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Firefox closes for no reason!

Compaq Presario 5365
September 1, 2008 at 16:17:15
Specs: Ubuntu 5.10, AMD K6 450 Mhz/256 MB

When I am using Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7, sometimes it will close for no reason, without giving an error message. Sometimes it can be just sitting there idle while i'm of doing something else, and when I come back it's gone.

I was going to install Firefox 3, but it said I needed to install GTK+ 2.10 or higher.

I downloaded GTK+ 2.10.14, but I don't know how to install it. I have extracted everything from the TAR.GZ file, but I have absolutly no idea how to install it. As a Linux newbie, and I don't know much about the types of files used in Linux and how to use them.

If anyone can give me help, I would be appreciative. Thanks,

-Trent

Dual booting Windows 98SE and Ubuntu 5.10


Ubuntu 5.10 works better than Mepis 3.4, and I havn't used Windows since I installed it


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#1
September 1, 2008 at 17:02:24

I understand you are using such an old version of ubuntu because of your system specs.
I just believe there are better distro's for your system, some even have firefox 3.

http://www.puppylinux.org/home/late...

larry


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#2
September 1, 2008 at 17:33:39

Thanks for the quick response, Larry.

You are right, I am using a slightly older version of Ubuntu because of my specs, but, surprisingly, this computer even meets the requirements for ver. 8.04.

Another user recommended Puppy Linux to me, and I tried it out once, but it just didn't catch on to me. The "Big 2" - Ubuntu and Mepis, the the only distros that appeal to me mostly because of their looks and popularity. Unfortunatly, they are also the 2 most resource-hungry.

I can't wait until I get a computer that actually actually has some power so I can turn it into a Linux box...

-Trent

Dual booting Windows 98SE and Ubuntu 5.10


Ubuntu 5.10 works better than Mepis 3.4, and I havn't used Windows since I installed it


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#3
September 1, 2008 at 17:37:03

A little update - a google of this problem brings up other people talking about this problem, which only occurs in Ubuntu 5.10 with F-Fox 1.0.7. There isn't a dedicated solution that I have found yet, but I will keep searching.

As of right now, I am using my Windows XP computer as my dedicated Web Surfer.

Dual booting Windows 98SE and Ubuntu 5.10


Ubuntu 5.10 works better than Mepis 3.4, and I havn't used Windows since I installed it


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#4
September 2, 2008 at 14:05:48

I'd suspect too little ram.

I agree with the wrong distro. Version control is quite complex. Most distro's don't suggest an update rather a clean install just because of this.

Select a more stable version built for your system or compile it from scratch. See Gentoo for the fastest most stable for your machine.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#5
September 3, 2008 at 13:32:39

I'm sure it's not too little RAM. The original poster of the forum on another site who was having the problem has 1GB of RAM and a 512MB swap file.

No one said dapper drake has the problem, so I downloaded and burned it, but it freezes on boot up. This computer is too old for anything above breezy. I give up...

Dual booting Windows 98SE and Ubuntu 5.10


Ubuntu 5.10 works better than Mepis 3.4, and I havn't used Windows since I installed it


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#6
September 3, 2008 at 16:25:59

Xubuntu 6.06.1 Dapper Drake LTS

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#7
September 3, 2008 at 16:45:09

agree with jam, but on the one you downloaded, are you trying the alternate install cd.

larry


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#8
September 3, 2008 at 16:49:04

No, just the regular CD.

Dual booting Windows 98SE and Ubuntu 5.10


Ubuntu 5.10 works better than Mepis 3.4, and I havn't used Windows since I installed it


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#9
September 3, 2008 at 18:36:27

And yet we still have problems with DOS.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#10
September 5, 2008 at 03:10:39

I myself just tried an install of xubuntu, ( x , standing for XFCE, as the DE )

this was on an AMD k6 550 mhz, machine with 256 mb of ram,

Depends on the latest bios version, if the bios flash, version is older than 2000 the newer kernels, won't boot,, with acpi enabled, If you have a newer version, bios, with those specs <<< I'd rather be able to install PC LinuxOS ,,, a bit more responsive and quicker than even xubuntu, there are so many different versions and I have tried quite a few,,, Ended up just using suse 11 on the machine, ( no bios update past 1999 ) and wouldn't shut down automatically ,,, ) had to press power button afterward,

Just Mentioning something to consider,,, in any attempt to install any of the Distros mentioned or future attempts,,,, ( tried quite a few, including DreamLinux ,,, ( Nice !!! ) ) Well good luck Huh !!!

MSI 845e mb 1 gb ram and a p4 2.4n running fedora 7 xp ,win 2000 advanced server and win 98 SE alot to learn and I know so little !!!!


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#11
September 5, 2008 at 14:53:47

Quacked, thanks for the Info! The BIOS on this computer (Compaq Presario 5365) is dated April 26, 1999.

I tried Ubuntu 6.06 on my mothers computer, a Packard Bell 7955C, Intel Celeron 466 Mhz and 256 MB RAM, and it worked! I tried Mepis 7.0 and that worked too! This is an insult! In my opinion, Packard Bell is the worst PC ever made.

Due to a weird keyboard letter repeating problem and the fact that I now had to hold the mouse button down on menus to keep them open, I reinstalled Ubuntu. I left the screen res. at the default 1280x1024, and I havn't had the firefox problem since.


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#12
September 5, 2008 at 16:11:03

Well,! glad I could offer some kind of assistance,, Just relating something that I had found, out , that could help make a difference in the functionality of an Operating System install,,, Hope everything works out for you,,, !!!

MSI 845e mb 1 gb ram and a p4 2.4n running fedora 7 xp ,win 2000 advanced server and win 98 SE alot to learn and I know so little !!!!


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#13
September 5, 2008 at 17:45:40

Well, I think Ubuntu 6.06 is freezing on boot-up simply because my computer is crap. Mepis 7.0 does the exact same thing on boot-up, it says "Looking for Mepis Linux" for several minutes, then the whole system just halts. The power button wouldn't even work-I have to unplug the computer to turn it off. Ubuntu 6.06 says "Making file systems" or something like that, then it halts, also.

I think this is due to the SiS 530 chipset. The Packard Bell has an SiS 620 chipset, and it ran Mepis 7.0 and Ubuntu 6.06 like a charm! I guess the Packard Bell will make a better Linux "Guinea Pig" than the Compaq.

Well, I guess we might as well consider this thread closed. Now if you'll excuse me, i'm off to try Debian!

Thanks for the replies,

-Trent


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#14
September 5, 2008 at 19:33:23

Ubuntu IS Debian! lol

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#15
September 6, 2008 at 01:02:21


If you like Mepis but find 3.4 a bit old then have you tried Antix 7.5?

AntiX is based on Mepis 7 but uses Icewm as it GUI and is design for lower spec machines, more details here:

http://mepislovers.org/forums/showt...

Tim


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#16
September 6, 2008 at 06:32:07

Ubuntu is Debian? Wow, I still have a lot to learn, I guess...

I found very few pictures of AntiX in a google Images search, but I will try it sometime.


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#17
September 6, 2008 at 10:40:29

"Ubuntu is Debian?"

Directly from the the Ubuntu pages:

Debian is "the rock upon which Ubuntu is built"

"I found very few pictures of AntiX in a google Images search"

Although google is definitely helpful, Distrowatch is where you should be looking 1st. All the new releases & news are listed in the center column but in the right hand column, about 1/4 way down the page, is a list of the top 100 distros ranked by page hits. It you click on one of them, it will take you to another page that lists all sorts of addtional links related to that distro...home page, forums, documentation, screenshots, download sites, reviews, etc.

The Coding Studio has screenshots of many distros released over the past few of years. Here's the screenshots for antiX MEPIS 7.5

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#18
September 6, 2008 at 11:11:09

BTW, I know you said you prefer KDE & Gnome, but I suggest you look into one of the distros that use Xfce such as Xubuntu.

Also, I know we discussed the "crapiness" of the SiS530 in another thread & I'm sure it "steals" some of the system RAM...that only adds to your performance problems. Do you have an old PCI video card you can drop in so that you can disable the onboard?

If you don't have much extra cash, check out your local Goodwill or Amvets stores. They always have old PCs for about $10 or so. I usually take a philips screwdriver with me & pop open the case to get an idea of what's inside. Sometimes you can get lucky.

Another place to look is Freecycle. It's a place where people offer up stuff for free. The idea is to recycle things rather than tossing them in the garbage & adding to our dumpsite woes. I get stuff from there all the time...I also give stuff away. Yesterday I picked up a box of 10 HDDs - two 6.4GB, two 20GB, six 40GB. I've already tested them & all work, but one of them whines. Look for a local Freecycle group in your area & sign up!

One other thing...if/when you sign up for freecycle, I suggest you create a new Yahoo account & use it just for that purpose. You will get hammered with e-mails daily...sometimes 100's of them!

"If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions" - Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction


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#19
September 6, 2008 at 16:25:10

I have insalled Debian 4.0, and I do see many similarities between it and Ubuntu.

Unfortuneatly, I have not one PCI video card. The SiS 530 does use either 4 or 8 MB of RAM.

Also Unfortuneatly, I live out in the boondocks, and I have never heard of goodwill or amvets.

There is a freecycle about 300 KM's from where I live.

Debian works, slow but sure. One of the reasons I was interested in it was because it said you could use GNOME, KDE or Xfce. I did the net install, but instead, I got GNOME, MetaCity and TWM, and I have never even heard of the last two!


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