Catastophic failure of Ubuntu 18.04 when playing any videos

Within minutes of playing any videos in any browser my whole system hangs and the only thing I can do to recover it is to do a hard reset by pressing the power button. Sometimes I still have the use of a mouse for a minute, then it freezes on screen. Sometimes the audio is in a tight loop repeating over and over again. Keyboard is dead so I cannot kill or soft reboot system.

I have researched my problem and looked at many questions with similar problems, also bug reports and my own log files to try to figure out what is going wrong but to no avail. (Too many cryptic messages for me to understand!)

I first thought it might be a microcode file issue, so I updated that but the date on the file is always updated to 2010-09-28. Seems old to me.

Then I have tried different graphic drivers. I am now using:

All this has failed to resolve the Catastrophe failure of My System when ever I playing videos in a browser. (Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Vivaldi)

Memory at reboot of My System

Every 5.0s: free -m 6

MySystem : Mon Jul 29 12:31:50 2019

Vars: total used free shared buff/cache available
Mem: 3752 1904 568 69 1280 1540
Swap: 7627 0 7627


This seems to be a very old update! I have tried to update this file many different ways, but it is always the same update version.

dmesg | grep microcode

[ 0.000000] microcode: microcode updated early to revision 0xa0b, date = 2010-09-28
[ 0.030880] MDS: Vulnerable: Clear CPU buffers attempted, no microcode
[ 1.243117] microcode: sig=0x1067a, pf=0x10, revision=0xa0b
[ 1.243185] microcode: Microcode Update Driver: v2.2.

My processor

cat /proc/cpuinfo

processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 23
model name : Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8200 @ 2.33GHz
stepping : 10
microcode : 0xa0b
cpu MHz : 2005.075
cache size : 2048 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 4
core id : 0
cpu cores : 4
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 13
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl cpuid aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 xsave lahf_lm pti dtherm
bugs : cpu_meltdown spectre_v1 spectre_v2 spec_store_bypass l1tf mds
bogomips : 4678.51
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

My Ubuntu System

inxi -F

System: Host: Computer-One Kernel: 4.15.0-55-generic x86_64 bits: 64 Desktop: Gnome 3.28.4 Distro: Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS

Machine: Device: desktop Mobo: MSI model: P43 Neo-F (MS-7519) v: 1.0

serial: N/A

BIOS: American Megatrends v: V1.12 date: 01/18/2010

CPU: Quad core Intel Core2 Quad Q8200 (-MCP-)

       cache: 2048 KB        clock speeds:         max: 2336 MHz         1: 2005 MHz         2: 2005 MHz         3: 2005 MHz        4: 2005 MHz 

Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G94 [GeForce 9600 GT]

       Display Server: x11 (X.Org 1.19.6 )         drivers: nvidia (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa,nouveau)         Resolution: 1360x768@60.02hz         OpenGL: renderer: GeForce 9600 GT/PCIe/SSE2         version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 340.107 

Audio: Card-1 Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel

       Card-2 C-Media Audio Adapter (Planet UP-100 Genius G-Talk)        driver: USB Audio         Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.15.0-55-generic 

Network: Card: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCIE Gigabit Ethernet Controller driver: r8169

       IF: enp4s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full         mac: 00:21:85:5c:73:50 

Drives: HDD Total Size: 2000.4GB (18.8% used)

       ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST2000DM006 size: 2000.4GB 

Partition: ID-1: / size: 39G used: 27G (73%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5

       ID-2: /boot size: 961M used: 147M (17%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda1         ID-3: /home size: 1.8T used: 317G (19%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda7         ID-4: swap-1 size: 8.00GB used: 0.00GB (0%)         fs: swap dev: /dev/sda6 

RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present

Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 34.0C mobo: N/A gpu: 36C Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A

Info: Processes: 340 Uptime: 18 min Memory: 2046.4/3752.6MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.56

When loading app this error occurs


(nvidia-settings:5839): GLib-GObject-CRITICAL **: 12:37:36.539: g_object_unref: assertion ‘G_IS_OBJECT (object)’ failed

ERROR: nvidia-settings could not find the registry key file. This file should have been installed along with this driver at either /usr/share/nvidia/nvidia-application-profiles-340.107-key-documentation or /usr/share/nvidia/nvidia-application-profiles-key-documentation. The application profiles will continue to work, but values cannot be prepopulated or validated, and will not be listed in the help text. Please see the README for possible values and descriptions.

** (nvidia-settings:5839): WARNING **: 12:37:36.853: PRIME: Failed to execute child process “/usr/bin/prime-supported” (No such file or directory) ** Message: 12:37:36.853: PRIME: is it supported? no

Thanks in advice for any help or advice.