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this has happened to me numerous times, this last one took me over the edge.. Sometimes for no apparent reason, X freezes totally. Nothing on the screen moves except the cursor if you move the mouse. As expected, clicking does no good. The coimputer wont take any keyboard input so hitting ctrl+alt+backspace is out of the question, also switching to virtual consoles is impossible. I can get access via ssh from my laptop tho. Now, the only smart thing I can think of in a situation like this is to kill the X that went nuts. This makes the screen go funny and the X clearly dies, except the machine is still frozen on tty7 and taking no input. Now, I remember there was this command to switch tty from the commandline, but I cant find what it was, and I doubt I could issue it remotely, and that it would work.
Previously I tried to fix this by changing runlevel. The only one that has any effect as in taking the jam away is the X runlevel. (automagic X startup) but thats not something I wana be using, as normal multiuser is my thing. If I init back tgo multiuser, the jam continues..
Im outta ideas, anyone got more? (:
Some sys info:
A quite highend machine (athlon xp 3000+ etc) running Slackware current with kernel 2.4.28.. The problem has persisted since and all the way thru slack 9.1, 10.0.. Running Xorg 6.8.0:
X Window System Version 6.8.0
Release Date: 8 September 2004
X Protocol Version 11, Revision 0, Release 6.8
Oh yeah, and the jam occures aswel with KDE and xfce so I doubt its tied to the windowmanager