[plug] Random crashes

Paul Antoine pma-la at milleng.com.au
Sun Oct 19 18:45:46 WST 2008

My first guess is always memory for errors that are this sporadic and 
unpredictable, but your guess of power supply is my next one :-)

Try the memtest86 on either the CD or in your Grub menu... run the test 
for some hours to properly check memory.

Memory or power supply won't show up in the logs...


Kai wrote:
> Hi guys and girls,
> I was home for holidays in July, built a machine a few days before I 
> left, got it working with Ubuntu and it looked good but maybe the 
> power supply is a bit variable with the wattage it supplies, not sure 
> what the problem is but it'll run fine for a sporadic amount of time, 
> sometimes minutes other times it'll go for a week or so...then crash.
> I've checked /var/log/messages for hardware or daemons that have 
> problems on start-up, can't see anything that looks to be causing the 
> problem, what other log files would be a good place to look for 
> finding hardware that's not responding so I can try to figure out 
> where the problem is without being onsite?
> This prolly sounds like a n00b question, I've been too busy with 
> aviation studies in the last 1.5 years, haven't had much time to 
> actually use many of my IT skills.
> Cheers
> Kai

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