Re: UI Freezes in gnome shell, usually when playing video ?

Hi Stuart,

Your computer problems remind me of my own from years ago, I had such
stablity problems with large stuff like movies, compiling stuff and
other longer term applications.

In the end it came down to having a bad memory stick, it was not bad
enough to get obvious noticed during normal use, but when doing the big
stuff (using lot of memory) it became noticable.

I suggest, even if it was to make sure that there is no problem with
that, to fire up your PC with a CD containing memtest86, it's a slow
and long process, but it needs to be done only once.
If you get errors from that, you need to replace your RAM.

As for GDM, in my experience it's rather unstable throughout time, I
rather use KDM for that.

My current distro is Mageia, I started way back with Mandrake and later
Mandriva up until the dreaded 2011 distro and stupid management drove
me to the wonderful community driven Mageia which has the most talented
people from the Mandrake/Mandriva era.

As for Gnome-Shell, I wasn't too impressed at first, being used to the
2 series of Gnome, but since I made my own extension and during time,
the last versions grew on me and I start to like it.
I like gnome for it's minimalism and more important for it's VFS, it
does not distract me from my real jobs like other desktop environments


//\  Regards, Groeten,
V_/_ Bas Burger.

On Sun, 16 Mar 2014 13:37:28 -0700 (PDT)
Stuart Axon <stuaxo2 yahoo com> wrote:

The error dialogs DO bother me ... I have no idea what they meant ...
and the same ones happen on an install of ubuntu on a VM that is
only  a couple months old, as the laptop.

I love gnome, on the other hand I have a funny urge to make a
timeline of all the features that were added and removed from
nautilus over the years, but I think there is enough bashing of gnome
from all quarters.

As soon as I get time I'll try some of the suggested live cds .. it's
just... really boring configuring things all the time, then redoing
it again.      Meh, I don't like people moaning on the net and here I
am ... if I find a distro that works I'll collate all the rants.

I even got as far as trying to use jhbuild... but differet versions
of ubuntu seemed to fail because of missing .pc files. .. etc
etc...   really getting to the point where it's getting hard to care.


On Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:23 PM, Bazon Bloch <bazonbloch arcor de>
No such problems on arch.
One of the reasons I moved away from ubuntu was the bad Gnome-Shell
integration (only using heavy patched Gnome-Software), I can imagine
is it still as bad.

2014-03-16 20:53 GMT+01:00 Adam Tauno Williams
<awilliam whitemice org>:

On Sun, 2014-03-16 at 10:43 -0700, Stuart Axon wrote:
I'm not convinced this is purely an ubuntu thing, I'd be willling
to try a different one if there is a live cd with gnome shell I
will test it on that too.
I'll try upgrading to 14.04 and see what happens too

[Please ignore this slight rant:]
I think I'm coming to the end of my patience with Ubuntu -

Good, I hope MANY people loose patience with Ubuntu.  Ubuntu has
done more damage to the idea of an Open desktop than all the
Internet trolls combined.

My experience is thus:
Turn on computer
Login with GDM
Close about 8 "a system problem occurred" dialogues (not sure if
that is the actual text).

And *THIS* does not bother you?  I see ZERO "a system problem
occurred" dialogs.  Perhaps you could address the problem these are
reporting? Seeing errors upon login is already a rather bad sign.

Now, from there - gnome shell is good, I like it (I don't mind
other people can't use my computer (they're learning though).
Then, often I try and play an FLV video (in a
player/browser/doesn't matter) - after about 2 minutes it will do
the freezing thing, which I can battle past and fix - funnily
only for long videos, music is usually OK.

There is something unique to your setup occurring here, I have
watched hours of video while running GNOME Shell.

When the computer wakes up from hibernate the fans sometimes go
full blast I have to turn off the computer unplug it and take the
batteries out, sometimes after that they are still FULL(!) - so I
do it again and it behaves.

Can you view the computer's reported temperatures?

I've been on gnome since before 1.0 and Ubuntu since Dapper, it is
such a pain I might just get a mac, which is a shame as really
think libre software is important and am adamantly cross platform
in the code I care about.

Your experience is not normal.

Adam Tauno Williams <mailto:awilliam whitemice org> GPG D95ED383
Systems Administrator, Python Developer, LPI / NCLA

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