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Possibly recover from a freeze without a reboot
Authored by: oliverchaddock on Feb 08, '06 07:27:51AM

Here's another somewhat related tip for users of LaunchBar and possibly/probably QS as well. A couple of times OS X has locked up on me with the system menu and dock not responding. I clearly needed to restart or shut down to fix the problem, but I didn't want to do a hard shutdown (holding down the power key). What I found was that hitting command-space on my keyboard still activated LaunchBar, and from there I was able to launch Activity Monitor. Then, I quit the loginwindow process which took me back to the login window. From there I could then log back in or (for safety) do a proper restart.

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Possibly recover from a freeze without a reboot
Authored by: windrag on Feb 08, '06 08:13:43AM

And for book owners (I've had ocasional problems with interface freeze), if you get the "dreaded freeze," try closing the lid and wait a minute or so for the sleep light to come on. Then open back up, and most times the macine will wake up and be responsive again. If the sleep light doesn't come on within about 3 minutes, then I'll just reboot, but often this works for me.

windrag | 700MHz iBook 16 VRAM G3 | Seagate 80MB HD | 640MB RAM | OS X 10.4.4

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