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totally crashed workstation

when burning a DVD today, our new Debian workstation suddenly froze. I could
move the mouse cursor, but the system did not respond to any keypresses
(even magic sysrq). I could not ssh to the box and it did not even respond
to ping. 

With no other options, I powered it down and back up again, and it come up
nicely. None of the logfiles show nothing interesting, at some point the
logging just stops.

How can I investigate this further? I already burned and erased a DVD-RW
dozens of times in a loop without a problem. Currently I'm running
memtest86. I suspect some kind of hardware problem, because our other Debian
workstations have never done this kind of thing.

The machine is a Dell Precision 690 with 2 dual-core Xeon processors, 4 GiB
of memory and two SAS hard drives, running Debian Lenny.


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