RE: [linux-audio-user] [OT] disaster redux

From: Ivica Ico Bukvic <ico@email-addr-hidden>
Date: Sun Jun 12 2005 - 06:59:20 EEST

Hi Dave,

Sorry to hear you are having trouble with your system. Although the
following is very unlikely as your system has been working for some time
before this had occurred, sometimes memory stick positioning as well as
type/quality of the memory chips can cause all kinds of headaches. Not that
I am suggesting that you may have done so, but from my custom computer
building experience I've come to conclusion that one should never skimp out
on buying top quality memory chips, followed by equally important mobo and
power supply choices (and now for obligatory "sales pitch," ;-) for good,
yet affordable memory sticks my recommendation would be
though I am not affiliated with them at all, I've had a few very positive
experiences with them). Furthermore, in the past I've had situations when
memtest-like programs failed to report any problems but the memory was
nonetheless faulty.

Finally, as last piece of advice (although this is very unlikely as you've
tried 2 different machines at this point), check whether your video card is
overheating as that will certainly freeze your system (as it gets older, the
heat dissipating silicone between processor and the heating grill becomes
less and less efficient).

Best of luck!

Ivica Ico Bukvic, composer & multimedia sculptor

> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-audio-user-bounces@email-addr-hidden [mailto:linux-audio-
> user-bounces@email-addr-hidden] On Behalf Of nigel henry
> Sent: Saturday, June 11, 2005 4:10 PM
> To: A list for linux audio users
> Subject: Re: [linux-audio-user] [OT] disaster redux
> Hi Dave. I presume you checked whether the cmos battery was ok. It could
> be
> worthwhile taking the battery out for an hour or so, to reset the cmos if
> you
> know the batteries ok. Also, have you tried each drive individually on the
> machine? Like , the one with RH9 on it might be ok, but the one with FC3
> might have a problem, or vice versa. The faulty drive may be screwing up
> the
> system even if your booted into the good one. Man, we're running out of
> ideas
> here, and clutching at straws. Nigel.
> On Saturday 11 Jun 2005 7:23 pm, Dave Phillips wrote:
> > Greetings:
> >
> > It has not been a good week.
> >
> > As I mentioned yesterday I swapped my hardware into an identical box
> > as my original machine. Yesterday everything seemed to have returned to
> > normal operation. I watched some movies, worked on some music, and so
> > forth.
> >
> > Today I powered up the box, logged on to the net, downloaded the
> > latest Csound CVS and started compiling. After a few minutes everything
> > froze again, the machine was locked tight as a drum. I had to pull the
> > plug to restart, but when grub came up my keyboard was frozen. I pulled
> > the plug again and got my keyboard back after restarting.
> >
> > Now I'm running memtest again. I realized yesterday that I'd run it on
> > only one RAM stick so I thought I'd better check again. However, at this
> > point I'm starting to suspect a bad drive. But *two* bad drives in the
> > system ?? As I mentioned in an earlier message, the machine failure
> > occurred regardless of which drive I was using (RH9 on /dev/hdb, FC3 on
> > /dev/hda).
> >
> > So I'm bummed again. Looks like it's time to bite the bullet and buy a
> > whole new system. :(
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > dp
Received on Sun Jun 12 08:15:05 2005

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