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Old 03-14-2019, 10:45 PM   #1
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Linux 18.x problems. . .

I made a couple of mistakes. . .upgraded on my computer from 16 to 18, and my laptop
went to pot. ..

Lockups.. . Extremely high usage of the processor, which keeps the cooling fan on 24/7. Even
when sitting idle.

I ended up having to reload my entire computer back to 16, losing everything.

So, I pulled up my VMWare and created a virtual disk for Linux 18. . .
Exact same thing was happening when I fired it up. . .

Is it me?

Am I the only one that is having lockups, extremely high usage of the processor, that
heats up my laptop?

I have 16gig of RAM, 2TB of disk, fairly fast processor speed. Three years ago, I bought
this as the top of the line laptop.

It is a toshiba, with an intel chip. It says 'CORE 17".

I know better to upgrade, because I know it will crash my entire system again.

Any thoughts on this?

Running Ubuntu

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Old 03-15-2019, 08:30 AM   #2
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Location: Murfreesboro TN (United States)
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I have two machines running Ubuntu and have been though upgrades from 11.04 to 12.04 to ... to 18.04. I have frequently encountered problems after the upgrade, most frequently, because support for my previous video driver was dropped and the new one chosen by the installer didn't work very well on my machine. I have found that an unsuitable video driver can cause crashes, slow machine response, or even failure to boot to anything but a blank screen.

Another possibility: the default desktop environment (selectable at log on) changed from 16.04 to 18.04. If you haven't tried one of the other alternatives, you might try that.

To help debug these sorts of problems, something I have started doing is keeping a record of all installed software before and after the upgrade. I run

apt list --installed > FILENAME.txt
This at least allows you to compare the old and new installations (in my case, drivers) and figure out what might have happened.

I have also found it useful to browse the logs found in /var/log for hints of what happened after a software failure. You might have to boot into Grub recovery mode to look at these files if the machine is crashing during or after log on.
Old 03-15-2019, 05:55 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by DrDwayne View Post
So, I pulled up my VMWare and created a virtual disk for Linux 18. . .
Exact same thing was happening when I fired it up. . .It is a toshiba, with an intel chip. It says 'CORE 17".
You mentioned "18.x".
Which can have one speculate you tried the Beta 18.10 Cuttlefish, does this happen with 18.04 LTS?
When running in a VMware virtual environment, most all hardware is virtual, the only things that may be the same as a hardware install would be the processors and chipset, so this narrows things down to two possible hardware items that may be clashing with the version of Ubuntu you tried.
It may help if you specify the exact model of Toshiba?
And when this is happening, you can run command: top which may give insight into what's causing heavy resource consumption, post the outputs, be informative.


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