off topic: hardware advice

Kirk Wood cpt.kirk at
Sun Jun 24 17:14:36 EDT 2001

Actually it doesn't rule that out at all. Often times a person has some
cluster problems. Then they either have them marked by scan disk or do a
format. Then the drive has more clusters go bad. Then more clusters go
bad. Before long major chunks of the drive are gone. This is actually
quite frequent. If a person has a bad cluster marked I always recomend
running a through scan on the drive every week for a month. Often the
first couple are the warning of the drives impending failure.

Like I have said on list, I have seen this kind of thing caused by
something on the motherboard only once or twice. It is so rare that I
never go to that until all other possibilities are investigated.

If he was running windows I could give him information on finding where
in the boot process the problem was occuring. (By causing the system to
log the boots.) I am sure the same can be done in Linux, but don't know
how or how to prevent overwriting so you can go and look later.

Kirk Wood
Cpt.Kirk at

The mind is like a parachute; it works much better when open.
If your too open minded, your brains will fall out.

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