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So, I'm trying to get a mining rig working using Xubuntu.

I've been at this ALL DAY, like 14 hours and I can't get Xubuntu to be stable at all using version 13.10.

I tried both just running from a Live USB and actually installing it to a USB. (16 GB USB)

I get a lot of random shut downs when trying to install a program or upgrade a driver, freezing with no way to unfreeze it, when I boot sometimes it just won't load, sometimes the screen just turns into a while screen with differently colored spots all over it, among other problems.

The real reason I'm asking this question is because I decided to try Ubuntu on this same system to see if it was just Xubuntu and it appears like it is, I'm not having any problems on Ubuntu, whereas I have a whole ton of different problems on Xubuntu.

The hardware is:

  • Motherboard: Crosshair V Formula-Z
  • Graphics Card: AMD R9 280X (I have 4 of them, but I only have one connected right now until I can get things working)
  • CPU: AMD Athlon II X3 455
  • RAM: I have a single 4GB stick of Corsair Vengeance RAM, don't have a link or a Model Number.

I can just use Ubuntu for my mining OS but everyone seems to recommend Xubuntu because it's faster. Any recommendations on how I can fix it or even any speculations on what is causing the problems?

Update: I think the problem might be tied to my graphics card and the drivers. Ubuntu was just working fine until I updated the drivers for my graphics card and now it freezes all the time.

I've tried updating the drivers a few different ways. I've tried using the ones straight from the AMD website and fglrx(?) ones built into Linux as proprietary drivers, neither of them work.

Update 2: Another thing worth noting is that my motherboard only boots about half the time. I get a variety of different error messages and the motherboard never reaches post. The other half of the time it boots normally.

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I'm tempted to think it maybe just you. However, there are quite a few Xubuntu users at ubuntuforums.org who maybe able to help troubleshoot if you still want to give Xubuntu a try. Then there's also lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/xubuntu-users. –  user25656 Dec 8 '13 at 12:03

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