Hanging Linux? Freezing Linux?June 25, 2006
Okay, so the past few days I've been spending more and more time with Linux via the Mepis live CD. I've just been poking around, trying to see what can be done. While I did discover XsawTV was able to show my VHS-C camcorder on the computer monitor, I've not been able to capture it. And I have no idea if there are tools on the Mepis CD for burning a DVD.
I was showing my wife, Jane, some video of the kids at their Bible school program. I was also showing off our possibly new desktop of the future. I went to open a movie file, and Linux began opening the program and then froze. It just froze right there with no warning and absolutely no way to back out. No alt-ctrl -del maneuver or escape protocol. It just froze. Stuck. Jammed.
Nothing I knew to do except push and hold the power button until it shut down. Then push it again to start the boot-up process all over again. And this is not a short process.
Okay. Maybe it was a fluke, right? What are the odds of it happening again? With a totally different file…slim and none, right?
One of the little guilty pleasures I discovered was the racing Tux game. What a cool game! So after dinner, I thought I would just fly down the mountain and snatch a herring or two. I got into the start menu and located the game. The screen began to change and then…
Stuck. Hung. Froze. Again.
That ain't right. I have a very crippled and sick Windows OS that hasn't crashed that much.
I am less than impressed since this is the equivalent of Windows crashing from opening up a solitaire game. What's more, I know of no way to recover from such a thing, like the ubiquitous 3 finger salute we have in Windows. Which means a serious reboot, since neither mouse nor keyboard could get anything to respond. And rebooting takes several minutes.
What the hell could have gone wrong just playing this stupid little game that it crashed?
And how do I recover without having to do a hard boot?