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I have ubuntu 10.10 32bit running on my Asus EEEPC 1005PX. I am experiencing frequent desktop crashes. When I turn on my netbook at least once in 5 times the defualt ubuntu theme disapears and the classic gnome theme appears. Many times while doing some work, the desktop crashes and the CLI gets shown, and after a few seconds the login screen appers. I am not using any widgets or dock bars, I just have a single gnome panel with default menus. The crashes also happen when using the default bundled ubuntu apps. Is there any way to avoid these crashes?

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Do you get an error message from Gnomes crashreporter? Can you put the contents of /var/log/messages and /var/log/kern.log on Hardware failures like bad RAM can also cause crashes. Boot to "Memory test" and leave it running for a few hours. – Lekensteyn Jan 29 '11 at 15:03
This question appears to be abandoned and unanswered, could you perhaps add more detail to your question? If you are experiencing a similar issue please ask a new question with details pertaining to your problem. If you feel this question is not abandoned, then please flag explaining that (as well as editing your question with any details you have). – James Jan 25 '12 at 22:48
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I'm having the same problem but not very frequently at all, try opening another window(CTRL+ALT+F6) and startx from there, if the process is already active and you can't have it running twice try to kill it, looking for the process number with ps aux, then kill proc_number. I'm not sure if ps aux gives the processes started in another session.

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ps aux | grep 'searchTermHere' will let you search for it. ps aux also gives all of the process. – Joe the Person Jul 24 '11 at 17:05

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