This issue may have come to light with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, but that is only because Ubuntu came out with their latest one before Fedora and openSUSE! The issue is actually an Intel vs. Kernel issue so it is going to effect every Linux distribution that upgrades to the newer kernel, and it is not realistic to think any distribution is going to stop updating. [Bug 541511] MASTER: [i855] GPU lockup (apport-crash) Computers with the Intel 85x graphics cards, which is common in Pentium M Centrino Laptops. The problem manifests itself as a complete lock up when the x server has started or shortly after the xserver has started. I know because this is what is happening to my laptop. Thankfully they are working on some sort of patch. It doesn't look complete but it may help. Possible "Patch" steps This is according to what I have received regarding this bug. I am hoping to perform this during the next Linux SIG (May 19, 2010) and will post an update if I find out anything. That's part of why I am putting it here, to reference as I go through the steps (and pray) to see if it works. summarized from http://glasen-hardt.de/ install the 855gm-patched kernel-modules include the 855gm-patched kernel-modules Code: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glasen/libdrm sudo add-apt-reposority ppa:glasen/855gm-fix update, upgrade repo Code: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get upgrade install the 855gm-patched kernel-modules Code: sudo apt-get install dkms linux-headers-generic 855gm-fix-dkms (OPTIONAL) Plymouth to Initial-Ramdisk, repare colour Code: echo "FRAMEBUFFER=yes" | sudo tee /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/splash sudo update-initramfs -u -k all purge the 855gm-patched kernel-modules Code: wget https://launchpad.net/~xorg-edgers/+archive/ppa/+files/ppa-purge_0.2.6_all.deb Code: sudo dpkg -i ppa-purge_0.2.6_all.deb Code: sudo ppa-purge ppa:glasen/intel-driver Code: sudo ppa-purge ppa:glasen/libdrm Code: sudo ppa-purge ppa:glasen/855gm-fix He has also provided a Live-CD of Ubuntu 10.04 with updated Intel-drivers and 855gm-patched kernel-modules. Just be aware that the Live-CD was modified as described: Some Other Possible Workarounds: There is an Ubuntu Wiki page that goes over some work-a-rounds labeled X/Bugs/Lucidi8xxFreezes where any one of these may help but none of them actually fixed the issue, or fully worked. If the above patch doesn't work then you may want to try one of these. The first one worked for me, and the page includes a means to make it so you don't have to manually put that in each and every time. Unfortunately it still crashes when playing any video. That work-around involved adding to the bootup command Code: i915.modeset=1 Request for feedback Let me know what experiences you have had, or patches/work-a-rounds you've tried and their success or non-success! Given time this should be worked out, but until then it is a pain in the patooie and looks to not be fixed in the coming Fedora 13 (due out this month) or openSUSE 11.3 (due out in July I think)!