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Re: kernel 2.6.19: system freeze with blinking CapsLock and ScrollLock leds

On 12/6/06, Lennart Sorensen <lsorense@csclub.uwaterloo.ca> wrote:

> A noticeable symptom is blinking CapsLock and ScrollLock keybord leds
> (but not NumLock).
> Does anybody observe anything similar?

I believe those LEDs blink when the kernel panics.  If you are not
running X at the time you should see the panic on the screen, otherwise
it can be tricky to get unless you have a serial console or some other
way to dump the console messages when the system dies.

I'd like to learn a reason for this kernel panic but I'm using X and
cannot afford waiting in the text console for hours in hope to get
this kernel panic. Moreover, it may be crucial for kernel panic to
have X running.
Why kernel in the case of panic cannot simply switch the screen to the
text mode and print out a message there?


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