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How to unfreeze after accidentally pressing Ctrl-S in a terminal?

It's a situation that has happened quite often to me: after I press (with a different intention) Ctrl-S in a terminal, the interaction (input or output) with it is frozen. It's probably a kind of ...
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How to completely disable swap?

I am using Debian sid, hard drive formatted with ext4, running on linux 3.1 I remember on previous linux versions (maybe before 3.0), if I run out of memory, and swap is not enabled, programs will ...
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Why is my PC freezing while I'm copying a file to a pendrive?

I have a really strange situation here. My PC works fine, at least in most cases, but there's one thing that I can't deal with. When I try to copy a file from my pendrive, everything is ok -- I got ...
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How to force Linux kernel to “freeze” (or nearly freeze) for a few hundred milliseconds

We are running a real-time process on a non real-time kernel (CentOS 6), and this is probably not going to change. We have a streaming video application that requires about 500 MB/s of PCIe traffic ...
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System hanging when it runs out of memory

I've got an eeePC 900a: it has a 8GB flash as disk and only 1GB of RAM. The Linux distribution installed on it is ArchLinux. When the system runs out of memory it becomes extremely unresponsive: it ...
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Debugging Linux machine freezes

I have 15 identical Linux RH 4.7 64-bit severs. They run cluster database (cluster is application level). On occasion (every month or so) a random box (never the same though) freezes. I can ping the ...
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How to prevent fork bomb?

To prevent fork bomb I followed this http://www.linuxhowtos.org/Tips%20and%20Tricks/ulimit.htm ulimit -a reflects the new settings but when I run (as root in bash) :(){ :|:&};: the VM still goes ...
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How to debug system freeze?

I'm experiencing strange bug when I close lid of my laptop - system freezes (no reaction on keys, no response form ssh) hard and displays some strange colour effects. The kernel log (after reboot) ...
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How to recover from desktop freeze without losing running windows?

Sometimes VirtualBox causes random freeze of my Mint 16 Cinnamon Desktop 64bit. I am not able to pinpoint what is actually wrong and even where to fill the bug report. But the life goes on and I ...
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Where should I look for error messages after a freeze-up and reboot in Linux?

I was forced to shutdown (using the power button) and reboot after my laptop froze with just a black screen. After such an incident, where should I look for error messages etc. that might indicate ...
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Fedora 17 Freezes on Boot

I have been having issues with Fedora 17 not booting after the latest round of updates. I am able to enter the pass for my disk encryption, the boot logo acts normally but after the animation is ...
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Low battery freezes laptop [closed]

I have a laptop Lenovo G575. MS Windows works without any problems on it, but with Linux, it freezes during login or up to 10 minutes after power on. I have tried Ubuntu, Fedora 15 and 16, Fedora 16 ...
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How to log off when the desktop freezes?

Today I had an unexpected software failure. As I am inexperienced, I only managed to switch to the console using CTRL + ALT + F1 and then reboot using reboot. How do I properly log off if the desktop ...
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How to fix non-responsive Ubuntu system?

I use Ubuntu. Sometimes, the system does not have any response with mouse and keyboard. Is there any way to solve this problem except hitting the reset button on the machine?
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System often freezes without warning

The system often just freezes up without any warning, it doesn't gradually start getting slower or something like that, and every time I look the avarage system load is below 20% (usually not even ...
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Untraceable stability problem of 3.6.8 kernel on ASUS P53E

Randomly, but not later than after 10 hours of work, the laptop freezes. Just freezes. Knowing that not all hardware errors are reported back to the user I tried the netconsole. Unfortunately the ...
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Accidental `nano SomeFile | uniq` renders the shell unresponsive

In my attempt to get unique entries (read lines) out of a simple text file, I accidentally executed nano SomeTextFile | uniq. This "instruction" renders the shell (bash) completely (?) ...
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How do I figure out what's freezing up my machine?

I am running Arch on this machine: 3.40GHz i7 hexacore (4930K) 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM 2xSamsung 840 EVO SSDs in Raid0 (using BTRFS raid) When I run VMware on my Arch with a few VMs (2 ...
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Is there a way to discover why my server had a high load

Just now I was forced to remotely reboot my CentOS 6.3 system due to a ultra high load (75!) that paralyzed the system. This is a web/mail server that serves a wordpress blog (mySQL + PHP). Is there ...
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chrome freezes Ubuntu 13.04

Since about 2 to 3 weeks ago, my Ubuntu 13.04 desktop frequently freezes after I am using Chrome for a while. The mouse is movable, but nothing respond to mouse or keyboard. I have to push the power ...
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Hard drive writes freezing up Gnome

I'm currently running Debian 6.0.5 on my white Macbook 2008 (4,1) and have recently noticed that when I download, move, or decompress a file, Gnome freezes up completely for at least 20 seconds. These ...
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How can I prevent disk I/O from taking over my CPU?

I run Debian Jessie on a quad-core i7 processor, which results in 8 cores being shown thanks to hyperthreading. On disk-heavy loads, all eight cores are maxed out with io-wait, as shown by htop. This ...
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System freezes. Can't find anything in the logs

My linux desktop system freezes (aptosid/debian sid) sometimes and after a reboot I can't find any infos about the reason for the freeze in messages/dmesg/syslog/Xorg.*.log. When it "freezes" I can ...
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linux mint hangs - how to find a reason?

My Linux Mint system (17 Cinnamon, lenovo g565) hangs up frequently during work (say, 2-4 times a day). It usually looks like a white or black screen (or off if the lid was closed). CPU seems to be a ...
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How to open tty or execute some script when the shortcut Ctrl+Alt+F[1-6] doesn't work and X11 is partially frozen but system is still working?

I'm using Ubuntu 10.10 with Gnome on Acer Aspire One netbook. The X11 or just some parts of Gnome like panels and partially windows (details described below) are frozen which doesn't allow to do ...
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Vim high CPU usage upon opening JS files

Vim and especially Gvim stops responding and utilizes 100% of CPU upon opening big .js files (1000+ lines). Pressing Ctrlc stops the process. Whatever Vim does trying to open the file, it displays the ...
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wpa_supplicant nl80211 hangs linux mint frequently

My Linux Mint system (17 Cinnamon, lenovo g565) hangs up frequently during work (say, 2-4 times a day). It may look different - white screen, black screen, screen freeze. Checking syslog after hangs ...
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How to quit GNOME file copy GUI after it hangs

Many times I find GNOME file copy GUI tool (Nautilus) irritating when it stops working. It happens when: I cancel the copy or move I try to copy to blue tooth exchange folder to my friends ...
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Got a brand new laptop with hardware still unsupported. Should I wait or return it?

So my parents offered my a Laptop, a quite good one judging by my other computers (for example my Desktop is still stuck on CDQ), and it is always sort of rude to return a gift in any situation, but ...
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Why does music still loop, when my PC freezes? [closed]

Unfortunately it happens rather regularly, that some i/o job or some other activity clogs all the cpu power on my rather old linux machine and leaves me with a frozen desktop, where not even the mouse ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Gnome 3 “freezes” randomly - not a normal freeze though

Since upgrading to 12.04, I've randomly experienced this strange phenomenon where my mouse mostly doesn't work and keyboard mostly does. I have not been able to identify a cause for this. Sometimes it ...
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My Linux desktop freezes randomly. What to look for in logs

I have a newly installed Manjaro system and it works fine most of the time but it has frozen a couple of times randomly. What logs should look in (and what should I look for) to try to diagose the ...
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How do you prevent system from freezing when memory is used up?

I've been running a process (gdb) that can easily use up all my ram and swap space. Every time that happens the whole system becomes very non-responsive and Xorg will barely update, I can't swith to ...
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Why is Nouveau working so badly for me? System keeps freezing

As an intermediate Linux user, I decided to try Arch Linux (having only experience with Ubuntu before, 3 years ago), and everything was going well until the part where I tried to get a graphical ...
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How to find out what caused lag/freeze and self-reboot?

Xubuntu 14.04 FF 39.0, packaged by Canonical I just experienced my machine practically freeze up and not reacting not any input. The mouse pointer moved like 2 mm every 20 seconds and my CPU load ...
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Cursor freezes - keystrokes to release?

Occasionally the mouse cursor will freeze - I have to reboot. In Ubuntu is there a keystroke combination such as Ctrl+Alt+Del which would enable me to continue working without having to reboot?
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Debian Jessie - Random freezes

I have a fresh installation of Debian Jessie, with Cinnamon and Gnome. I run it on a decent computer with the following specs: Athlon II x3, 6GB DDR2, 2GB SWAP (swapiness minimum), 600GB SATA HDD ...
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Linux mint freezes on second account login - unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at (null)

I have two accounts, daniel and dn. When I log in with daniel first, everything is okay. But I can't login with dn, it freezes. It's irrelevant if I log out daniel or try a parallel login. It's the ...
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Fedora 23 hangs on reboot/poweroff [nvidia.ko NULL pointer derereference]

This seems to be pretty random, it's been happening for ages and I update everything pretty regularly. Sometimes reboot and poweroff works just fine, and pretty quickly. Sometimes it takes a while, ...
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Desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to mouse (moving/focusing/clicking UI elements)

I have an annoying problem where my desktop suddenly becomes unresponsive to my mouse. This always happens randomly, at random times. Sometimes I can work for hours with no problems, sometimes this ...
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USB Mouse Freezing in Debian / KDE // Keyboard OK

Having problems with seemingly random freezes of my Logitech Wireless Mouse in Debian (KDE). With regards to a number of articles out there, I don't have powertop, mouseemu or laptop-mode-tools ...
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A ton of input at the login appears to lock the machine?

Occasionally my one year old son will come into my office where my machine is at the command line login prompt. As my little geekling is wont, he starts banging on the keyboard like Daddy does. As ...
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Server freezes because of fail2ban

Lately I've experienced some problems with my server freezing or having network problems (I can't really tell which at this point). I'm running OpenSSH on port 443 and it seems fail2ban's anti SSH ...
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Linux Mint 16 randomly freezing and freezes always after suspend wakeup

I've just installed Linux Mint 16 Cinnamon on Dell Latitude E6420. During an hour of use the desktop would become unresponsive and I was unable to access any TTY. It just froze up. The same thing ...
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System freezes upon executing any boot option in a live USB installation of Mint

Problem I'm trying to install Linux Mint 16, 64-bit, MATE using a live USB. The boot option menu itself is responsive and work as expected. However, when I execute any of said boot options, the ...
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My Debian freezes

I installed a fresh Debian 7 install, but it freezes from time to time, and when it happens (quite often indeed) only the mouse can move around but everything is blocked. All I can do is restart. I ...
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Window content freezes

I recently started using Kanotix, a Debian based distro that loads itself into RAM on boot, and i'm loving it. But this is the second time I have this problem, and I was wondering what caused it and ...
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Chromium with ~20 opened tabs freezes my laptop

As the title says, when I have about 20 opened tabs of Chromium I see the hard disk starts writing and everything start to freeze. I have to 'killall' Chromium. Previously I had installed ...
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Linux randomly freezing?

For the last few hours, my computer has been freezing at random every minute or so. I'll type some text, and it won't appear until ~15 seconds later, all in one block. It started happening all at once ...
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Linux freezing randomly

My Computer has been freezing a lot lately, and with no apparent reason.It freezes even if my usage is 3% CPU and 9% RAM. I was using Windows 8 until I decided I'd try to move on to linux, so I ...