When I go to the Desktop and click on a media icon (for my flash drive, a CD, whatever it is), the following problems occur, in this approximate sequence:
- Nautilus will close if it's open.
- the desktop icons disappear
- my Window List shows a button that says "Starting File Manager"
- the icons reappear
- the button in Window List disappears
Because of this problem, I can no longer drag and drop media, nor can I right-click to perform actions such as "Eject" and "Safely Remove Drive".
The same symptoms occur if I click a media icon (that is also present on the desktop) in Nautilus' Computer view, though notably not if I click in the places list on the left.
I have confirmed that this problem happens only if there is a CD in the drive (Matshita UJDA360).
Also, inserting a disc into the CD drive appears to kill all running programs and restart Nautilus (or X; I'm not sure). Applications like Brasero and Rhythmbox will not start while there is a disc in the drive. Removing the disc doesn't result in the list of media updating; it must be forced to update by clicking on one of the desktop icons and going through one of the above-described cycles.
It doesn't seem to matter what type of disc is in the drive. This has happened with CD-RWs I burned years ago using Roxio on Windows XP, the Ubuntu disc I installed from (burned with InfraRecorder Portable under Windows XP), and the retail game disc for Star Trek Armada II.
The first indication of a problem was Brasero dying when I tried to insert a disc for erasure and rewriting. Since then, I've drafted several different questions on various issues, finally combining them into this one when I realized that having a CD in the drive was the common link.
Could this be a simple driver issue? If Ubuntu is dynamically detecting my hardware on boot, can I specify drivers for devices that I know will be a problem if the default files are used?
I'm beginning to think that my laptop, an old Dell Inspiron 2650, is just too old or proprietary-driver-hungry (or something, maybe RAM-starved) for Ubuntu and Windows XP to play nicely alongside each other. Or maybe I just need to carefully take my wall-wart machine to a coffee shop for an afternoon so I can download updates and such from the Internet, as I lack a home connection.
$ tail /var/log/messages Feb 14 02:17:19 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 27.997962] [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: Allocating FIFO number 1 Feb 14 02:17:19 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 27.999175] [drm] nouveau 0000:01:00.0: nouveau_channel_alloc: initialised FIFO 1 Feb 14 02:17:22 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 31.042600] EXT4-fs (sda5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,commit=0 Feb 14 02:17:25 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 33.352617] EXT4-fs (sda5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,commit=0 Feb 14 02:17:39 Ubuntu2650 pulseaudio: ratelimit.c: 2 events suppressed Feb 14 02:18:27 Ubuntu2650 pulseaudio: ratelimit.c: 1 events suppressed Feb 14 02:18:36 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 105.189977] show_signal_msg: 9 callbacks suppressed Feb 14 02:18:36 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 105.189989] nautilus: segfault at a349000 ip 04fdb446 sp b33d5f90 error 4 in libbrasero-media.so.1.2.0[4fca000+21000] Feb 14 02:18:48 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 116.282854] nautilus: segfault at 85cb000 ip 01c1c446 sp ae706f90 error 4 in libbrasero-media.so.1.2.0[1c0b000+21000] Feb 14 02:20:06 Ubuntu2650 kernel: [ 194.935572] nautilus: segfault at 9b59008 ip 03ea2446 sp af024f90 error 4 in libbrasero-media.so.1.2.0[3e91000+21000]