Ubuntu 12.10 freezing

Asked by Marian Fletcher on 2012-12-10

Since updating Ubuntu from 10.? to 12.10 I have had a problem with the system freezing. The screen goes grey and the software that I am running becomes unresponsive....sometimes so unresponsive that I switch off. I am not sure if this has anything to do with Firefox as I usually have firefox and my gmail/yahoo accounts open at the same time. The 10.? version only froze on odd occasions when I had Open Office open.

My laptop is an Acer 4310, 512MB DDR2 and 80 GB HDD if this is relevant. It has been a very robust laptop to date. I run Virgin Mobile Braodband from a usb stick and initially I had a problem with the system wanting to connect to wired networks and wireless networks I don't have access to but having deleted these networks I seem to have solved this problem.

I did get a strange message with the update manager that it was doing only a partial update...but that was about2 weeks ago and since then the update manager has not repeated this message...simply updated the system.

I want to say that Ubuntu is a fantastic system and the new system has a great look and feel so I would really like to solve this problem which is a bit rritating.

If you could advise me, I would be very grateful


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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Unfortunately you have small amount of RAM.

Maybe you can try Lubuntu or Xubuntu 12.10 (or 12.04) .

Grab the Lubuntu 12.10 iso from here => http://lubuntu.net/taxonomy/term/226

or Xubuntu 12.10 from here => http://xubuntu.org/news/12-10-release/

Alliteratively you can try LTS releases (Long Term Support) ,

Xubuntu 12.04 LTS (supported for 3 years) => http://xubuntu.org/news/12-04-release/

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Unity environment, supported for 5 years) => http://releases.ubuntu.com/precise/

Preference of 32 bit architecture.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has Unity-2d (ubuntu-2d) environment pre-installed , is lighter and faster and you can use it by choosing it from login screen. See the pictures below

Thank you

I suggest you run (in a terminal):

sudo apt-get install xfce4

log off and use the XFCE session, it is lighter and does not require compositing. You'll find that desktop a little friendlier.

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