[arch-general] Gnome Shell freezes

Roman V.Leon. roman-vl at meta.ua
Thu Nov 3 06:38:33 EDT 2011

> Dear arch users and developers,
> I have posted this issue also in the archlinux forum [1]. I didn't get
> much feedback there. So I'm hoping some people here might have an idea
> of how to resolve the problem.
> Problem:
> gnome shell freezes from time to time (actually daily).
> Freezing:
> "Freezing" means, the screen becomes unresponsive but everything seems
> to continue working (sound and videos continue playing; even the mouse
> pointer can still be moved). Most of the time I'm able to switch to a
> virtual console although sometimes it takes 10-20 seconds after
> CTRL+ALT+F1 to show up. Then, however, everything is running smoothly.
> It's not possible to restart X since it will freeze again at the gdm
> login screen, or even without using gdm when loading the desktop.
> What triggers the problem:
> Usually it happens while scrolling on websites or pdfs. I feel like it
> happens more often if there are large images.
> Hardware:
> IBM T60
> ATI X1400
> I think it's an issue with the open source radeon drivers. However, this
> problem doesn't occur using other desktop environments. I tried to look
> into some log files but I couldn't find noticeable error messages.
> Looking forward to your suggestions,
> Max
> [1] https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=129481

Hi Max. Try to use system diagnostics tools like `vmstat 2`(2 is a
timeout) for example, probably you will find the key to resolve you
problem. By the way did you fill /etc/hosts with your PC's hostname ?

Roman V.Leon.

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