Elementary OS Freezes A lot

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  1. Anais Nin

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    Hi,

    I have just migrated to ElementaryOS from Windows 10. It's essentially got everything I need and I'm not tempted to hoard a lot of useless stuff on it. I loved it. Until it freezes randomly.

    I did read other posts and other sites about ctrl+alt+f1 and killall in case everything freezes. But really, elementaryOS freezes even when I have not added new apps outside what the OS has provided. It freezes 8 out of 10 times. I only get lucky when it doesn't.

    When I try to use the ctrl alt f1 terminal, it gets nowhere. It freezes so I just have to do a hard reboot.

    Any suggestions on how I can improve my ElementaryOS experience? Also what is your recommendation when it starts to freeze? What should I do?

    == Update ==

    My laptop is Aspire E-5-411-c3k3 and was originally a Windows 8 model.
    Intel Celeron Quad Core Processor n2940
    2GB ddr3 L memory
    500gb HDD dedicated to elementary OS (no other OS on boot)
     
  2. Aristide Torchia

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    Hi Anais!
    Same thing here. Any luck with getting to the bottom of it?

    o/
     
  3. James

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    Worth trying: Update the kernel to 4.8.x

    Without some sort of log telling us what's crashing or freezing, it's not obvious that this will help the OP, but I am running elementary OS (Loki) on an old gateway laptop (dual-core 1.8ghz, 2gb RAM) and it froze up badly until I updated the kernel to 4.8 Gala was thrashing cores as soon as I would try to enter settings, or certain other applications.

    I am currently running the 4.8.7 kernel, and am able to enjoy Elementary OS,
    hope this helps someone.
    #Loki
     
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  5. Pretzel Jones

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    You're on the very low end of RAM specs. While they say elementary can run on lower end machines, 2GB is not much RAM by many standards. If I was you I'd try bumping up to at least 4GB if you can. That will give the OS a lot more room and could fix your freezing issues.
     
  6. Lynx

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    Hello,
    I have an old computer and Elementary OS is working fine and not freezing.

    Processor: Dual-Core Intel® Celeron® CPU E3400 @ 2.60GHz
    Memory: 2 Gb
    Video Chipset: Intel Corporation 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
     
  7. Pretzel Jones

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    I have another laptop similar to yours that I rarely use, but I installed eOS on it thinking it might run well and bring new life to the machine. But eOS runs so slow on it.
     
  8. Lynx

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    On my computer the Processor and Dual-Core
     
  9. IO-Node

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    Use 12GB SWAP and it'll probably improve; SWAP is a decent substitute for RAM situationally
     
  10. Frederik Vos

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    I don't think that swap is the cause of this problem, maybe it's hardware related, but there is not enough information available to find anything usefull.
    Make the journal persistent:
    sudo mkdir -p /var/log/journal
    sudo chmod 477 /var/log/journal
    If the system freezes: notice the time, let's say it's 12:00
    then reboot the computer
    journalctl --since=12:00 > /tmp/logfile.txt
    Look into /tmp/logfile.txt : is there anything special ?
     
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  11. IO-Node

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    I think it is related to the Gala compositing engine.
     
  12. Felipe

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    Thank you very much, good sir!

    Kernel 4.8.10, the system not only look, but feels sharp as well!
     
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    Hi,
    Did you try Kernel 4.12.2 released as on 15-July-2017..?
    I had tried, it booted up great. It was fast and fluid. But it broke up my WiFi with the status network UNCLAIMED.
    So i uninstalled 4.12.2 and reverted to your suggestion 4.8.7 that has WiFi functional.
     
  14. Felipe

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    Hi VJ, the newest one that I have tried is 4.12.0, it works okay. I try to avoid the bleeding edge ones, because my hardware is a little bit old (I had touchpad problems with drivers on Windows),

    I found a great tool for Kernel updating, it's called Ukuu (Ubuntu kernel update system)

    Code (Text):
    $ sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa

    $ sudo apt-get update

    $ sudo apt-get install ukuu
    After install. You may need to run sudo ukuu-gtk to starts it. But sometimes you can find it on applications menu ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    [​IMG]
     
  15. mike777

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    I was having quick hangups when doing simple tasks like opening a new tab in chrome or terminal, or opening a video. Weirdly, removing wingpanel-indicator-power resolved the issue.

    sudo apt-get remove wingpanel-indicator-power
     

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