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After installing the latest version of Mint (21.3) my laptop is getting hung from time to time. The installation was a fresh one done after formatting the hard disk. Sometimes booting doesn't complete. I get diverted and the command intramfs appears. After typing exit, a message indicating inode errors appears and I'm asked to fsck. That solves the problem and booting gets completed. But while working, at times the drives become read only and a message "A problem has been detected with your thumbnail cache. Fixing it will require administrative privilege.' appears in the Home directory. But it doesn't get repaired even after using the login password. I've run smartctl and other programs to check the hard drive and memory. Both are shown as error free. So is there a problem with the 21.3 version?
 


you can try from the terminal


dpkg --force-all --configure -a
then
sudo apt update
then
sudo apt --fix-broken install && apt-get -f install
then
Re-boot
 
Thanks. I'll try that and let you know. I'm using a Lenova Thinkpad Edge.
 
Tried it. No success. Terminal shows,

"dpkg: error: unable to access the dpkg database directory /var/lib/dpkg: Read-only file system"
 
then try from sudo apt update
 
That results in
Hit:1 https://updates.signal.org/desktop/apt xenial InRelease
Err:1 https://updates.signal.org/desktop/apt xenial InRelease
Couldn't create temporary file /tmp/apt.conf.wCiSFD for passing config to apt-key
Hit:2 https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com stable InRelease
Err:2 https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com stable InRelease
Couldn't create temporary file /tmp/apt.conf.QZviRo for passing config to apt-key
Hit:3 https://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease
Err:3 https://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb stable InRelease
Couldn't create temporary file /tmp/apt.conf.6p0Z0D for passing config to apt-key
... and it goes on.

Shall I reboot and try out these commands?
 
How new is your laptop, and what kernel are you running? Run the command inxi -Fxz in the terminal and post the results of it back here.
 
G'day Muru, Welcome to linux.org

There is absolutely no problem with the LM21.3 version...it is among the most reliable distros available, so it is most unusual to experience what you have.

I owuld reinstall.

Pay attention to the detail

There is a great deal of info in the link below.

Do not format the HDD before reinstalling. The installation process will do that for you.

Be sure to verify the .iso image


If you have any further questions, please ask.
 
Not my area but it looks like either the files have been re-named or the permissions changed.
 
G'day Muru, Welcome to linux.org

There is absolutely no problem with the LM21.3 version...it is among the most reliable distros available, so it is most unusual to experience what you have.

I owuld reinstall.

Pay attention to the detail

There is a great deal of info in the link below.

Do not format the HDD before reinstalling. The installation process will do that for you.

Be sure to verify the .iso image


If you have any further questions, please ask.

G'day Muru, Welcome to linux.org

There is absolutely no problem with the LM21.3 version...it is among the most reliable distros available, so it is most unusual to experience what you have.

I owuld reinstall.

Pay attention to the detail

There is a great deal of info in the link below.

Do not format the HDD before reinstalling. The installation process will do that for you.

Be sure to verify the .iso image


If you have any further questions, please ask.
I downloaded a fresh copy of the .iso file, verified it and did a fresh installation. The formatting was done through the installation. Mint is the only OS. Then there is an EFI partition, followed by three logical partitions in an extended partition. I changed the icon set to candy and sweet-purple. Could that be causing the problem?
 
After installing the latest version of Mint (21.3) my laptop is getting hung from time to time. The installation was a fresh one done after formatting the hard disk. Sometimes booting doesn't complete. I get diverted and the command intramfs appears. After typing exit, a message indicating inode errors appears and I'm asked to fsck. That solves the problem and booting gets completed. But while working, at times the drives become read only and a message "A problem has been detected with your thumbnail cache. Fixing it will require administrative privilege.' appears in the Home directory. But it doesn't get repaired even after using the login password. I've run smartctl and other programs to check the hard drive and memory. Both are shown as error free. So is there a problem with the 21.3 version?

Welcome to the Forum.
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I recently installed Mint Cinnamon 21.3 in Virtualbox and it ran perfectly. Why did you format the HDD...this is not needed because Mint formats and installs the Distro for you.

I highly doubt the thumbnail cache or cache has anything to do with this problem...
This shows thumbnail cache and after it's removed...
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This shows cache and after it's removed...
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Hardly anything to worry about...it might be the HDD...how old is it ?

It these things were to happen to me...the first thing I'd look at would be the Drive.
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Welcome to the Forum. View attachment 20609

I recently installed Mint Cinnamon 21.3 in Virtualbox and it ran perfectly. Why did you format the HDD...this is not needed because Mint formats and installs the Distro for you.

I highly doubt the thumbnail cache or cache has anything to do with this problem...
This shows thumbnail cache and after it's removed...
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This shows cache and after it's removed...
View attachment 20611

Hardly anything to worry about...it might be the HDD...how old is it ?

It these things were to happen to me...the first thing I'd look at would be the Drive. View attachment 20613
The laptop is 10 yrs old. I have checked the HDD and memory. No errors seen.
 
The laptop is 10 yrs old.
that would not be a problem, the one I am using [as I type this] is my now 14 yr old Del lappy as I am on holiday at he moment it is using Parrot home 6.2 for its OS, at home it would normally have the Mint LMDE6 drive in it or one of my other working drives Mint 21, MX, Debian, they all run faultlessly and are all fully updated.

as I said before
""Not my area but it looks like either the files have been re-named or the permissions changed.""
error Couldn't create temporary file /tmp/apt.conf. Usually denotes a lost/missing or corrupt file, his may be due to a corrupt installation or possibly something you have done in the past
 
When did you ""changed the icon set to candy and sweet-purple""....at what stage in the install did you do this??....please be specific.

The formatting was done through the installation
You did not format it yourself ?
I have checked the HDD and memory.
What did you use to check the HDD ?.....which app?
 
When did you ""changed the icon set to candy and sweet-purple""....at what stage in the install did you do this??....please be specific.


You did not format it yourself ?

What did you use to check the HDD ?.....which app?
The icons were changed after installation.

I formatted it using the 'something else' option.

The memory was checked from the installation USB. HDD was checked with smartctl.
 
Hi, can you please paste output of df -i on that lapotp?
Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on
tmpfs 959563 1038 958525 1% /run
/dev/sda1 6111232 626793 5484439 11% /
tmpfs 959563 63 959500 1% /dev/shm
tmpfs 959563 4 959559 1% /run/lock
/dev/sda2 0 0 0 - /boot/efi
tmpfs 191912 135 191777 1% /run/user/1000
/dev/sdb1 0 0 0 - /media/murali/0B88-FA56
/dev/sda6 0 0 0 - /media/murali/AUDIO-VIDEO
 
I downloaded a fresh copy of the .iso file, verified it and did a fresh installation. The formatting was done through the installation. Mint is the only OS. Then there is an EFI partition, followed by three logical partitions in an extended partition. I changed the icon set to candy and sweet-purple. Could that be causing the problem?
This seems anomalous. If the installation is UEFI, then there are usually gpt partitions, not logical partitions. A BIOS installation may have logical partitions with the partition table installed in the mbr. But even then, a BIOS mbr installation has primary partitions, and only logical partitions once the three out of four primary partitions have been allocated and the fourth primary partition can then be configured as the extended partition within which are located a number of logical partitions.

To check what sort of installation you have you can navigate to /sys/firmware/efi/efivars and see whether that directory is populated with files, or just run:
Code:
ls /sys/firmware/efi/efivars | wc -l
There should be around 75 files there if the installation is installed in UEFI mode.

If there are none, then the installation is likely the standard BIOS with an mbr job, and any efi partition would not be relevant, and waste of space.

The inode count in post #19 is fine, but that's not to say there isn't filesystem corruption. The fsck command can likely regularise the filesystem if the hard drive has no hardware issues.

If there is an issue with the thumbnail cache, it can be deleted:
Code:
rm -rf ~/.cache/thumbnails/*
and it usually gets re-created when the apps that use are used again.

The output of the following command might be useful to readers:
Code:
lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,FSVER,FSAVAIL,FSUSE%,MOUNTPOINTS
It will show the filesystem types, the available space and the mounts.
 


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