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I have run into an interesting problem. An X application caused my X server to crash. This left the video totally frozen. I was able to partially get out of this situation by logging into my machine from another through ssh. I killed the offending process but things did not return to normal. The video was still frozen on my machine. So I tried starting X from the remote terminal. X came up and ran normally.
This is where I am stuck. Now when I try to switch back to a virtual console it does not switch to a text mode. All that changes is a black area appears in the upper left corner of the screen. I have discovered that that black area is showing what is on the virtual console. It does not show text. I believe it is the graphical representation of the virtual terminals text buffer in memory.
I have blindly tried logging in on a virtual terminal and entering 'reset', and 'echo [ctrl+v][esc]c'. These have no effect. I am sure a reboot would fix this but I am interested in a more elegant solution. Mainly because I am trying to see how long I can keep the system running without rebooting it.
For now I will try to make due with a "graphics mode" only environment. Though, I don't know how long I can hold out. If anyone has any tricks, please let me know.
Im frequently suffering from the same problem.. I fix it the same way you do, and sometimes starting a new X and shutting it down restores the VT:s back in order.. What kinda video hardware and X versions are you running? It would be nice to be able to narrow this problem down and some day find a cure.. d:
yeah, I was a tad suprised too to find out it actually has a driver.. it claims to be mainly for the onboard soundcard and ethernet, but since I dont use the sound and the ethernet works fine out of the box, I havnt installed the driver..
Could be just that its a tad buggy.. Getting weird errors from it upon boot.. *sigh*
Guess itll never be solved..