So I have Ubuntu 22.04.1 running on a fairly new desktop (specs below). Since installation there always have been some minor freezes here and there, but nothing that couldn't be fixed by rebooting or reinstalling the Nvidia driver. The issue has, however, escalated a few days ago when I shut it down after it had been running smoothly for over a week. Currently it has become next to unusable; the desktop would freeze randomly, sometimes immediately after reboot, other times a few hours later. When this happens, the system goes completely unresponsive.
It should be noted that before shutting down, which I did due to background processes taking up too much RAM and swap, I had run
swapoff, but interrupted it before it could finish. I'm not sure whether this could have caused what I'm experiencing right now.
Things I've tried so far
I read through
/var/log/syslogseveral times after this happens, nothing special is spotted since every time it looks a bit different and no apparent error message is shown.
The SysRq keys never worked.
I tried reinstalling Ubuntu 22.04.1 on an empty SSD (after
nvme format) and an HDD, neither helped.
nvmeutilities don't report any severe disk errors, apart from 3
UNCerrors on the HDD.
iommudidn't affect anything.
memtesterwith 30 GB RAM tested didn't report any errors.
When the freezing happens,
nvidia-smi(when I have driver installed) don't show any abnormal activities (temperatures are low etc). The issue persists even with only the default GPU driver (
At first booting from a live USB was relatively stable, but now the same thing happens as well. I have tried 22.04.1 and 20.04.5 with this one.
Removing the graphics card altogether doesn't change anything.
This may be related, after removing the CPU cooler I found out that a plastic film that should have been removed was in between the cooler and the processor (the PC was assembled by a local hardware store), so basically the CPU had been running for almost a year without proper cooling. Before this, the CPU temperature was constantly at ~90 C as reported in the BIOS. After its removal, the temperature dropped significantly (to ~40 C), yet things regarding the freezing didn't seem to have changed.
Motherboard: ASUS TUF Gaming H670-Pro Wifi D4
Processor: Intel i9-12900K
GPU: RTX-3070Ti (manufacturer Zotac)
RAM: 16GB x 2 DDR4 2667 MHz (XPG)
- WD Black SN750 SE 1TB SSD
- Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD
I believe this is a hardware issue, but I'm not sure what the next step of diagnosing the problem might be. Any ideas or comments are appreciated.