Blue screen of death
mysqlstudent at gmail.com
Tue Jul 27 23:36:50 UTC 2010
> I suspect it to be the main source of instability:
> - directly
> I happened to visit some sites that were so "intensely heavy" in content
> that they could literally lock the FF (and the machine) for good. Perhaps
> pages (I even had Java Runtime turned off) that apparently FF could not
> process smoothly.
Had it consumed all your available swap, too? Was the disk thrashing
while this was happening? It just locks the machine, and doesn't crash
so you can create a bug report and send the FF people?
> I think FF should quickly move to tabs and other processes separation as
> Google Chrome did.
I'm sure there's a reason they haven't done this. Perhaps we'll see it
in the v4.0 version, which should be available shortly.
> - indirectly
> I visited a very popular site with a small Java applet that on a first
> time startup almost regularly knocked the FF down; I passed its URL to FF
Often times these problems actually result from various add-ons which
are poorly written, leak memory, leave files open, locking problems,
> Java environment is a hog and a cause of instability, still.
I found Azureus on FC13 consuming 5GB of RAM! Damn. Five friggin gigs!
> - complete lockup, could not open xterm to kill some process, no reaction to
> CTL-Alt-Backspace, could move cursor only.
> For that reason I added to my panel the "bomb" app (Force a misbehaving
> application to quit) to get access to my desktop system (I hope to be
> effective with it; waiting to try it out ...).
I don't understand how that would work. If you're able to click on an
application to kill something, why can't you just manually kill it?
> $ alias startx='/usr/bin/startx -- -nolisten tcp >& .startx.log'
> This may give some clue about the nature of any problems.
There are a few errors. I'll post a separate thread to see if someone
can help me troubleshoot them.
> I find F13 quite stable (despite its dev nature); I prefer Gnome as well over
> KDE, by any means. So I do not think you should drop either of them.
It's gotten better over the past few months.
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