[arch-general] Gnome Shell freezes
caseyjp1 at gmail.com
Fri Nov 4 16:33:56 EDT 2011
On Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 1:51 PM, Magnus Therning <magnus at therning.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 03, 2011 at 12:08:31PM +0200, Max wrote:
> > Dear arch users and developers,
> > I have posted this issue also in the archlinux forum . 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.
> This happens to me fairly rarely, but still often enough to be
> For me it has only ever happened when I use the logo key to jump into
> the Activities Overview and start typing to search for an application.
> The only way out of it seems to be to jump out to a console and kill
> gnome-session or restart gdm.
> I'll add a "ditto" to the logo key type to search apps freeze.
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