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Old 09-02-2002, 09:50 AM   #1
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Question Mozilla / Netscape Freeze or Lock-up


Got my system almost perfect, however there is one nagging annoyance.

Mozilla (9.9.9, 1.0, and now 1.1b) and Netscape 6.2.x freeze or lock up intermittently. I am hoping someone can recommend a method of troubleshooting this problem so that I may continue tracking down a solution.

I have searched Google, Redhat, and Mozilla pages for comments on this type of problem to no avail.

Here are the particulars:

Redhat 7.3, KDE 3.0.0, Athlon 900, Radeon 7500

Mozilla and/or Nescape just freeze.

Sometimes it only lasts a few seconds, sometimes it takes up to 15 minutes or more. Seems to happen halfway through loading new pages, but sometimes it occurs while a pages are fully loaded and I'm scrolling through it.

When it is not "stuck" it works just fine- not other apparent problems.

I can tell it is locked up because the "M" in the corner becomes static.

I have a cable modem and other browsers do not seem to have this problem (even MSIE through wine), so I don't think it is an issue of receiving the web pages.

Seems like a memory, problem, process conflict, or maybe a video thing. But what do I know?

I can resize and minimize the window. Closing it doesn't work.

I either have to kill the process or go get a cup of coffee and hope it fixes itself.

Seems to happen on approximately 20% of the web pages I go to.

I have installed it in /usr/lib and /usr/local and it seems to have no effect on the behavior.

So far as I can tell, I behaves the same on simple pages as well as flash/javascript-type fancy pages.

Thanks in advance for taking the time to consider this problem.

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Old 09-02-2002, 03:17 PM   #2
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I'm not sure why it happens to you, just some ideas:
1) In my case, 1.1alpha sometimes stopped, after some time (~1minute or more) it was back, working. It still happens sometimes with 1.1beta (I've not installed 1.1 yet), but it's rare. Maybe try 1.1 (released a week ago).
2) It may be something with your KDE, maybe upgrade to 3.0.3 (3.0.0 had some stability issues, maybe there's something between your KDE and Mozilla).
 
Old 09-02-2002, 09:01 PM   #3
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Talking looks like the problem was in KDE

Thanks for the suggestion. I booted into gnome and mozilla is rock solid. Is there something specific in the new KDE that might address this problem?
Thanks Again,
CNM
 
Old 09-03-2002, 01:29 PM   #4
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KDE 3.0.0 has many stability problems. Just upgrade to 3.0.3
 
Old 09-23-2002, 11:11 PM   #5
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3.0.3 Does not seem to help.
Mozilla (1.1 now still locks up and is unuseable.
Thanks CNM
 
Old 10-01-2002, 08:33 PM   #6
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Here's the answer:
aRts and Flash both expect exclusive access to /dev/dsp and they both "lock" it up. So Basicaly you cannot run aRts and look at flash-laden web pages at the same time. The error is listed in Mozilla Bugzilla, but basically the Mozilla people say the problem is an aRts issue and the aRts people say it is a Flash issue. Flash people probably don't care since they don't make any money off of Linux end users.


If Mozilla locks up, just turn aRts off, at Control Center>Sound>Sound Server . I have gotten use to not having dings and plinks Just have to confiure XMMS to use OSS.

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