Bug 467626 - System freeze in GNOME Fedora 9 [NEEDINFO]
System freeze in GNOME Fedora 9
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: gnome-desktop (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Ray Strode [halfline]
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2008-10-19 12:20 EDT by Martin
Modified: 2009-07-14 10:38 EDT (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2009-07-14 10:38:08 EDT
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Description Martin 2008-10-19 12:20:48 EDT
Description of problem:
A freeze occurs unpredictably when manipulating a window using keyboard or mouse (fx. maximize, scroll down). Almost exclusively happens when using Firefox, but also seen with emacs.

When the freeze occurs, behavior is as follows:

1) mouse can be moved sluggishly
2) no keyboard input is accepted
3) processes seems to continue running, albeit sluggishly, i.e. music being played is chopped into pieces.
4) frenzied but seemingly periodic hard-disk activity

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:
The following procedure provokes the fault rapidly and with certainty:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Start Firefox
2. Grab the firefox window at the top bar with the mouse
3. Quickly move the window around
4. The freeze occurs within seconds.
Actual results:

Expected results:

Additional info:

uname -a:
Linux x1-6-00-1d-60-77-e0-a1 #1 SMP Sat Sep 20 03:45:00 EDT 2008 i686 athlon i386 GNU/Linux

Gnome version: 2.22.3
Firefox version 3.0.2
Comment 1 Ray Strode [halfline] 2008-10-20 12:19:13 EDT
What kind of video card?

What websites are you at when it happens?

If you go to a terminal (with ctrl-alt-f2), login, and type "top",

what shows up at the top of the list and what percentage cpu is it using?
Comment 2 Martin 2008-10-20 15:46:38 EDT
The videocard is the onboard videocard on the MB:

Asus M2A-VM

The fault occurs irrespective of what kinds of sites I visit, and as I said, not necessarily whilst using Firefox, though that is the most sure way to get the freeze.

I cannot go to a terminal when the fault occurs. The system does not respond to key-strokes nor mouse-clicks. I can only move the mouse around rather sluggishly. I have to press the reset button on the PC and start it afresh to get rid of the fault.
Comment 3 Cosmin 2008-11-08 12:31:13 EST
I encounter the same problem. My hardware is a Dell Inspiron 6400 laptop with following configuration: 

- Intel Core Duo T2400 / 5 Mb Cache / 1.83 GHz / 667 MHZ FSB
- 15.4" Wide-screen XGA Display with Truelife
- 120 Gb 5400 rpm Sata Hard Drive
- 1 Gb DDR2 SDRAM / 553 MHZ
- 256 Mb ATI Mobility Radeon X1400 Hyper memory

Additional informations:

Gnome 2.22.3

The freeze appears randomly when I use Firefox but also with other applications. I suspect the X server or the ATI driver which could freeze the entire system. The machine can be restored from that state only using the power off button.
Comment 4 Shiki 2008-12-14 01:24:15 EST
Same happens here. ON Fedora 9 AND 10. Tried both. Both arch (i386 / x86-64).

The system just becomes totally unusuable, even trying to switch into a 'tty' fails. By the way, the shutdown dialog comes in if I press the shutdown button (gnome shutdown dialog).

System information:
- MSI P6N SLi v2 (NVidia 650i SLi chipset)
- 2x1024 mb @4-4-4-12 GEIL DDr2 800 memory
- MSI NX8600GTS 256mb VGA (+RPMfusion "kmod-nvidia")
- Intel Core2Quad q6600 @ 1.6/2.4ghz (ondemand)

Software is up-to-date (I did a full upgrade on yesterday Dec 14. Btw the freezes occured even before the updates..and on FC9 too).

I was using Banshee, pidgin, and started a terminal. I didn't boot up my system since the freeze, so please tell me what logs should I attach.
Comment 5 Shiki 2008-12-14 01:26:36 EST
One thing that I forgot. Once I used gnome-system-monitor tray applet when such freeze occured. As I saw, the "system" load was the one at fault. (It reached 100% , and the "main load" was still around 50%.. and then the sys freeze. (The main 50% load was because of me , since I was copying something with Filezilla..but besides that..))
Comment 6 lukapple 2009-01-17 12:18:05 EST
I had exactly the same problem. I use Fedora 9 ( This is the first time that I use GNU/Linux. I really like to use the linux system, but it's so annoying to have this problem! It happens randomly. 

I don't use Firefox, but Opera. But the bug occurs as well, even when I opened just a terminal or a file window. When it happens, I just have to to use the power button to force to shut off the system.

My computer is a Compaq nx6130 laptop. 
Other system information:
 - Intel Corporation:Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (Driver:intel-agp)
 - ATI Technologies Inc: M22 [Mobility Radeon X300] (Driver: radeonfb)
 - Intel Corporation:	PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection (Driver: ipw2200)
 - Broadcom Corporation: NetXtreme BCM5705M_2 Gigabit Ethernet (Driver: tg3)
Comment 7 lukapple 2009-02-08 18:32:11 EST
I have disabled the compiz fusion, and this doesn't reproduce any more.
I've also tried to enable the compiz fusion in xfce desktop, it happens randomly again. It seems to be the bug of compiz fusion.
Comment 8 François Cami 2009-02-18 19:56:11 EST

Could you add your dmesg output ; /var/log/Xorg.0.log ; /var/log/messages after a similar freeze to that bug, as uncompressed plain text attachments ?

Comment 9 Bug Zapper 2009-06-09 23:01:21 EDT
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Comment 10 Bug Zapper 2009-07-14 10:38:08 EDT
Fedora 9 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2009-07-10. Fedora 9 is 
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