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In Windows, you can use the "NumLock" key to see if your computer is locked up or not by pressing it. If the light changes, then the OS is not locked. Does this work in Linux as well? If not, are there any other handy little tricks like this for Linux?
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In Windows, you can use the "NumLock" key to see if your computer is locked up or not by pressing it. If the light changes, then the OS is not locked. Does this work in Linux as well? If not, are there any other handy little tricks like this for Linux?
Yes, it's usually the first thing I check when I feel like something is wrong. But it may not always mean a total system lockup. You could always try to remote into your locked-up machine via SSH and kill any problematic processes or restart any daemons if needed. YMMV, depending on what's causing it.
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Yes, it's usually the first thing I check when I feel like something is wrong. But it may not always mean a total system lockup. You could always try to remote into your locked-up machine via SSH and kill any problematic processes or restart any daemons if needed. YMMV, depending on what's causing it.
Thank you very much drelyn. I appreciate your answer!
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I also ctrl+alt+f1 to see if it's just the X server that's screwy.
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I also ctrl+alt+f1 to see if it's just the X server that's screwy.
Can't do that on a Fedora box, since X is on Ctrl-Alt-F1; you would hit Ctrl-Alt-F2 instead.

If my system goes nuts I can just ssh in from my Droid.

In the unlikely event of a kernel panic, where the kernel has to immediately stop the system, (analogous to a windows BSOD) it will flash all three keyboard lights continuously.
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Can't do that on a Fedora box, since X is on Ctrl-Alt-F1; you would hit Ctrl-Alt-F2 instead.

If my system goes nuts I can just ssh in from my Droid.

In the unlikely event of a kernel panic, where the kernel has to immediately stop the system, (analogous to a windows BSOD) it will flash all three keyboard lights continuously.
Sorry for the late reply. Thanks for that, I didn't realize a kernel panic would do that with the keyboard lights. That would freak me out the first time it happened LOL!

The CTRL+ALT+F1-Fwhatever is another good one I didn't think of. Hopefully one day I'll be really great with Linux like y'all are! Thanks everyone for the comments and help!
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