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Re: Segfaults in seemingly unrelated programs

On Sun, 3 Feb 2002, Rob Mahurin wrote:

> On Sat, Feb 02, 2002 at 08:52:36PM -0700, Rick Macdonald wrote:
> > On Sat, 2 Feb 2002 jim@leary.csoft.net wrote:
> > 
> > I had similar symptoms once. Segfaults and apparently corrupted disk
> > files. It turned out to be a bad memory SIMM. Try running memtest86 for
> > awhile (10 minutes to an hour or more; depends on how much memory you have
> > and how fast the cpu is).
> > 
> > After I replaced the memory, I reinstalled all packages "in-place"
> > (declining any config files) to refresh any files that may have been bad.
> > Made me feel better, at least.
> I had the same thought, though I'm not sure how an overheated CPU fan
> could damage the memory.  It seems more likely that the libraries Jim
> mentions are corrupted, and the one program that works is somehow
> "lucky".  A memtest couldn't hurt, though.

My SIMM went "bad" after 10 months _without_ overheating anything. I would
give the same advice even in the absense of the heating issue. Can't hurt!


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