Thanks for the info. In my case, neither the mouse nor the keyboard are responsive when it's freezing up. I was hoping there was some equivalent of a 'Ctrl-Alt-Delete' key combo, as there are times when Windows misbehaves that the 3-finger salute is the only was to kill an offending task.
Hmm......not sure what the problem could be
I've run the Linux update, so that's all up-to-speed. All I can think of from there is that it's something to do with multimedia apps - when I was on the net, I think I was testing watch instantly on Netflix with Firefox, or something to that effect. Before the movie even started playing, the pc froze.
In reality, all I really use this laptop for is Openoffice, email, and the internet, so Mint seems like a good choice for it, given the age of the platform (Thinkpad T40). Wish I could get it to work stable-like