Earlier today, I tried to move the mouse and nothing happened. I couldn't use Alt-Tab to switch to another task. I couldn't use Ctrl-Atl-F1 to get a console. Ctrl-Atl-Del got me nothing. I noticed the disk access light was lit solid and the only thing I could do was press the reset button and start over.
So what happened? I looked at /var/log/messages just before the reboot and didn't see anything of note.
Where can I look to find clues about what happened?
I'm running F16 on an AMD box with 8GB of memory. I tend to have lots of windows open on several different desktops as I use different desktops for different projects. Which means I hate to reboot.
uname -r tells me 3.3.5-2.fc16.x86_64 and yum update says I'm all up to date.
I'm usually running Firefox, VirtBox, Skype, Eclipse, Dropbox, Banshee, NixNote and Gkrell.of course all at the same time. This doesn't happen very often but it has happened before. If I knew what caused it I might be able to fix it and keep it from happening again.
Thanks in advance for your feedback.