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From: Mick <michaelkintzios@×××××.com>
To: gentoo-user@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-user] Mouse wheel makes firefox hang
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 08:49:48
Message-Id: 1634947.yuizrsbaln@dell_xps
In Reply to: [gentoo-user] Mouse wheel makes firefox hang by "Hervé Guillemet"
1 On Sunday, 26 August 2018 09:07:23 BST Hervé Guillemet wrote:
2 > Hello,
3 >
4 > After a recent system update I get this annoying strange behavior: when
5 > scrolling in a firefox or thunderbird window with the mouse wheel, the
6 > full X interface freezes for some seconds, then a system beep is emitted
7 > and the interface unfreezes, but most of the time the mouse cursor
8 > becomes invisible.
10 If it is a BIOS beep, rather than a desktop/application sound, then you have
11 some hardware problem. The recent update may have implemented some hardware
12 acceleration rendering on the browser and this is putting pressure on your
13 GPU, RAM, PSU. A single beep points to RAM, but I don't know all OEM's BIOS
14 codes.
16 I'd start by opening the cover and reseating your RAM modules. Oxidisation
17 may have increase contact resistance. Usually pulling them out and pushing
18 them back in cleans them enough to restore a good electrical contact.
20 While you're there try removing all the dust from CPU, GPU, PSU coolers and
21 air ducts using a vacuum cleaner (carefully) or a compressed air can. Keep
22 holding the chassis at all times with one hand or use an earthing strap, some
23 vacuum cleaners I've tried have a terrible problem with creating static
24 electricity and a discharge could blow your MoBo chipset.
26 Finally, reseat any SATA/IDE cables. Their contacts can also corrode with
27 time and if the browser is caching pages on disk while the freeze occurs it
28 might cause a problem, although unlikely to get a BIOS beep from it. You
29 wouldn't be able to boot with a hard disk failure beep code going off, if this
30 was your problem.
33 > I must restart X to get it back.
35 This sounds like a Xorg drivers problem, but if Xorg has partially crashed due
36 to RAM or power problems, then this cursor problem will go away after you
37 address the hardware issue.
40 > Scrolling with scrollbars or arrow keys works.
41 > Scrolling with wheels in others apps like terminals works too.
42 > No useful message in syslog, dmesg or console.
44 What does /var/log/Xorg.0.log reveal?
46 --
47 Regards,
48 Mick


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