Re: sdram and linux
can you give a little more information?
I recently had a simmilar problem that munged my system ...but...
it wasn't ram related (tho my RAM did go bad too..for unrelated reasons)
Are you runnin gbo or hamm?
There is a package that was in hamm when it was unsatble...which is on my hamm
CD that I burned last month (while it was still unstable..about 3 weeks before
the freeze started )
I accidently installed a package (whose name I forget)...it changed the sysvinit
differnt method...with a config file
unfortunatly it was not unmounting filesystems
when going down for reboot, it would juts kill all processes and reboot without
ever umounting / and remounting read only!
I noticed the problem after a reboot (I was in the middelk of troubleshooting
some soundcard probrlems that required reboots)
and started to debug the shutdown scripts (it took 3-4 rebpoots before i reaLized
the standard symlinks were not even being used!)
before I had the problem fixed...all of these reboots and unmounting inproperly
munged my system
do this "less /etc/init.d/rc"
and look at the large description at the begining...if it says something about
"running from a config file" an d"not using sym links" ...then I woul dsubmit
that that is you rproblem
get hwtools package and try "memtest86"...someone on debian-devel suggested that
to me and
it picked out my bad ram quickly
thoise are my recomendations...if you are runnin gbo however...
I doubt that offending package is in bo (coul dbe tho...im too lazy to look) and
I dunno about hwtools but...hwtolls shouldn't really care whether it is bo or
anyway memtest86 boots on its own anyway...
quick Q: does memtest86 work on SDRAM ? I know it doesn't work on
ECC or Parity ram?
I will dfind out tonight...I am trowing 64 MB od SDRAM in my machine (nice
32 MB of old SIMMs)
tony mollica wrote:
> Hi. Just looking for a little more info.
> Just installed 64megs 168 pin sdram (replacing the 64megs of the usual
> type 72 pin edo stuff) in my system and it appears
> to be causing file system corruption, as indicated on boot
> up by fsck (attempted boot up, actually). Booting from the rescue
> disk and running fsck reports lots of problems, fixes them all, but the
> problems reappear at the next reboot from the hard disk drive. Also ran
> into a problem with programs exiting unexpectedly and core dumping for
> no apparent reason.
> Tried my Debian kernels 2.0.30 and 2.0.33 with the same
> result and put the original memory back, which seems to
> have fixed the problem with either kernel version.
> Has there been any similar reports or other problems using
> 168 pin sdram type memory or are there any hardware or kernel
> settings that I may have overlooked to make this work? The
> memory works ok on 'other' o.s.'s and machines.
> tony mollica
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