Ubuntu 9.10 on Dell Dimension 2400

Chuck Frain chuck at chuckfrain.net
Wed Nov 11 21:14:33 GMT 2009

My first thought was 'is there a modem in there?' and if so can you try
disabling it or removing it? 

I found a post in the ubuntu forums that confirmed that thought here
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8279919 but it could be any
type of serial device or ports if you don't have modems in them.

Let us know how it turns out!

On Wed, 11 Nov 2009, Ron Swift wrote:

> I have two Dell Dimension 2400 workstations at my office that ran Win XP 
> for about 3 years. Both were purchased new from Dell with Win XP 
> installed and are similarly configured with 512 mb ram, Intel Celeron 
> chip and 80 gig hard drive.
> I installed Ubuntu 9.10 on one using Wubi from within Win XP and a fresh 
> install of Ubuntu 9.10 completely wiping out Win XP on the other.
> The one machine with the dual boot will boot into Ubuntu but after 
> working in it for about 10 minutes or so it will freeze the screen and 
> keyboard but the mouse cursor still moves. The machine has to be hard 
> powered down.
> The second fresh install machine does the exact same thing. It also 
> displays "Serial8250 too much work for irq17" errors multiple times.
> If it was just one and not both machines, I would have the motherboard 
> replaced and try re-installing Ubuntu. But I am not sure that it is a 
> hardware versus a Ubuntu OS issue.
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
> Thanks
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