[TriLUG] Debian Sarge is dying somehow
john280z at earthlink.net
Fri Dec 31 13:22:54 EST 2004
Brian Henning wrote:
> Hi Y'all,
> In chasing the IE6.0 rabbit I mentioned earlier, I decided to go with
> the remote desktop approach. rdesktop seemed to install and operate
> perfectly with no problems. So I tried to create a desktop shortcut
> (er... link to application) to a one-line shell script I wrote to
> call rdesktop with the appropriate flags and server address. When I
> clicked the "Ok" button, things went, for lack of a better
> explanation, to heck.
> The dialog for creating the link never really disposed of itself. It
> ceased to respond, and the entire system suddenly bogged down to a
> nearly 100% unresponsive crawl (no mouse response, etc). Couldn't
> even switch virtual terminals.
> I walked away for a bit and returned to a text screen chock full of
> out-of-memory -related error text (which had filled the entire
> scrollback buffer).
> On reboot, the system reaches "Starting system logging daemon:
> syslogd" and hangs. There is some hard disk activity now and then,
> and eventually, if it is left to its own devices, it will again fill
> the buffer with out-of-memory messages.
> Before this machine was loaded with Linux, it was a 98 machine that
> had started to bluescreen uncontrollably. I was hoping it was a
> software issue, but this is starting to make me think maybe it's
> hardware-related. Does anyone have some input based on what I've just
> described? Seen it before and know what is likely the cause, and/or
> how to fix it?
> Thanks, everyone.
> Brian A. Henning
You may need to test the box to find out what the actual HW issue is.
I am a fan of the UbootCD. You might try downloading and burn the
Ultimate Boot CD (a live CD iso). It has memory test programs and hard
drive test programs and a lot more. I tend to run the mem test (and HD)
stuff for 5 to 10 passes (or overnight)to try to catch stuff.
Another testing method I use is to remove ALL unnecessary cards to
get just the minimum to boot/run system. You don't need e-net, sound,
even unplug HDD (data cable). Another test is to swap out Video card
with a simple one (isa even) in case it is Vid mem problem.
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