I'm having the same problem and would like an answer, too.
Originally Posted by LasseW
Try switch to another terminal window (ctrl-alt-F2) when the transition from rl1 to rl3 freezes.
Problem is, by the time rl3 freezes, the only thing that seems to work is Ctrl + Alt + Del, which restarts the computer. Ctrl + Alt + F1-Fw/e don't do crap.