A while after filing this bug, I switched to tty1, and only weird data was displayed in it. Then I tried to switch back to tty7, but alt-f7 had no effect (other than generating more weird data in the tty). I rebooted via sysreq. -- Robert Millan My spam trap is email@example.com. Note: this address is only intended for spam harvesters. Writing to it will get you added to my black list.