Using an eMachines ET1331G-03w. The first thing I do on a new install is get Google Chrome. Every time I attempt to visit google.com/chrome, the screen does this crazy thing and the system becomes unusable. What are the possible causes? I haven't tried installing regular Ubuntu yet.

  • What are the results of running the command: ubuntu-drivers devices to identify a possible missing NVIDIA graphics driver? – karel Nov 6 '14 at 7:18
  • phm@LuckyCompCo:~$ ubuntu-drivers devices == /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:0d.0 == vendor : NVIDIA Corporation modalias : pci:v000010DEd000003D0sv00001025sd00000181bc03sc00i00 model : C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] driver : xserver-xorg-video-nouveau - distro free builtin driver : nvidia-173 - distro non-free driver : nvidia-304 - distro non-free recommended driver : nvidia-304-updates - distro non-free – Paul Nov 6 '14 at 14:50
  • I finished installing updates and then tried visiting google.com/chrome again. This time it briefly froze only inside the Firefox window, but then the whole screen went on to freeze within about 10 seconds. On a previous attempt to install, I changed these drivers with no good results. – Paul Nov 6 '14 at 14:52

The output of ubuntu-drivers devices tells you to install the nvidia-304-updates recommended graphics driver for your NVIDIA GPU. If you haven't already installed nvidia-304-updates, the way to install it from the terminal is:

sudo apt-get install nvidia-304-updates  
sudo reboot  
  • It actually is the onboard, so I'm hoping that installing updates works. Anything else to try if that doesn't work? – Paul Nov 6 '14 at 15:07
  • Installing the updates worked. Currently on Xubuntu, in Chrome, adding this comment. Thanks! – Paul Nov 6 '14 at 15:35
  • I am SO HAPPY that installing the updates worked because buying a new discrete graphics card for an old computer can be a real hassle, and worse than that sometimes it solves nothing, in case your freezing problem was caused by a different hardware issue. – karel Nov 6 '14 at 15:41
  • Though, the specs on this machine might surprise you: engadget.com/products/emachines/et1331g-03w/specs – Paul Nov 6 '14 at 17:47

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