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Possibly recover from a freeze without a reboot
Authored by: forman on Apr 09, '09 10:29:28AM

More than three years after originally posted, this tip really helped me out.

Infrequently, my computer will wake from sleep or a screen saver with a black screen. I can see and move the cursor but no login screen appears. I am able to log in remotely via ssh but nothing I ever tried (restarting Finder) ever brought back the login screen. I would end up surrendering with a "sudo shutdown -r now".

This tip did the trick. I pushed the button quickly, the machine went to sleep, I then unplugged and plugged in the keyboard, and when the machine woke, I had a login screen. Awesome.

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