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tron_thomas 01-12-2008 02:36 PM

Thunderbird becomes unresponsive on Fedora 8
I use the Thunderbird e-mail client on Fedora 8 running on an Intel Core2 Duo system. Throughout the day, Thunderbird will frequently become unresponsive and I have to wait for an extended period of time before I can use it again.

What could be done that will prevent Thunderbird from locking up like this?

thedonkdonk 01-13-2008 07:07 AM

I have problems like that when i am using imap. the imap server is unresponsive and it seems to lock up the client. check to see if thats you issue. I bet you are getting a mail server host timeout and not seeing the error dialog box.

deepumnit 01-13-2008 07:07 AM

Is it the problem only with ThunderBird? Try disabling the Desktop effects and see.

tron_thomas 01-13-2008 11:36 AM

I am not using imap. I don't know if there would be a similar problem with POP.
I certainly do not see any error dialogs. Often when this problem happens, Thunderbird is the only application running. I will be away from the computer doing something else, and when I come back to my system to check the mail, Thunderbird will be in its unresponsive state. I would think Thunderbird would be able to display an error messages it wanted to and no other application are on the screen.

I can try disabling desktop effects, and see what happens. There have been times when other applications are running at the same time Thunderbird becomes unresponsive and they are not affected. I can launch new applications when Thunderbird is in this state and they work fine as well. Also, killing Thunderbird and restarting it will make responsive again. I don't often kill Thunderbird as I know that if I wait long enough I can use it again, and e-mail is usually never such an urgent thing that I need to use it right away.

tron_thomas 01-20-2008 04:01 PM

I disabled the GL Desktop effects and I have not seen any problem with Thunderbird locking up, so I think there is a relationship there.

I don't know why it is that Thunderbird is seems to be the only application that has this problem.

deepumnit 01-21-2008 12:53 AM

No man, the thing is about your RAM. Have you seen how much RAM space Thunderbird takes? Firefox itself takes around 75-80 MB, that's pretty much. And if you are on a lower RAM, it may be a problem, because your GL Desktop effects takes pretty much too!

tron_thomas 01-21-2008 11:34 AM

My system has 2 Gigabytes of RAM. How much RAM should a system have if someone expect to run Thunderbird with GL Desktop?

deepumnit 01-22-2008 07:05 AM

Actually, I have a, somewhat, similar problem. I cannot play videos in fullscreen mode along with the desktop effects. But if I disable them, they all work fine. I had started a thread regarding this issue. I think a graphics card makes a lot of difference.

tron_thomas 01-22-2008 11:38 AM

My system is fairly new. It is less than a year old. I got a 256 Megabyte nVidia graphics card. I would think that card should be able to handle the GL Desktop effects without having problems.

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