[ubuntu-uk] Hardware failure?

Chris Rowson christopherrowson at gmail.com
Wed Oct 1 11:48:52 BST 2008

On Wed, Oct 1, 2008 at 11:31 AM, Seif Attar <iam at seifattar.net> wrote:
> me again, it crashed, so it's not the graphics card, and the noapic
> didn't fix it, the last crash happened while I was installing stuff with
> synaptic, nothing in the logs.
> After the crash I pressed the reset button, and then it froze while the
> grub menu was showing, restarted, it froze after I selected an entry
> from the grub and the text "Starting Up" was showing and nothing
> happened, in the past I had to completely turn off the pc and unplug it
> from electricity in order to have it boot normally again  (this weird
> freeze on reboot after crash doesn't always happen, could be that I only
> notice it when I am working on the machine when the crash occurs, maybe
> when it happens while I am away, whatever overheated has cooled down, or
> whatever capacitor had gone fubar had released it's electricity? cpu
> temp was 55c after the crash), so yesterday I removed the first RAM,
> tried to boot it, it froze again, then I removed the second ram and it
> booted normally, so I am now testing it with only 1 piece of ram, if it
> still crashes, I'll try the PSU, but my friend keeps forgetting to bring
> it! maybe tomorrow. Another thing I noticed yesterday, is that after I
> force the computer to shutdown (holding the power button), the num lock
> indicator on my keyboard is still on, even though the computer is
> shutdown. Checked the bios setting to make sure I haven't enabled
> key-press power on, and it's not enabled.
> Sorry for posting so much about this, I realise this is not Ubuntu
> related any more (probably and hopefully), but I have no where to go,
> and I imagine that if I take it to a hardware specialist that he will
> want an OS that he is more comfortable with.

I'd definitely go with swapping out the PSU. Could very well be a
power/power quality issue. :-)


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