Blue screen of death

Chris Rouch chris.rouch at
Tue Jul 27 14:58:01 UTC 2010

On 27 July 2010 16:44, Alex <mysqlstudent at> wrote:
> Hi,
> As if to say, "F"-you, the screen changed from my normal desktop, with
> Firefox, Azureus, a few terminals, and a few VMs running, to a solid
> blue screen with just the Fedora squiggly 'F' in the middle of the
> screen, and the whole computer locked up.
> Completely dead. Catatonic. Unresponsive. Nothing in the logs.

you could reboot, switch to a text console (e.g ctrl f2) have a look
in $HOME/.xsession-errors, though I've you've logged in again already
it's probably been overwritten. my guess would be that something
killed your X session. If you're running f13 and have an nvidia card,
then I've seen this too. The only way i got a working environment was
to switch to nouveau and disable 3d eye candy. Anything else caused
problems. (actually the f12 kernel + f13 nvidia rpms also worked on
f13, but I decided that was a backwards step) if you have other
hardware or are running f12  then this is something else (though
looking in .xsession-errors is still valid).

> What the hell happened?
> This is really aggravating, because it has been one problem after
> another,

that's kind of the point of fedora. if you want something stable, use
CentOS (or RHEL) or maybe an ubuntu variant. I think the benefits of a
cutting edge distro outweigh the drawbacks, but I agree that it is
very frustrating when something fundamental stops working.

> and I'm beginning to rethink my decision on this desktop.
> Ideas greatly appreciated.
> Thanks,
> Alex



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