Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I have set some programs to run on my desktop (intensive) and I think they are using all available RAM, to the point that now the machine is completely locked up the clock isn't even updating (it's been 30 mins now). My programs take ~10 hours to run (intense simulations), my question is, if all the RAM is being used up I suspect the programs are having to context switch alot and save to disk to share the RAM, if I just leave the system will it recover? i.e. are the programs still running or is it a complete gonner and I'm just going to have to hard restart?

I've tried ctrl+alt+f1 and ctrl+alt+t to try and get a terminal up but have had no luck

I've been moving the mouse, I see a few jitters, what worries me is the time has just not updated :s

share|improve this question
add comment

1 Answer 1

up vote 1 down vote accepted

I would say it probably won't recover and you should power cycle it...

share|improve this answer
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.