System freezes unexpectly

Garrett Cooper gcooper at
Sun Aug 29 21:36:46 UTC 2010

On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 2:11 PM, Davide Italiano
<davide.italiano at> wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 10:06 PM, Garrett Cooper <gcooper at> wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM, Davide Italiano
>> <davide.italiano at> wrote:
>>> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Glen Barber <glen.j.barber at> wrote:
>>>> On 8/29/10 10:18 AM, Davide Italiano wrote:
>>>>> Hi.
>>>>> I'm running 8.1 on my Sony Vaio laptop, with dwm as window manager on
>>>>> lastest Xorg on ports.
>>>>> When I'm trying to run firefox3, the system "freezes" unexpectly. I
>>>>> know that "freezes" is a bit generic but I can't find a more specific
>>>>> term to describe the situation. Dmesg doesn't give useful infos.
>>>>> I installed firefox using pkg_add -r , the only add-on/plugin
>>>>> installed is Xmarks.
>>>>> I'm ready to eventually debug, any suggestion is apprectiated.
>>>> Hi Davide,
>>>> Can you run firefox from xterm and check for any errors that might be
>>>> generated?
>> What video driver are you using, can you stimulate this issue with
>> other applications in X11, etc?
>> -Garrett
> I tried to stimulate issue w/ other applications and other window
> managers, but I didn't obtain anythin' ( I also tried w/ epiphany,
> that uses the same rendering engine of firefox) . Firefox "freezes"
> the system (again, I don't know if it's the right term). The driver
> I'm using is radeon.

Ok. How about this?

Firefox items:
1. What version of Firefox are you using?
2. Are you using any Firefox plugins?
3. When you try to bring up Firefox, does it start to render the GTK
window and then freeze, or does it freeze without rendering the GTK
4. Are you starting from `scratch' with Firefox, or are you restoring
your last session?
5. If you compiled from ports, what do your

Radeon items:
1. What Radeon card do you have?
2. Are you using the drm code in the kernel, or not?
3. Have you tried with the vesa driver instead of the radeon driver?

I would focus on the Firefox items for now because they're easier to
track down, but definitely try one spin with the vesa driver instead
of the radeon driver because it's quick and dirty.


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