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Ubuntu: Problem with Crash out of Ubuntu GUI

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1) This is a Linux Ubuntu (version 10.04.3) workstation in the Enterprise environment
2) This machines
- getting the IP address from DHCP server
- LAN and internet work well in this machine

3) Problem:

i) My linux machine will periodically "crash" out of the Ubuntu GUI with a message about the screen resolution being set to low ....
ii) Then, I get another box that asks me what I want to do .....
iii) Two of the boxes, I have checked and led me back to the command line, and I have to login again.
iv) One of the boxes, I have checked printed out some status/technical text then either kept churning away or froze, but never gave me back a command line ...


4) I am a windows guy, and I need help from Linux Experts please

5) The GOAL: I often will leave a system running for days as I work on various tasks.

6) How to solve this problem?

7) Thank you

tjie
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Which GUI are you running, Gnome?
What is the resolution that you are using?
600x480
800x600
1024x768
1280x768
1280x1024?

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=822305
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/xorg

The setting you have might cause the graphics card to "crash" generate an error.
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by:tjie
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Hi arnold,

1) """" Which GUI are you running, Gnome?""""
Answer:
- I do not know
- How to check it?

2) """" What is the resolution that you are using?""""
Answer:
- I just do it by default ... (I did not configure anything)
- It is 800x600

3) The things that I will do:
- I will use the GUI
- Go to System > Preferences > Monitor
- I will select the resolution --> 1024x768
- and click APPLY

4) My questions:
- Will it solve the problem? (to achieve the goal: I often will leave a system running for days WITHOUT the above disturbances)

5) Thanks

tjie
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Ubuntu defaults to the orange ubuntu-desktop, GNOME.

Check whether you have the most current drives for the graphics Adapter that you have installed.

check the contents of /var/log/message to see whether that reports the cause for the failure.
IF you alter the resolution to 1280x1024 if your monitor supports it, see whether that stabilizes.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms811586.aspx
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/xorg

http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/ubuntu-linux-gnome-system-log-viewer/
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