Gnome freezes with many windows open

Asked by Krister on 2019-01-08

Without fail, after some time (2-10 minutes) watching a youtube video my graphics will freeze. The computer is completely unresponsive and I cannot change to an F3-F7 terminal.


I realize now that with few windows open I can watch videos without causing my system to freeze. I was just editing a file with vi in a terminal, however, and my system froze. All I can think of is that many windows were open. I changed the title accordingly.

I would write a bug report but I'm in the dark as to the cause of the problem and am not sure how to proceed with debugging. I'm posting this question here because I have the impression that the problem is graphics related.

My machine also has had trouble booting until I updated to the 4.20 mainline kernel, but I am not sure this is related:

Could someone help me to debug this or at least figure out which package to file a bug report against?
Thank you!

I'm using 18.10 with Wayland and Ubuntu Gnome3 with the following graphics card:

03:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] Oland GL [FirePro W2100]

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Have you tested your RAM health using Memtest86+ from GRUB as a good start

Krister (thekswenson) said : #2

This post says that Memtest86+ no longer works in in UEFI mode: .
Is this correct?

Wasn't aware, I don't use UEFI myself so I don't know

Krister (thekswenson) said : #4

I'm getting desperate, as my system just froze while editing a file with vi in gnome-terminal. This is getting in the way of work.

I would be eternally grateful if someone could help me debug this issue.

Krister (thekswenson) said : #5

I logged into an x session (which I couldn't do previously -- an update fixed something) and experiences the system freeze. I'm going to try to ask this question in a more place. Thanks for you suggestion @actionparsnip!

Krister (thekswenson) said : #6

By the way, my memory did pass the test using Memtest86 (not the + version).

Launchpad Janitor (janitor) said : #7

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