my play box has turned into a paper weight

Alex Snow alex_snow at
Mon Nov 10 15:37:28 EST 2003

It's hard to tell what's wrong...usually when I get a problem like 
this I just start swapping the parts with known working ones till I 
find what's wrong. If it's the ram then that's really easy: It most 
likely takes 72-pin simms which are really easy to get. I think 128mb 
of them costs like $10. I have about 32 mb worth sitting on my desk 
here and about another 48 or maybe even 64 in my cabinate.
On Sun, Nov 
09, 2003 at 06:21:17PM -0600, Gregory Nowak wrote:
> 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.
> Greg
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Who is General Failure and why is he reading my hard disk?

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