FreeBSD 8.3 and 9.0 freeze with firefox

Reed Loefgren rloefgren at
Sun Apr 15 19:12:19 UTC 2012

On 04/15/12 03:29, Ronald Klop wrote:
> On Fri, 30 Mar 2012 04:28:06 +0200, Joseph Olatt <joji at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Starting with 8.3, I've been experiencing FreeBSD freezing up completely
>> after using firefox for a while. Thinking the problem would go away if I
>> upgraded to 9.0, I did that and I am still experiencing the same
>> freezing up. The mouse pointer freezes, the keyboard freezes (caps lock
>> light will not come on; Ctrl-Alt-F[1-10] does not work etc.). The only
>> way to get the system back is by pressing and holding down the power
>> button.
>> The problem seems similar to: kern/163145
>> There is nothing in /var/log/messages to indicate a problem. Output of
>> pciconf -lv and uname -a are at:
>> Anybody else experiencing similar freeze ups with 8.3 or 9.0 while using
>> firefox?
> Since Firefox uses all kinds of GPU stuff nowadays. Is it possible it 
> locks up your graphics card?
> I suggest trying to turn of GPU hardware acceleration in Firefox.
> Ronald.
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Ronald and Joseph,

I've been seeing this too on an AMD Phenom II X3 720 running Stable from 
2012-03-23. A Prescott Dell, 9 Stable, I use at work does it too. The 
freezes last some number of second, longer if Youtube types of video is 
involved. Annoying. I'll try the graphics tip.


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