Thanks for your quick reply! I feel much better. I did a google search and found the following link:
the person's explanation (below) was exactly what happened to me. I have taken the liberty of removing the expletive from the post! Now, if anyone could explain to me what it all means, that would be great. However, for now (thanks to Mezzymeat), i feel relieved.
My Dell inspron 8000 laptop running debian with 1 2.4.19 kernel
just crashed in a way that was very un linux like. Sadly I was not present
for the entire crash so I don't know the details, but when I returned the
center of the screen was white with text on it (like a sun when you hit
stop-a) and there was a bunch of text that included an error message about
a bad trap. Then the screen said "resetting" and the screen went black
except for a sad computer face (quite a bit like when an old mac booted up
unhappy.) It rebooted OK (ext3 filesystems).
Uhhhhh... I hate to play completely dumb here, but are you sure this
wasn't Xscreensaver's BSOD module?
What happened when you tried to type? (Or did you just hit the power
1. What the f*** happened?
Those two things together? The above is all I can think of.
2. How do I keep it from happening again?
Run xscreensaver-demo and uncheck BSOD, if I'm right. Or just know
that your computer does not, have OpenFirmware, and can't spout
messages like a Sun, nor does it have Mac ROMs, so it can't display
the Sad Mac. Well, it can, but it'd all have to be in software...