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Mint Lockup

Currently, I’m having an issue with Linux Mint: it locks up on me randomly. But like every person with a computer problem, my problem isn’t exactly like those experienced by anyone else. It’s like this guy: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/linux-mint-locking-up-904906/
but the solution maybe found here:
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=86750&start=100

Basically, the desktop GUI locks up. The mouse still works. I can select different things. I typically have 3 new desktops open when it happens but not always. The programs I had open keep working but not the ones I just recently opened. I happen to be running the OS off an external hard drive, but I doubt that’s the issue. The forum above (with the supposed solution) says its the Gnome desktop, the GUI environment control. Makes sense. If I find the solution, I’ll post it here.

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