restarted firefox. Silly little problem.
 
  


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