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can't open any folder

asked 2012-12-31 07:26:36 -0500

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updated 2012-12-31 07:47:19 -0500

I cant do anything. I can move my cursor, but I can't open any folder, it starts thinking and then nothing happens. When I am trying to go to the low left corner to open any program it thinks very slow and then can't open it. I just don't know how to describe it. Simply nothing works. I am trying to open Firefox - a long hard thinking, there is a track of cursors when you moving cursor, than nothing happens. It just stops thinking.

What I think can be wrong. When I was working last time I downloaded some archived files. Ordinary, when I download files they go to some folder and next time, when I turn on my computer all this files start executing (I don't know why). It it is music, it starts playing, if it is pdf file, it opens. All automatically, without me. To stop this I should move this files to some other folder. So, I think now, when I turning on my computer, it is trying to open this archived files which I downloaded last time, and something goes wrong. And it just doesn't work at all. Nothing just works.

I tried to open hark disk on another computer (with ubuntu) - it doesn't works, I can see only 400 Mb or something like that. Yet my hard disk is 500 Gb.

Now I just don't know what to do. What can I do? My description must be not very helpful, but I am just user. My Fedora is in Russian. It is version 15.

Please help. Don't want to lose all my personal informations, photos, diaries and everything.

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answered 2012-12-31 08:53:54 -0500

Let us try a few things to narrow down your issue:

  • Check to see if any filesystems are full with df -h . If you don't have 90% or more free space, delete until you do. Pay special attention to /tmp and /home.
    • Open top in a separate TTY (Ctl+Alt+F3) and watch it to see what process is doing the 'thinking' .
    • Check the integrity of your drive with smartctl . smartctl -a /dev/sda is probably appropriate if you have a single drive.
    • Read /var/log/messages for anything that might indicate a problem. Paste it online and the link here if you aren't sure.
    • Run a yum update and reboot, if you can.

Please comment back to let us know your results, so we can further assist.

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