Blue screen of death

Christofer C. Bell christofer.c.bell at gmail.com
Wed Jul 28 21:18:08 UTC 2010


On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:06 PM, Alex <mysqlstudent at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
>> That's not really a BSOD, it's the Fedora boot splash screen.  You can
>> hit ESC and have the system print the text boot messages (uncovering
>> them by clearing the blue screen).
>
> Nope, it was completely unresponsive. No network, keyboard, or mouse.
> No ctrl-alt-bs.
>
> The one time I saw it happen, the blue splash screen appeared and I
> believe nearly immediately it became unresponsive.

You may consider disabling the splash screen in /boot/grub/grub.conf
by finding your kernel entry:

title Fedora (2.6.33.6-147.fc13.i686.PAE)
	root (hd0,0)
	kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.33.6-147.fc13.i686.PAE ro
root=/dev/mapper/vg_circe-lv_root rd_LVM_LV=vg_circe/lv_root
rd_LVM_LV=vg_circe/lv_swap rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM
LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
	initrd /initramfs-2.6.33.6-147.fc13.i686.PAE.img

Edit this entry to remove the "rhgb quiet" argument.  Then, if this
happens again, and the system is rebooting, it will freeze in a state
where you can (hopefully) see where it's frozen right there in the
boot messages.

> Under what circumstances would that splash screen occur, when the
> system had already booted and I had logged in? I don't believe the
> system was idle for longer than a few minutes, and the
> screensaver/power management turns off the monitor after ten minutes,
> so I don't believe that was the problem either.

I can't think of any circumstance where it would appear on an already
booted system that is actively being used so unfortunately, I can't
answer this one.

-- 
Chris


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