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I have a live Linux USB (Elementary OS) that became unresponsive after I tried to download a huge file to disk. The screen is now permanently in sleep mode and moving the mouse or keyboard won't wake it. Putting a USB drive in and out causes the led on the live USB to flicker but that's it.

Is there anyway I can interface with the system at all? Or at least recover the files?

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    Can you ssh in, from another computer?
    – dirkt
    Commented Feb 27, 2017 at 7:39

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Try going to another tty terminal ?

Ctrl+Alt+F1 to F6.

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