I use Linux Mint 16 64-bit Cinnamon. I've just deployed it on two computers and (again) suffer from spontaneous freezing of the graphics terminal. Fortunately the rest of the system seems to be running OK, and I can switch to another virtual terminal and do stuff to diagnose the problem.
Logs (syslog, Xorg.0.log, mdm/:0.log) don't reveal anything except for
AIGLX: Suspending AIGLX clients for VT switch which is normal when you switch to another virtual terminal. Unfortunately, this log entry never gets coupled with the entry that tells it is
- Freezing happen spontaneously, ca once per 8 hours. So far I cannot find anything that can correlate with the freezing event.
- No screen update under the graphical terminal.
- I can still switch between virtual terminals with Alt+Ctrl+Fx
- All applications still work; music plays, and I can still interact with running applications, like VirtualBox (if it is currently running). I didn't test
- Mouse cursor icon is visible and you can control it with the mouse. Clicks are ignored.
- Mouse cursor icon changes while hovering under different zones of windows drawn on the screen, just like it would if the system was working normally.
- It looks like the keyboard is ignored too; except for Ctrl+Alt+Backspace (if a correct script is loaded which intercepts this key combination). Ctrl+Alt+T (to display terminal), Alt + F2 (to show "Run command..." dialog) are ignored.
The problem is concerning only the Linux Mint 16 (I never experienced anything like that on Linux Mint 15). I am able to reproduce these symptoms on two computers: desktop PC with ASUS 990FX motherboard, and on ASUS N56VZ notebook. The previous installation of Linux Mint 16 on the notebook was free from the problem. Unfortunately I decided to expand the hard drive and reinstalled the system. I still posses the HDD with the previous installation, so I can theoretically I can do some form of diff between them. But both installations should be the same - the only thing I really changed was a bigger hard drive, but unless you use some form automation (like Puppet), you are never able to install two systems identically.
Edit: This specific problem seems to be related to the event of desktop change.
It can be reproduced by:
- Install the Linux Mint 16 with Cinnamon 2.0 64 bit
- Install a program that changes wallpaper (tested on variety, and wallch) and set it to start changing wallpaper as the background task.
- Wait for background to change several times. The bug doesn't kick in on the first background change, you need to wait a moment.
- On the .xsession.errors you will see something like that.