> > I am having a number of problems with my computer crashing and suspect
> > it's a hardware fault, as it happens randomly. Also when compiling a new
> > kernel GCC crashes with a segmentation fault but this happens and
> > different stages during the process, so can't be put down to any kernel
> > file.
> > Can any recommend some diagnostics software?
> > Cheers,
> > Rod
> > (FYI: I use Mandrake Linux 9.2)
> Could be a bad memory stick, make a boot cdrom with memtest86
> (http://www.memtest86.com/) and run a through check for memory errors.
> Also may be heat related - clean the dust from the inside of the PC with a
> can of compressed air and make sure the case fans and cpu heatsink fan are
> running properly.
I once had a 486 DX4-100 that crashed when I was compiling a kernel. It
ran fine after that until I compiled the kernel again, then it crashed
again in a different place. When I finally got around to reading the
"Signal 11" FAQ it mentioned hardware failures, so I popped the cover
off -- and discovered the CPU fan was turning at about six RPM. A fan
borrowed from a Pentium heat sink and kludged into position worked well
until I was able to acquire a new heat sink with a working fan and fix
my borken computer.
Quote:> Also had these occur when the Power supply was on the fritz and mb/cpu
> wasn't getting proper voltage under load
Mine either wouldn't start or would crash after a very short time
between the time I added the second hard drive, CD burner (along with
the CD-ROM), and IDE interface card and the time I replaced the 250 Watt
power supply with a 350 Watt supply.
To design the perfect anti-Unix, write an operating system that thinks
it knows what you're doing better than you do. And then adds injury to
insult by getting it wrong.