The problem was hardware, but not RAM, the NVidia card itself was failing. The NV driver would still lock up, just as the NVidia driver did. I don't know how or why the 128 MB MX440SE was failing, but I found a 64MB GeForce 2 400 in a backup machine, dropped that into the tower, reinstalled NVidia driver 1.0.7676, and everything has been wonderful. 2 things still suprise me though. -
1) Hardware failure of a PCI card shouldn't seem to crash the machine to me. I can see how X would crash, and even CLI only, but I would think I could still SSH into the box, as we have several servers in place that have no physical video card, yet run fine through the net.
2) In the event of a non-critical hardware failure (as I would score a failing video card), why wasn't something logged?
Very glad that this worked out, I was minutes away from assuming it was because I am running on LVM between 2 SATA drives, and that I had somehow screwed that up, causing the unknown crash. Very happy that I can now get into the timeconsuming yet enjoyable work of putting all my music and other resources up now that it is stable.
Last edited by JimBass; 09-27-2005 at 05:41 PM.