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Sometimes my system freezes when I use my external USB HDD (Western Digital 500GB). I am using a freshly upgraded Ubuntu 11.10 installation.

The freeze is not reproducable but always happens right after I unplug the device. The last time it happened right after I clicked the "Eject" Button in the Gnome Shell notification that appears when you plug in an external drive.

It is a real freeze, I have to hard reset the system when it happens.

Any ideas?

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Is this issue strictly with GNOME Shell? Have you tried reproducing these freezes under Unity? – Christopher Kyle Horton Oct 18 '11 at 6:46
Also, you may want to take a look at this Ubuntu Wiki page on troubleshooting freezes, and possibly report a bug for it. – Christopher Kyle Horton Oct 18 '11 at 6:48
It has never ever happened before I started to use gnome-shell. But I can't be a 100% sure that it is strictly a gnome shell issue since I switched to gnome shell 1 day after I upgraded to oneiric. So it may have something to do with the upgrade.. When I'm back home I will give my best to reproduce it in gome-shell / unity. – imbaer Oct 18 '11 at 8:23
Vote to close as this seems to be a bug. – htorque Oct 27 '11 at 8:29
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As per the launchpad bugs - Upgrading to 3.0.6 kernel should solve the issue. Deb packages are available from;

Installation Guide (for amd64)

  1. Download the kernel headers package;

  2. And the appropriate package for your architecture;

  3. And the accompanying compiled kernel;

  4. Install the files in the same order

  5. In the terminal run: sudo update-grub
  6. Reboot and select the kernel from the bootloader menu
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I'm able to replicate the system freeze when using nautilus to un-mount a 1tb WD Passport.

I can safely remove it by calling

sudo umount /media/<MountPoint>
sudo /usr/local/sbin/ /dev/<disk> -v

The suspend script is available on github

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Thank's for your answer, I'll check it out in a few hours. – imbaer Oct 19 '11 at 8:30
What is interesting is I still get a freeze on my server using this script, but not on my desktop o_0 - so its not likely to be gnome related (server is headless) – Thermionix Oct 19 '11 at 22:11

This is definitely a bug. It happens to me on Unity too. I tried the script suspend-usb-device but my system got frozen again.

Opened bug on launchpad:

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