[TriLUG] What to do when KDE freaks out?
Sat, 24 Aug 2002 22:10:28 -0400 (EDT)
this has happened to me as well with certain KVM switches. my belkin
omni-cube 4-port works great here at home, but some of my customers have
other models that lose the kbd and/or mouse on the linux boxes. yet the
windows machines are fine, even on identical hardware. usually i only
lose the mouse, so a ctrl-alt-backspace to close X usually lets me get
away with it. i think some cheap KVM switches are just not linux-friendly
(or linux is not cheap KVM switch friendly) so i'd consider trying a
different switch first.
> I know this will make several of you cringe, but hey, I'm just learning
> here :) A couple of times now I have switched from my Win 98 machine to
> my Linux machine (I have a Belkin KVM switch). Normally I have to wait a
> few seconds at most for the mouse to start working. A couple of times
> now though - everything's started freaking out - the toolbar at the
> bottom goes to outline like I'm trying to move it - error dialog boxes
> come up in whatever programs I had open etc. It will not let me do
> anything with the keyboard at this point (or I am trying the wrong key
> combinations). Since I don't know what else to do, I've just powered
> down the machine (I know you're cringing now) and boot it back up.
> Is there anything I can do to fix this? Or to keep from shutting it down
> harshly when it happens? Any insight is much appreciated as always.
> Guess I should also remind you guys I'm running Debian. Don't know what
> other information might be helpful.
> Thanks for the help :)
> Lisa B.
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