Running Pop OS 22.04 LTS
Ryzen 5 3500U
8 GB DDR4 2400 mhrz
Acer 512 GB NVME SSD
My laptop randomly crashes. Firefox will close randomly and then nothing will open until i hold the power button and hard reset it. I figured it was a memory issue. I couldn’t figure out how to use Memtest86+ but I did have a bunch of known good ram I cycled through this machine and they all crashed (5 sticks in dual and single channel configs). I even checked system logs but I have no idea what I’m looking for. I noticed a bunch of system shutdown errors, but nothing that looked familiar or useful to me. The issue has exacerbated when I downloaded VSCode to do Python code with my fiance and it crashed after a few minutes of writing and running my 10 line python code (Note: I did not have this issue with VIM as regularly. I could write and test for a hours without issue.)
I’m new to Linux trouble shooting so I’m willing to accept this is a skill issue, but I’ve had stability issues like this with Pop Os a lot recently. It was similarly unstable on my HP Victus with an i5 12th gen and GTX 1650. I was considering switching to Fedora to try Arch, but I do kinda like pop’s vibe.
Any idea what might be the issue? How to check and see the issues?
Is hardware acceleration enabled in Firefox? That might do it.
Otherwise, the other issues I’ve had with things crashing to desktop in Pop!_OS so far were related to igpu and dgpu getting into a slap fight about who was prettier. Doesn’t look like that would apply for the E495 though since it’s igpu only.
Did you install from the intel/amd iso or the nvidia iso?
EDIT: Appears you can disable hardware accel for VS Code as well:
When you say nothing will open, is it as if the screen is frozen entirely? Like, say, if music or a video was playing that’s still going but the entire desktop is frozen on whatever frame it had at the time?