I started a discussion here, but no working answers: Blender Freezes
I downloaded blender-2.72-linux-glibc211-x86_64 from blender.org/download for Ubuntu. I extracted using the default archive extractor that ships with Ubuntu.
My hardware is, Intel i7, 8 Gig Ram, Graphics Intel Haswell Mobile, OS Type 64 bit.
I am using Nouveau display driver from x-org server. However, additional drivers indicate I have some nvidia drivers available to switch. Switching to any of them still makes blender crash.
I am not even able to kill the blender process when it freezes. The only way to stop it from running is logging out or restarting. Using kill processes from terminal or System monitor doesn't kill blender.
All applications run normal, except Blender which freezes totally, and Google Chrome which freezes for some 4 minutes after starting it, but it comes back to normal and I'm able to use.
Blender never recovers itself from the crash. Plus, I even tried running blender from terminal, to see if I'll be able to learn what happens, but I never get anything after the app crashes, and no logs as to what happens.
Any assistance will be much appreciated.