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You might want to start firefox or any othe app. that is crashing from the command line, and see what the error message is after a crash. I have had problems on firefox when I open too many tabs, but I think it has to do with the older computer I am using.(reminds self to check up on this)
You might try checking your color depth. If it is 16 instead of 24, it has been known to crash using media players especially flash. To check, open a terminal and type sudo nano /etc/X11/xorg.conf <enter> type in pwd then down arrow to a spot where you see the default color depth. arrow right to change to 24 then <ctl>X and save.
Last edited by bluesman2333; 12-22-2006 at 10:56 AM.
Install lm-sensors and the add the sensors applet to the applet bar. You can monitor things like CPU temperature and fan speed to see if the problem is there. An application crash shouldn't take down the Linux kernel. I have occasional Firefox crashes which never require a restart.