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hey all, i got mandrake 9.0 installed, and had some problems that you guys gave me the answer to fix. my only problem now is, i tried to play the game that comes iwth mandrake 9.0, the one that is a bomberman clone, and when i tried to play it, it went to full screen, and everything was fine. when i tried to exit out of it, it exited, and went back to my kde desktop thingy. but the computer had froze!!!! i had only been using linux for like 20 minutes total, and i havn't changed any config settings etc... can someone help me with why it froze and how i can fix this problem so it doesn't happen with other programs. i hate waiting while it does the slow check when you restart your computer after a freeze. thanx in advance
Did it freeze completely? Try pressing <CTRL>+<ALT>+<BackSpace> to kill the X server. Usually, with Mandy's default settings, the X server will pop back up again and present you with a login screen. If this doesn't work, then try switching to another terminal (<CTRL>+<ALT>+<Fn> where Fn is beteen F1 and F6). You should be presented with a text login screen.
Unlike in Windows, certain 'deadly' key presses such as CAD (ctrl+alt+delete) have no effect unless explicitly defined somewhere (I can't remember where ). CAB (backspace), however, is a part of X, so if the problems are with X, pressing CAB should work. Unfortunately sometimes X can crash so spectacularly that it doesn't take any notice of its own defined key presses, but CAFn (or rather AFn, but it doesn't hurt to put the extra ctrl in anyway ) is not an X thing, it's a kernel thing, so that should work anyway... unless the whole lot has gone down!
:edit: Don't know what happened there! It was a perfectly good post until I read it today - for some strange reason, there was a couple of lines about modprobing NVDriver... weird :edit: