On Sun, 2002-02-03 at 04:52, Rick Macdonald wrote: > On Sat, 2 Feb 2002 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > > > Due to a faulty fan, one CPU overheated and brought the system down. On > > restart, fsck indicated that some filesystem corruption occured. > > > > On startup, gdm would not start. After entering my username in the > > console, the login prompt came back without giving me the opportunity to > > enter my password. The logical next step, booting in single user mode. > > > > In single user mode, it quickly appeared that a few programs segfault. > > 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). To make a looong story short, I swapped out the hard disk, the controller, the cables and all memory before concluding that a heavy CPU load reliably produced corruption and/or a system freeze and finding out this was caused by faulty cooling on the first CPU. I have an Asus P2B-DS, and I can provide more detail about this horror story if anyone wishes. Why isn't there more space between the two processor slots on this otherwise good board ? > 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. Already did that once in a past accident on the same machine, but for at the time unknown reasons. That time, pppd was still running and a little "for" loop running on the package list that apt gave me did the trick. Today, I guess I'll have to burn a few CDs...
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