[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu Crashing

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Tue Feb 5 21:57:02 GMT 2008

Hi Seif,

On 05/02/2008, Michael Holloway <michael at thedarkwinter.com> wrote:
> A log file that might help you diagnose is /var/log/messages - if there
> is anything interesting in there, post it here and we'll have a look.

Something that Michael didn't make clear, just in case you're new to
Linux, is that messages written to /var/log/messages survive past a
reboot, so you don't have to worry about losing anything when you have
to do the hard shutdown.

Another reference that might help is this forum page
It describes some key presses you can use to save information to the
disk before doing the hard shutdown/reboot - it helps to stop you
needing to fsck (i.e. check the disk) when you next boot.

One final thing to try: when the machine 'locks up', try swapping to a
virtual terminal (Ctrl+Alt+F1), logging in and typing 'dmesg'. If the
machine isn't totally dead, that might give you some info that would
help debug the problem.


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