Alarming number of users getting hardlocks with Wine

Marcus Meissner marcus at
Thu May 24 13:35:41 CDT 2007

On Thu, May 24, 2007 at 11:19:23AM -0700, Scott Ritchie wrote:
> Reading the Ubuntu forums, I've noticed quite a few reports from users
> complaining about Wine deadlocking their system - keyboard unresponsive,
> with no solution but to restart the entire computer.
> Sometimes users report this problem after running ANY Wine process -
> even winecfg.
> I'm not sure what's causing the issue.  At first I thought it was a
> hardware thing (perhaps ATI's infamously terribly drivers), but would
> that still prevent winecfg from working?  Wine is a user-level process,
> it shouldn't be able to cause a hardlock under any circumstances, right?
> Anyone else seen these kinds of reports?

It is likely ATI or NVIDIA.

But yes, a broken graphics driver can cause user apps to deadlock the

Ciao, Marcus

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