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aquaboot 06-07-2008 01:17 PM

Gnome freezes- how can I escape?
Hi All,

I'm running debian lenny and have a problem. When the screensaver comes on, it will eventually freeze. No key stroke or mouse wobble will activate the desktop. So i went to look at my screensavers settings. When I open the screensavers preferences window, it freezes my entire gnome session. Any clues as to what's going on? Also, in the short run, how can I escape from a frozen gnome session (EVERYTHING is frozen, including gnome-terminal) without a hard reboot?

Many Thanks,


oskar 06-07-2008 03:55 PM

ctrl-alt-backspace should kill the x-server.

I don't know about the screensaver problem. Maybe you can remove it altogether. Search for screensaver in synaptic... that's the best I got :)

aquaboot 06-08-2008 09:59 PM

Thanks for the reply Oskar. ctrl-alt-backspace is exactly what I needed to know. :cool:


lurko 06-09-2008 08:21 PM

In some cases where ctrl-alt-backspace has no effect, the Magic SysRq key and a mnemonic device almost always does.

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