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video/keyboard/mouse button freeze on Ubuntu 9.04

  Date: Dec 06    Category: Unix / Linux / Ubuntu    Views: 463
  

After a usually short period of time from boot-up my video, and keyboard and
mouse buttons lock up. Occasionally the mouse pointer can still be seen
following the mouse movement but no mouse buttons work nor does the
keyboard.
Any actively updating video processes stop updating. Apparently the system
is still carrying on because if I wait to reboot jobs in progress finish.
This seems to happen a lot when I am using the add new software app but also
happens otherwise.

I have a Radeon 9500.

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Answer #1    Answered On: Dec 06    

Did you do this step?
Enable "restricted" Repository
Make sure the restricted repository is enabled in /etc/apt/sources.list or this
guide will not work!
System > Administration > Software Sources. Check "Proprietary Drivers for
Devices (Restricted)" box.

 
Answer #2    Answered On: Dec 06    

In other words, go into synaptic, click on "settings" -> "repositories"
and when the dialog box comes up, click on the "software sources" tab
and enable "3rd party software" - which will then allow you to search
for and install the "ubuntu restricted packages.

But the behavior sounds completely pathological - I've never seen a
linux system fail to play music files - if the codecs were missing, it
would give me an error about the missing codecs, I'd install them, and
then we'd be good to go.

If this is 9.04, there are some well known performance problems so I'd
advise either go back one release to 8.10, or forward one release to 9.10

 
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