Re: [linux-audio-user] disaster day #1

From: Steve Harris <S.W.Harris@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Tue Jun 07 2005 - 10:36:49 EEST

RAM is the most likly cause IMHO, but If the motherboard is oldish (couple
of years or so) then its worth eyeballing the motherboard for bulging
capacitors, I lost my studio PC to this and we lost a load at work.

The tops should be slightly concave and clean, if theres any sign of brown
gunge (technical term) or bulging then the motherboard is a gonner.

There was a bad batch of capacitors for a while from a major manufacturer,
but I suspect all the bad boards have blown allready by now.

- Steve

On Mon, Jun 06, 2005 at 10:40:29 -0400, Dave Phillips wrote:
> Greetings:
> My thanks to all respondents for their suggestions, but sad to say, I
> got no joy. At this time the machine is unusable and I'll probably have
> to take it in for repair or just buy a new mobo. I now can't get beyond
> the boot stage, it usually dies with a kernel panic either right away or
> shortly after startup. Big bummer.
> I removed all cards, installed a new CPU fan, and tried booting from a
> Knoppix disk. The Knoppix live CD also failed with a kernel panic, which
> probably means I have a hardware problem either with the RAM or the CPU.
> Btw, I've been running RH9 happily on this box for quite a while, it's
> hardly a new installation
> I have access to an identical box I'll get to try either tomorrow or
> the day after, but this one's DOA for this evening. :(
> Best,
> dp
> Dave Phillips wrote:
> >Greetings:
> >
> > I've been having some problems with my desktop machine during and
> >after booting into Planet CCRMA RH9. At first I started getting some
> >kernel panics booting into the system, then I started having trouble
> >during operation of the system. X would suddenly freeze shortly after
> >I started it, usually after the first mouse move.
> >
> > Okay, so I don't panic because I have another drive in the same box
> >running FC3, so I figure I'll just boot into that system instead and
> >transfer files before everything heads south. At first everything
> >seemed fine on that drive, but soon after I started using it FC3
> >started showing the same symptoms with sudden reboots and total
> >freezes of the machine.
> >
> > I've been able to transfer a lot of stuff to my laptop via the local
> >network, but mounting the RH9 drive is very dangerous, things can
> >freeze at any moment. Alas, there's still stuff on that drive that I'd
> >like to retrieve.
> >
> > So there's something wrong with the box. Can anyone point me in the
> >right direction to begin troubleshooting this machine ? Could it be
> >RAM ? The graphics card ? Or what ?? And how can I test things on the
> >hardware side, i.e., what utilities are indicated ?
> >
> > Any and all suggestions vastly appreciated.
> >
> >Best,
> >
> >dp
> >
> >
> >
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