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I'm experiencing random desktop freezes (I have to hard shut down the system) after recent updates on my Archlinux box. Today it happened a few minutes after startup. The only programs running were:

  • Google Chrome 43.0.2357.134 (recently installed)
  • Gnome shell 3.16.3
  • Gnome Terminal 3.16.1
  • pacman 4.2.1

My kernel version is 4.1.2-2-ARCH

The only two common things running across all freezes are kernel 4.1.2 and chrome 43. And I started having this issues after upgrading to linux 4.1.2 and installing chrome instead of chromium. Unfortunately I did both upgrades at the same time. Does anyone else is experiencing the same?

EDIT: It seems that not even Chrome is to blame. As I had a system freeze without having run Chrome on that session. Sometimes happened with WMWare, but it also happened without having run WMWare too. So my guess is that this is a kernel / driver issue. Today I had an update of the x86-video-intel driver... let's see if things will get better.

  • Use dmesg and look into log files under /var/log/ – Basile Starynkevitch Jul 23 '15 at 7:17
  • Since upgrading to Ubuntu 15.10 (with kernel 4.2), I have the same problem. However, I don't have Chrome. Also, when I boot with a previous kernel, I don't have any issues. – Dunham Nov 16 '15 at 16:40
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Mine was a kernel bug in the Bluetooth module introduced in kernel 4.1 and fixed in release 4.1.7.

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