Am using openSUSE 12.1 (x86_64) with GNOME (not 12.2) and similar problems occured prior to my upgrade to 12.1.

Similar problem not frequent, however enough times need find solution other than turning the power OFF.

Each time appears at first glance to be a freeze/lockups, mouse still moves about, nothing else seems to respond, though clock keeps ticking.

For self, not yet identified IF exist common issues, apart from each time a user was logged in, then screen locked, then not done anything for over half an hour.

Noticed freeze is NOT total, as moving mouse over top of screen, looking at the top of screen application selectors, can see these open up - whilst easy to miss, as most remains hidden below desktop display image.

From another pc using Samba able to access my /home so could work with files, at least know the computer was not totally frozen :slight_smile:
While using Samba copied .xsession-errors (a hidden file) into my problems folder so can look again later…
Samba disconnected from frozen computer

[Need learn how to connect from elsewhere using [b]NFS ]

Back to the frozen computer where found able to use Ctrl+Alt+F2 to open a full screen terminal !

Logged in then used top, however no ideas obvious to my NON-Technical mind…

Logged out, then logged back in as root, gave command shutdown -P now

Short recess, then returned and restarted,

This method hopefully improvement upon just disconnecting power…

Some differences, is this similar to the problem below ?


So most computer locks are due to hardware issues. That could mean a hardware problem, but can also mean a defective driver, incompatible support and ever so often, some sort of program bug. It would be nice to know more about your hardware. The number one common issue is video driver problems which require the loading of a proprietary video driver. If you can do Ctrl-Alt-F1, F2, F3, F4, F5 or F6 each open up a Console Session then you then use/try Ctrl-Alt-F7 to switch back as that some times will unfreeze your computer. After you load up a terminal session, you can log in as root and issue these commands to reboot your PC:

init 3

Do this to stay away from the power switch or reboot button which is challenging fate every time you do that in any computer Operating System which after repeated usage can corrupt your hard drive data. For info from the many log files, have a look at this bash script:

S.L.A.V.E. - SuSE Logfile Automated Viewer Engine - Version 2.60 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Thank You,

Managed to log in, then exit, as user/root to the virtual consoles Ctrl+Alt+F1 to** F6**.

Ctrl+Alt+F7 took me to another console - an X server ? which appeared not (started or) completed :

Started LSB : Starts the xinet daemon. Be aware that xinetd doesn’t st… [OK]
(new line indented) Starting Console Manager…
(new line indented) Starting Accounts Service…
(new line indented) Started Accounts Service [OK]
(new line indented) Started Console Manager [OK]
(empty screen)

Wonder IF this related to the new console display arrangements starting opensuse 12.1 ?

** Ctrl+Alt+F8** each time brings me back to my original screen GNOME service.

Helpful were Eliah Kagan’s Ctrl+Alt+F* information here : command line - Reverting from Ctrl - Alt - F1 - Ask Ubuntu

Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6 are the virtual consoles provided by the getty/agetty programs. Ctrl+Alt+F7 is the console where your X server is running. The GUI (Gnome/KDE or any other) runs over X. So to get back into your GUI window manager: type:







Holding down Ctrl is only necessary when switching from the GUI to a text-based virtual console. Switching from one text-based virtual console to another (or to X11) can be accomplished with just Alt+Fn.

Learn - or relearn, something every day :slight_smile: