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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...


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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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