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I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and after a recent software update, I found that my web browsers crash constantly. Firefox stays open for a few seconds and then dies and won't restart. Google Chrome keeps giving me the "Aw, Snap!" screen. Seamonkey and Epiphany run for a while and then crash. After some research, I uninstalled Flash, but that didn't change anything. On a possibly related note, I've been informed of disk errors during boot and prompted to fix them twice in the same two week period. Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Thanks for the response, ultimate linux. That was just what I needed to get Firefox up so I can attempt to determine the cause of the crashes and to make sure the backups of my bookmarks are up-to-date. When I deduce the cause, I'll post it here. Thanks again.
It certainly seems odd that all web browsers would crash on you.
Perhaps try running firefox (with or without a new profile) or epiphany from the terminal. When they crash they will (hopefully) report some error message that may point to a solution for the problem.
I would leave flash uninstalled until you get to the bottom of this.
Is it just certain web sites that cause the browsers to crash? Or is it more random, and happening on any web site?
I first noticed the prblem on facebook, playing mafia wars. Now the problem seems to be universal. Right now, I am running Firefox in safe mode, waiting for it to crash, so I can post the error message. Yesterday, I was looking at the plug-ins page and decided to print it out. The print window opened, but both it and firefox crashed when I clicked Print. The system as a whole has been running a little choppy lately and has run fsck at boot three times in the past two weeks. Thanks again for the input, tommcd. I will be in touch.
The system as a whole has been running a little choppy lately and has run fsck at boot three times in the past two weeks. ...
I installed a RAM upgrade last week. Could this have something to do with the crashes?
So all web browsers crash, and thunderbird and nautilus also crash. The system also has been running "choppy" and it needed to fsck the drive 3 times in 2 weeks.
This is obviously more than just a web browser problem.
I suppose if the memory is bad it could be corrupting data. That may explain what is going on.
Boot up the Ubuntu live CD and run memtest. Let memtest run for at least a few hours and see if it reports errors.
I ran memtest for 2+ hours last night and the new RAM module came up clean. I booted the PC using an Ubuntu 10.04 CD and ran sudo e2fsck -p on the Linux native partition and that came up clean as well. My guess is that some of the libraries and possibly other system files have become corrupted. I'm verifying that my back-ups are current and then I'll go with a fresh install. Thanks again to both of you for your assistance.