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Re: Linux crashing often

On Sun, Nov 20, 2005 at 04:14:48AM -0800, Alex Goldman wrote:

> How to perform useful checks on ext3?

	e2fsck -Cr -c /dev/xxx

> How to fsck the root partition? I can't remount it ro, because it's busy.

The easy way to check the root filesystem is to boot off another partition,
or these days off a LiveCD like Knoppix.  Then it isn't "busy".

> Any ideas? This is a relatively new machine, and I ran the
> unmentionable OS on it for months without any problems, so HW issues
> seem unlikely, and I'm already trying to diagnose them the best I can
> (see above).

It's hardware, almost certainly.  Try removing half the RAM and seeing if
the problem goes with the missing memory.  If so, you can swap boards until
you find the problem.

You may well find the problem has evaporated, because the problem could have
been a RAM board that wasn't seated perfectly.

BTW, Linux often puts more of a metaphoric "strain" on hardware than
Microsoft's OS.
Carl Fink                                         carl@fink.to
If you attempt to fix something that isn't broken, it will be.
        -Bruce Tognazzini

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