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Old 06-21-2017, 07:55 PM   #1
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Linux Mint 18 'Crashes' When Screensavers Are Interrupted


2017-06-21

Linux Mint 18 frequently 'crashes' when I try to interrupt screensavers from the keyboard or mouse. The system may eventually recover after many hours. Any help from this forum will be much appreciated.

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Old 06-21-2017, 10:31 PM   #2
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Can you confirm that you're talking about Linux Mint 18 and not Linux Mint 18.1.

Also, which desktop environment are you using?
 
Old 06-21-2017, 10:57 PM   #3
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Do you have any other video problems?
 
Old 06-22-2017, 12:03 AM   #4
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Hi, Everyone,

My machine is about 5 years old. I've been using it for about 8 months. It came with Linux Mint pre-installed by the seller. It is based on a Jetway mini-motherboard. I use the XFCE terminal environment. I haven't detected other video problems yet.

How can I find out for sure if my Linux Mint is version 18 or 18.1. Thanks very much.

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Old 06-22-2017, 03:22 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by julianvb View Post
How can I find out for sure if my Linux Mint is version 18 or 18.1.
Code:
inxi -S
(if you're interested in more complete info on your system, inxi -F).
 
Old 06-22-2017, 05:57 AM   #6
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Will need the Video Card and driver info also, so how about
Code:
inxi -Fszr -c0 | nc termbin.com 9999
from the/a terminal and toss us the short link please?

Thank you!

Last edited by Habitual; 06-22-2017 at 06:00 AM. Reason: Odorless and colorless inxi > inxi -Fszr -c0
 
Old 06-22-2017, 09:18 AM   #7
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Hi, hydrurga and Habitual,
Many thanks.

Code:
 inxi -S
outputs the following information:
System: Host:nim4 kernel: 4.4.0-21-generic i686 (32-bit)
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3
Distro: Linux Mint 18 Sarah

I've also run the following powerful code to send my inxi data to Habitual:
Code:
 inxi -FSzr -c0 | nc termbin.com 9999
Julianvb

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Old 06-23-2017, 11:59 PM   #8
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I am temporarily solving the problem by running 'killall xscreensaver' after I boot up Linux. I wish I could make Linux perform this command automatically at startup.

In other words, how can I execute a script with the above command automatically at startup? I find that crontab is not a simple tool to accomplish this task due to my unfamiliarity with it.

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Old 06-24-2017, 07:24 AM   #9
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Go to the Xfce menu and look for screens or screensaver applet?
If it is an LCD you could just "blank it" and lose the screensaver altogether (xscreensaver, I believe)
 
Old 06-24-2017, 06:09 PM   #10
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The next time this happens, take a look at the log files in /var/log, particularly syslog and mintsystem.log; you may find some hints of why Mint is crashing.

You can use the tail command to make searching the logs for the most recent entries easier.
 
Old 06-24-2017, 06:13 PM   #11
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Menu > Log File Viewer
 
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Old 06-24-2017, 06:28 PM   #12
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Oh, my, what will they think of next?
 
Old 06-25-2017, 04:43 PM   #13
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Oh, my, what will they think of next?
All they need do, is be aware while using Linux.
https://xkcd.com/627/
 
Old 06-25-2017, 06:31 PM   #14
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Thanks for the chuckle.
 
Old 07-17-2017, 12:56 PM   #15
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Hi, Everyone,

I've looked into most of the log files and found no clues. I am inclined to believe that this may very likely be an Xscreensaver interrupt bug. Thanks very much again.

Julianvb
 
  


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