[ubuntu-uk] Hardware failure?

Andrew Oakley andrew at aoakley.com
Tue Sep 30 15:56:33 BST 2008

On 30/09/2008, James Grabham <jgrabham at googlemail.com> wrote:
> On the subject of hard drives - it could well be a dodgy hard drive,

That wouldn't cause MEMTEST to fail, so I really don't think it is a
hard drive issue.

My suspicion would be on overheating and memory. Open up the case and
ensure all components are firmly seated down. Then use a vaccuum
cleaner to suck out all the dust, particularly from the heat sinks.
Then try running the machine with the case open, and check to see that
all the fans are spinning.

Second, if you have two memory modules, pull one out and try running
with the remaining one on its own. Then shut down, swap over the
modules and run again. If it runs with one but not the other, you now
know which is faulty.

Finally see if you can swap the CPU and graphics card out for another
(friend's?) known-good CPU & GPU. If that doesn't crash, you know your
CPU or GPU is faulty; test each in turn.

If after all that you haven't identified the problem, suspect the
motherboard or PSU.

Andrew Oakley andrew at aoakley.com

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