Three days ago, Ubuntu crashed (not responding), and I typed ALT + Print + Reisub , it restarted as usual, but displayed a System is running in low-graphics mode message.

When I type my login and password in the terminal, a message blinks (so fast that I couldn't read it) and then it asks me to type in the login and password again.

I formatted my computer using Windows 7, and now as I run it, it is very slow. Ubuntu was far faster than, even though it is not as stable.

Anyway, is there a solution to use Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro), and prevent these system crashes and low-graphics messages from reappearing?

I really love Linux, but apparently it's unstable on my machine. What about the other distros?

  • How old is the computer? Several years? – Thomas Ward Oct 15 '15 at 12:05
  • What is the Ubuntu version? – Pilot6 Oct 15 '15 at 12:06
  • I bought it 2 years ago (2013), it's an aspire 5732Z – SmootQ Oct 15 '15 at 12:06
  • @Pilot6 Ubuntu version is 14.04 – SmootQ Oct 15 '15 at 12:06
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    @SmootQ it's Intel Integrated Graphics. WDDM is the type of driver (it can support Aero). Since you have an Acer, I'm going to say there is a problem with your computer. My Acer Aspire killed itself after about 3 years. During its lifetime, though, it just got worse and worse, to the point where it would freeze up and crash every 10 minutes, no matter what OS was on it. – TheWanderer Oct 15 '15 at 12:47

I have an Acer and had to change the hard disk after a couple of years.

Try running a smartctl test on the drive and see what it reports. Check out:

If the hard disk is messed up, things won't work well regardless of the OS. Changing the hard disk in my Acer Aspire, was very simple but I can't speak for your one. You need to check it first though.

  • Thank you so much for this precious answer, I'll check it out for sure. – SmootQ Oct 15 '15 at 16:40
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    Good man! An edit and an upvote! (Oh, and kids nowadays don't call them OpSys any more: just OS...) ;-) – Fabby Oct 15 '15 at 22:16
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    This way of adding comments and making changes after the event is new to me... or maybe it's old and I've forgotten it. One or the other :D – some-old-codger Oct 15 '15 at 22:24

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