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Old 12-27-2002, 09:07 PM   #1
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When screen Locks UP?

I have been running Mandrake 9 now for about 3-4 weeks and for the most part it seems very stable.
Tonight though I opend a game called Bomblaster-- and it locked up my computer to where I could do NOTHING. Only recourse I had was to hit reset button, I hesitatied to do this full well knowing it could damage my Linux system. But fortuantly it came up clean.

My question is what do you all do when this happens to you?
Is there a command I can try to kill all processes?
Like I said this thang was completely locked up.

Thanks and keep on rocking.....
Old 12-27-2002, 11:27 PM   #2
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1. There is a gui tool in KDE listing all running processes. If you can start it, you can also kill running (or frozen) processes with it.
2. Sometimes I switch to console (CTRL + ALT + F2), login as root, list the running processes (ps -ax), then kill the faulty process (killall programname) or an alternative (kill `cat /var/run/`).
3. If there is something wrong with the xserver, you can also kill that (CTRL + ALT + BACKSPACE), then restart it (startx).
If possible, it is always safer to restart the system by CTRL + ALT + DEL than by RESET. If it works, it produces a clean restart (unlike in windows).

Otherwise, I have never ever had to use the RESET button in Linux, except when I had a hardware problem, and when I had no swap partition (big mistake, but I was a green newbie then).

Last edited by J_Szucs; 12-27-2002 at 11:35 PM.
Old 12-28-2002, 12:28 AM   #3
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Thanks I have printed this out for future reference.
I worked on a Vendow$ network today and half the darn time I was waiting for the M$ reboot after doing anything. Install a file reboot- look at network neighborhood -reboot- scare Vendow$ reboot- crash....
Oh well I am thinkful to have a job- considering IT workers here in Dallas are suffering with a 60% unemployment rate.

I do have a dream of working with Linux somewhere some how--just don't know where just yet.


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