my play box has turned into a paper weight

Luke Davis ldavis at
Tue Nov 11 01:08:26 EST 2003

Could it be your swapspace being corrupted?  Try turning it off.

What is your kernel version?

I had similar problems with stuck processes, on a new compile of a 2.4.20,
which had been running perfectly fine, before I compiled in speakup 1.5,
and some other drivers.  The system was otherwise fine, and if I ran
processes under strace (strace -o /dev/null process), I had no problems.
We never did figure that problem out.


On Sun, 9 Nov 2003, 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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