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Old 06-25-2005, 01:01 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: OpenSUSE 10.3 , 11.2 , Solaris 10, Ubuntu 9.10
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Lightbulb Quick Tips for LINUX CRASH/HANG

Have you got bored when your most stable OS crashed in front of your eyes and have to press reset button and lose all the data you are working with.

There's a way to get around of this problem =>
(works only if XServer,KDE,GENOME or similar crash, haven't tried in kernel crash! may work)

Hold on the following key combination :

CTRL+ALT+F1 or CTRL+ALT+Fn (n = as you wish , 1,2,3,..11)

you will be prompted by similar (may not be same) screen (textual/console) :=

Red Hat Linux (

give your username and password , (eg root,xyz)

if above information is correct then you will be prompted as

[username xxxxx ~]#

give command

"shutdown -h now" to shutdown the pc
"shutdown -r now" to restart the pc

Don't worry all data will be saved (if autosave feature is enabled) and system will shutdown /restart as normal with out any data loss.

you can see the shutdown progress. ENJOY

Happy Linuxing
Old 06-25-2005, 01:19 PM   #2
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It won't work if you have a serious kernel crash. To be honest you shouldn't need to reboot if it is just X that crashes. Just kill it and start it again.
Old 06-25-2005, 01:23 PM   #3
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Then Kill the xserver only . But Kiiling XServer means Losing all the GUI Applications , it can not be helped ! Espesally if you are using front end of various system process or using OpenOffice/KOffice etc.

then Virtually you have to restart the pc if xserver hangs.

Last edited by thandermax; 06-25-2005 at 01:26 PM.
Old 06-25-2005, 01:24 PM   #4
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if you're really bored just CTL+ALT+ESC and left click an open spot on the desktop.


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