Blue screen of death

Marko Vojinovic vvmarko at
Thu Jul 29 04:18:07 UTC 2010

On Wednesday, July 28, 2010 22:06:22 Alex wrote:
> > 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.

Can you verify that the kernel is alive? Can you login from another machine 
using ssh? Does the machine respond to a ping?

If you use GDM/Gnome, ctrl-alt-bs is disabled, IIRC. 

> The one time I saw it happen, the blue splash screen appeared and I
> believe nearly immediately it became unresponsive.
> 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 would guess this is an X issue. And typically due to a bug in graphics 
drivers. What video hardware do you have? What drivers do you use?

When it happens again, I would take a look at /var/log/Xorg.0.log (if you can 
ssh from a remote machine) or /var/log/Xorg.0.log.old (if you cannot and have 
rebooted into runlevel 5 again). If X got hung, something there should give 
you a clue what happened. If you post the log here, maybe we can help more.

HTH, :-)

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