What do you mean hint message? After enter there is no other text. It is stuck there.
Today again ethernet connectivity was lost so I tried to unplug and plug the eth cable but to no avail.
The only option is to reboot, really inconvenient as you can imagine. To do that you need su first, otherwise after the reboot command vim2 does not power on.
EDIT: even with su, reboot does not work sometimes (random).