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This is my first Linux install for a long time, and I'm having some challenges with system crashes.

I installed Mint, which froze solid within moments of first startup, then froze several more times in the first hour of use. And, lo, it was swiftly removed.

Then I installed Xubuntu which ran like a dream for 8 hours when little artefacts began to appear, almost like stars in the desktop-sky. They grew in number through the day, then artefacts were in the mouse pointer, purple lines flashed across the desktop. Then the system froze solid.

I rebooted into Win XP and the graphics were completely screwed, only icons appeared, no desktop wallpaper.

I shut down and left it off all night. Boot in the morning to XP and everything's fine. Reboot into Xubuntu, everything's still fine.

  • System info:
  • Dell Precision 390
  • Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2 GB Ram
  • Onboard graphics
  • Res: 1280x1024 @ 60 Hz

Now I've read that Intel onboard graphics causes some problems, but it seems to work fine, for hours, then it falls apart.

I can't understand the problem- the computer wasn't doing anything all day. Screensaver was just 'blank screen'. I'd tested youtube etc but nothing was running.

I have only installed Skype, Chrome, flash, and another language.

If you have any thoughts I'm all ears. my first thought is to get a basic graphics card to see if that fixes things.

I anticipated transitioning to Linux having a few false starts and challenges, but I'm not ready to quit yet...

Thank you in advance.

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Sounds like a hardware problem. Even Intel graphics of the Core2Duo era should work reasonably well. – mikewhatever Apr 6 '14 at 21:55

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I have a Core2Duo and 2 lower spec Pentium dual cores, all 3 have onboard Intel graphics and all run various version of Xubuntu (and Ubuntu/Kubuntu) without problem, the GPU is plenty powerful enough for desktop usage.

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Welp, thank you. probably worth trying something else other than graphics card first of all. – user265455 Apr 7 '14 at 10:42

To answer the main question, Yes. Your onboard graphics are powerful enough to run Xbuntu. If trying a new graphics card doesn't work, I would take a look at your RAM and do a memory check. It sounds like an old machine so it could be anything that could be "broken".

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thank you, yes, although i asked the question, I knew the graphics were capable, but the symptoms seemed like a gpu overheat, especially since rebooting into XP was so messy, until the next morning when things were dandy again. thank you for taking the time to comment and suggest ram. I'll run a test, although no comparable problems show up in XP. – user265455 Apr 7 '14 at 10:41

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