my play box has turned into a paper weight

RK BlindGeek007 at
Sun Nov 9 21:33:24 EST 2003

I have found that when playing with possibly broken hardware (especially
CPU, memory and motherboards) that it is anyone's guess what could cause a
particular problem.  Have you had any power spikes that you know of? Is the
CPU fan operating properly, or has is failed on you recently? I would start
with the CPU fan, as it is a moving part and is most likely to fail in the
first place.  How old is the box? What kind of hardware is it?
Be glad to offer any information I can to help.



-----Original Message-----
From: speakup-bounces at
[mailto:speakup-bounces at]On Behalf Of Gregory Nowak
Sent: Sunday, November 09, 2003 6:21 PM
To: speakup at
Subject: my play box has turned into a paper weight

Hi all.

Well, the subject says it all. When running applications on my play
box, they all end up getting segmentation faults. If they don't get
segmentation faults, they apparently aren't executing, since the
system sits there forever, and ever. Sometimes, I can do a ctrl+c or a
ctrl+z, but other times I can't. The same thing happens when I try to
halt the box. It says broadcasting message from root ... and the
system is going down for system halt now ..., but that's it, the box
just sits there with no activity. Sometimes when I hit ctrl+c, I get
shutdown canceled, other times I don't get anything.

I've also noticed that if I am logged in via ssh, and try to login via
ssh again to have 2 logins going, the client connects, I get the
welcome message,I'm told when my last login was, and that I have no
mail, and then the second connection is just dropped.

Obviously, I've got a hardware problem. However, is it the ram, or is
it the cpu? I am leaning towards saying that it's the cpu at this
point, but am open to other educated opinions.
Thanks in advance.


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