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Old 12-09-2004, 06:52 PM   #1
Registered: Feb 2004
Distribution: Debian UnStaBle
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Black Screen Of Death?

I'm running debian unstable and recently I've noticed problems with several games, namely starfighter, tuxracer, and blobwars (and probably a few others I haven't tried). When I run the game all that pops up is a black screen and the mouse pointer changes shape. This is usually in fullscreen mode, so I can't switch to anything else running. Starting a new console login works, so the system isn't frozen. Checking the process shows its not taking up any CPU cycles, but I can't kill it, not with any signal, not even as root. It's not changing PIDs or anything, just refusing to die. I thought this was just a fullscreen problem, but today I noticed the same behavior with blobwars which opens in a window. I can move and minimize this titleless window fine but still can't kill it in any way so right now its stuck taking up my taskbar space. Even weirder was I tried to start a second copy from a terminal emulator (to check for any error messages that might give me a clue) and blobwars started up fine! I don't even need to run from a terminal, the only requirement seems to be the dead copy still open. Anybody have the same problem or any ideas what's causing this weird behavior? I'm getting a little worried about these undead processes! Thanks
Old 12-10-2004, 08:26 PM   #2
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you've tried kill -s KILL <pid #> I take it?
Old 12-10-2004, 11:26 PM   #3
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yup, no effect


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