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I think if I installed a third time I might get it right!
When a program locks up the machine, is there a way to unlock other than turning the machine of and rebooting?
1. press <alt>-F2 this (may) take you to another virtual terminal, where you can log in, find the offending process, and kill it. Pressing <alt>-F1 should take you back to the main terminal.
2. Failing that, go to another computer and try telnetting into the machine (or ssh, if you've got that running). Log in, find the offending process, and kill it. :)
3. Possibly, you can press (fuzzy memory alert...) <ctrl>-<alt>-<backspace> to close the windows session and drop to the command line.