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Old 12-08-2003, 07:18 PM   #1
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Question Process to use when X locks up ???

Just wondering what process to take when; uh, AHEM... if, X locks up.

I am running SuSE 9.0. I have not had problems with this distro (yea!) but have had in the past. I know what to do when a program locks / stops responding, but what process should I take when everything on my GUI screen freezes.

I know to try CTRL-ALT-BACKSPACE. But what to do if that does not help. Am I left with just smackin' the power button off?



Old 12-08-2003, 07:29 PM   #2
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Not much help, but I just pop the reset button .. hehe : )
Old 12-08-2003, 07:32 PM   #3
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If your system is actually alive, you can press ctrl+alt+f1 to go to a console, login as root, do a top and kill the guilty process.

However i think if ctrl-alt-bks doesn't work, you have some low level problem, so there's actually nothing to do

I had a similar problem: from time to time, the sound card didn't disconnect from pci bus, so the system froze, not being able even to access ram! I solved it (after several months) when creative released a firmware upgrade.
Old 12-08-2003, 07:40 PM   #4
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Thanks ac, that is kinda what i was thinking. However, i didnt know about ctrl+alt+f1, thanks!

Any other ideas would be appreciated...

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ssh/telnet from remote box? :)

Or you could build a watch-dog (card) ;)
that can trigger events by other means
than mouse, keyboard or net ... like
watchcat for OS/2, using the joystick :)



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