freecell crashes my ubuntu netbook

Asked by Jim Walsh 3 on 2009-04-05

I run ubuntu on my Eee PC netbook. Often (but not always) dragging a card in freecell crashes my system. I have to use the on/off button to turn my computer off, and reboot. I have the latest versions of ubuntu and gnome. I have the same set up on my desktop, but freecell does not ever crash my desktop system.

PS. I went to /var/crash but it was empty.

PPS I googled around and saw several bug reports involving freecell crashes going back to 2006. Virtually all were dodged (gnome guys saying it was a game issue, game guys saying it was an X-window issue, etc.),

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Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #1

Is it anywhere in /var/log/messages?

Run this command:
grep "freecell" /var/log/messages

Also, is there anything that you know of (since you mention it) that is a pattern in the freecell crashes? Same PCs, video cards, anything?

Do any other applications crash your system?

Jim Walsh 3 (jimwalsh3) said : #2

> Craig Huffstetler requested for more information:
> Is it anywhere in /var/log/messages?
>
> Run this command:
> grep "freecell" /var/log/messages

Silence is golden. No response at all. No error message, nothing.

> Also, is there anything that you know of (since you mention it) that is
> a pattern in the freecell crashes? Same PCs, video cards, anything?

To me PC means a micro$oft computer. I don't have one.

The crashes occur on my Eee PC. "Eee PC" is the brand name of an Asus (manufacturer name) netbook (small laptop).

> Do any other applications crash your system?

No.

Jim Walsh 3 (jimwalsh3) said : #3

On Sun, Apr 5, 2009 at 1:29 PM, Craig Huffstetler
<email address hidden> wrote:
> Your question #66514 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.edge.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/66514
>
>    Status: Open => Needs information
>
> Craig Huffstetler requested for more information:
> Is it anywhere in /var/log/messages?
>
> Run this command:
> grep "freecell" /var/log/messages

Silence is golden. No response at all. No error message, nothing.

>
> Also, is there anything that you know of (since you mention it) that is
> a pattern in the freecell crashes? Same PCs, video cards, anything?

To me PC means a micro$oft computer. I don't have one.

The crashes occur on my Eee PC. "Eee PC" is the brand name of an Asus
(manufacturer name) netbook (small laptop).

>
> Do any other applications crash your system?

No.
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Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #4

This question was expired because it remained in the 'Open' state without activity for the last 15 days.

Jim Walsh 3 (jimwalsh3) said : #5

What??

The problem is not solved. Why should a question expire prior to a solution?

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #6

Freecell automatically expires questions, that have no activity, after 15 days. It does the same for bugs after 60 days.

The last thing I can thing of having you do is open a bug against freecell.

Jim Walsh 3 (jimwalsh3) said : #7

Well, let's see.

Often when dragging a card in freecell, my operating system crashes. As noted, it leaves no crash record.

Does that sound like "a question" that has been resolved? Or does it sound like a bug?

Craig Huffstetler (xq) said : #8

What version of Ubuntu are you running? You could always try upgrading to the latest version and see if that resolves your problem. Ubuntu will be releasing Ubuntu Netbook Remix Final for Jaunty in 2 - 3 days on the main site. It's release candidate is already out.

It sounds like a bug in Ubuntu itself (or freecell) that is causing a kernel panic/crash. That is why I suggested a bug report.

The best thing to get more attention to this question is to re-open it. This will put it on the main page (if you still wish to leave it in the form of a question).

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