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Old 02-28-2005, 03:55 PM   #16
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Thought I'd toss in my for fun.

Most of my hardware isn't compatable with Linux, so I've got stories...

If you have, say, bad RAM, there's not very much the OS can do about it.
One of my problems is bad RAM, so it's a case of suffer at the webbed feet of Tux or the claws of MS. Linux crashes less often than Windows once I tweak a bunch of config files.

Here's a summary of the last crash Linux had:

Had this been WinXP, this would have been a BSOD for sure.

I was downloading a rather big file (a DVD's ISO's size but it was just an archive), so since the download wasn't hogging RAM or CPU I decided to play a full screen solitare game I like while I waited. This game uses very little CPU & RAM, so it's no hog of resources and can usually multitask with other programs.

Keyword: "usually". It froze. No response to mouse or keyboard commands (F9 is a boss key in this program, and should have killed it) and the display blocked up and distorted.

Great: I'd downloaded 547 MB of the file.

BUT all of the lights and indicators on my hardware stated the download was chugging along like nothing happened.

If I attempt to CTRL-ALT-Backspace, I'll kill the download and have to start over. (This was not a BT or any kind of resumable download).

I thought up the solution. Should you have a fullscreen freeze, here's a trick.

1. Hit CTRL-ALT-F2 to switch to a terminal.
2. use the "ps -A" command to get a list of running processes.
3. use "kill ####" to kill the frozen process.
4. Hit CTRL-ALT-F7 to return to the GUI with the offending process gone.

Got my file, and got around a full screen freeze.
Old 02-28-2005, 07:11 PM   #17
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yup... linux does a good job of keeping regular programs away from the kernel, unlike windowze


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