1. There is a gui tool in KDE listing all running processes. If you can start it, you can also kill running (or frozen) processes with it.
2. Sometimes I switch to console (CTRL + ALT + F2), login as root, list the running processes (ps -ax), then kill the faulty process (killall programname) or an alternative (kill `cat /var/run/programname.pid`).
3. If there is something wrong with the xserver, you can also kill that (CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE), then restart it (startx).
If possible, it is always safer to restart the system by CTRL + ALT + DEL than by RESET. If it works, it produces a clean restart (unlike in windows).
Otherwise, I have never ever had to use the RESET button in Linux, except when I had a hardware problem, and when I had no swap partition (big mistake, but I was a green newbie then).
Last edited by J_Szucs; 12-27-2002 at 11:35 PM.