Unfreezes if you can ssh in
I am seeing the same problem on a newly built system. AMD 2400 Athlon XP, ASUS A7V8X, Apollo GF4 with 4MB, LiteOn CDRW drive, and system memory at 256MB of DDR RAM. Running Debian unstable and 2.6.latest-I-think kernel.
If you can ssh or telnet in to the box and kill the CPU-hogging XFree86 process (the X server) then X restarts and you "unfreeze". I can run a VNC session from another system into the box "forever"; it's just a local console freeze. Like the initial poster, the mouse seems to "work", but no mouse clicks nor any keyboard input works. The system also doesn't respond to the soft power button. But "kill -9" from your VNC session or an ssh connection works just fine...
Unfortunately I have found no way to keep the freeze from happening, and I cannot always ssh back in. The box is for my someone else who is not on my network; I found the ssh trick (and the hot process via top) when the box was on my LAN.
This is an old thread; anyone else come up with the solution?
Last edited by uncleop; 10-12-2004 at 11:38 AM.