Firefox 3.6.X and Thunderbird 3.0.X crashing with Radeon graphics on FBSD 8.0-STABLE SMP/sm64 box

O. Hartmann ohartman at
Wed Mar 24 23:47:14 UTC 2010

On 03/24/10 15:06, Gary Jennejohn wrote:
> On Wed, 24 Mar 2010 13:32:40 +0000
> "O. Hartmann"<ohartman at>  wrote:
>> Since the introduction of Thunderbird 3.0 and Firefox 3.6 I see
>> spontanous crashes/coredumps of both thunderbird and firefox. Interingly
>> Firefox 3.5.X works well on he same platform.
>> The platform is a FreeBSD 8.0-STABLE/amd64 (r205536: Tue Mar 23 22:19:04
>> CET 2010), SMP box with 8GB of RAM, QuadCore Intel Q6600 on a P35-based
>> motherboard.
>> Thunderbird 3 crashes rarely compared to Firefox 3. The longer the
>> application thunderbird runs, the higher the likelyhood the app crashes
>> and vanishes. Sometimes this happens immediately after starting
>> thunderbird, sometimes it takes its few minutes or half an hour.
>> Firefox 3 is sensitive to its pull-down menus or requester showing up in
>> some situations. I can provoke a crash by clicking onto a pull-down-menu
>> in firefox 3, it immediately dumps a core.
> If you suspect the graphics card's driver is at fault then I would try
> linux-opera or even linux-firefox and see whether it also dies when you
> use a drop-down menu.
> Another possibility would be to set hw.physmem to say 3G or 4G in
> loader.conf and see whether that affects thunderbird/firefox.  Who
> knows, there may some weird problem caused by all that memory?  That
> would a fairly quick and cheap way to test this.
> --
> Gary Jennejohn

You're right, I'll test this as soon as I'm back in my lab.

Oliver Hartmann

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