Using LMDE/Squeeze, a friend logged in to a bank's website to print a statement. She opened the statement, clicked Print, and after printing the first of three pages the printer stopped/froze... couldn't cancel the job, couldn't quit the browser and couldn't logout or reboot through the Menu. She shut it down with the power button.
When I got there, the system booted okay and CUPS was running, but the printer icons were missing. I was unable to stop or start the server through the terminal, or connect to the server through the GUI tools or browser. Also, a message kept popping up saying the system was running out of disk space.
For a vanilla desktop install, I'd set up a 10GB root partition. The disk space issue turned out to be 20 or so cached print files and two of them were large: 2.6GB and 3.4GB. After deleting those files the root partition was back down to using 2.9GB. The printer issue was resolved by purging and reinstalling all the CUPS pkgs.
Rebooted and ran into another problem: the wired keyboard and wireless mouse didn't work, both USB. I unplugged/plugged them back in and that got them working. Booted to Windows to make sure it wasn't a hardware problem and had to unplug/plug to get them to work. Booted back to LMDE, had the same problem but unplugging/plugging them didn't resolve it. Booted to recovery, logged in as root and entered startx... the keyboard and mouse worked. Dropped back to the console, logged in as user and entered startx... no keyboard, no mouse. The keyboard/mouse worked when back in Windows.
From the CUPS logs and searching, she was printing an ashx file, an ASP.NET Web Handler file. Which I assume is supported by the mono pkgs. I searched for Linux .ashx printing issues but found web server stuff; didn't find any issues related to a desktop system printing an aspx file from a website.
Anyone have experience printing an online .ashx file? If it glitched the system, how was it resolved? If not, I'm asking for ideas.
I'm going there Friday to either fix the problem or reinstall the system. Can't help wondering if, like fixing the printing and then finding the keyboard/mouse glitched, some other problem might show up. I'm not familiar with Gnome and don't know if the keyboard/mouse issue is in /etc, /home's dot files or somewhere else... just want to get everything back to default settings.
Appreciate any help with the keyboard/mouse and, if possible, suggestions for printing .aspx web files.