Diagnosis: is this machine broken?

Yorvyk yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Mon Nov 29 19:24:01 UTC 2010

On Mon, 29 Nov 2010 09:36:03 +0800
Sandy Harris <sandyinchina at gmail.com> wrote:

> i have a machine -- Atom 1.6 GHz, single core but hyperthreaded, Intel board
> and 2 gigs RAM (the maximum supported). A while ago it began giving many
> errors, all disk-related, so I replaced the disk.
> Now it mostly runs fine and Checkbox (the tester on the Ubuntu system
> menus) reports all OK, but there are three worrying items. When I try
> memtest x86+ off the boot menu, it fails with a message about
> "insufficient low memory". At boot time, there are many error messages
> from udevd along the lines of "worker failed to respond". Finally, the
> drscheme application is horrendously slow; menus take several
> seconds to open.
> I wonder if there might be some motherboard or RAM fault that caused
> the earlier disk corruption. If so, replacing the disk will not have fixed it
> and problems are likely to recur. This is worrying.
> What is my next step in diagnosis here?
Maybe start by just reseating everything.  If you have two sticks of memory, pull one, swap them, etc. and see which stick the problem follows.  If you have only one stick you’ll have to find another to try.  

Steve Cook (Yorvyk)


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