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Old 02-02-2006, 05:31 AM   #1
deadseasquirrel
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System keeps crashing - any insight appreciated


Ok, I am a real noob, and I am running Fedora Core 4 right now, and it keeps crashing. I mean it will run for about a day, maybe 10 hours or so and then it crashes. At first I thought it was the screensaver and screen lock, but then I turned it off, it crashes still. I have synergy running on it to work with my windows mouse and keyboard, I thought that might be it, so I turn it off before I go to bed. It doesn't matter, it is locked when i wake up anyway. Sometimes the scren is locked, but I can still putty into it from windows box, sometimes I don't even have that. I am such a noob I don't even know how to diagnose this problem and find out more about it. So any help would be much appreciated.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 05:43 AM   #2
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- You are running "Fedora" and "Windows" on your computer is that so?
- Is your computer a laptop or a classical PC?
- Are you sure this is an OS problem?
- Does the computer crashes with Windows too?
- Couldn't it be a hardware problem?
- Is it an old computer you have?
- Have you installed your OS recently?
- If not, did it used to work correctly?

Hope it helps!
Good luck.

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Old 02-02-2006, 06:13 AM   #3
sohny
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carsh means wat? , does it switch itself off?? or if not wat shows up on the screen

wat are able to do during the crash or after the crash??

please provide more detail

Thanx
sohny
 
Old 02-02-2006, 07:16 AM   #4
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You could look for example in /var/log/messages, if there are error messages at the end of the log file. The same for /var/log/Xorg.0.log or similar where the X servers errors should be logged.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 03:06 PM   #5
deadseasquirrel
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Ok let me clarify. My windows box is another box, I putty into the FC4 box. When I say crash, there are two versions. One is where is has gone to sleep, or at least the video output is off, and it won't come back up. The screen's indicator is still green, which to me means it's still getting a signal. In cases like that I've been able to putty into the linux box, even though I don't see an image and shutdown from the command line.

Other times, I've had the computer running, running, and then it just locks, it freezes, the image is still on the screen but basically it is linux's version of the BSOD. Then I have to hard boot it.

This is running on a Dell Precision 470 Xeon.
 
Old 02-02-2006, 03:12 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by titopoquito
You could look for example in /var/log/messages, if there are error messages at the end of the log file. The same for /var/log/Xorg.0.log or similar where the X servers errors should be logged.

I would take a look at what titopoquito said. The log files will tell you a lot. It sounds like X is locking up
 
Old 02-02-2006, 04:08 PM   #7
deadseasquirrel
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So I looked in that file and I see this...I am a noob like I said so I was wondering if somebody can give me a hand in deciphering, what this all means. Why does it keep saying session opened for user root? And what is the file-max limit reached all about?

Feb 1 10:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[4313]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 10:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[4313]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 11:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[4882]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 11:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[4882]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 12:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[5521]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 12:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[5521]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 13:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[6293]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 13:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[6293]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 14:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[6869]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 14:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[6869]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 15:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[7408]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 15:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[7408]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 16:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[8168]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 16:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[8168]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 17:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[8691]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 17:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[8691]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 18:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[9207]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 18:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[9207]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 18:26:57 wmui-fc synergy: NOTE: synergyc.cpp,408: stopped client
Feb 1 19:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[9729]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 19:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[9729]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 20:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10243]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 20:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10243]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 20:48:16 wmui-fc kernel: NVRM: Xid: 6, PE0000 0000 00000000 00000000 00000000 00000000
Feb 1 21:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10699]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 21:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10699]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 22:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10941]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 22:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[10941]: session closed for user root
Feb 1 22:28:58 wmui-fc kernel: NVRM: Xid: 6, PE01ff 1ffc ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff ffffffff
Feb 1 23:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11183]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 1 23:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11183]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 00:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11425]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 00:03:45 wmui-fc kernel: VFS: file-max limit 205850 reached
Feb 2 01:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11667]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 02:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11908]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 03:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[12149]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 04:01:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[12390]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 04:02:01 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[12395]: session opened for user root by (uid=0)
Feb 2 04:39:20 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11425]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 04:39:21 wmui-fc kernel: limit 205850 reached
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc kernel: VFS: file-max limit 205850 reached
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11908]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[12149]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[11667]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc crond(pam_unix)[12390]: session closed for user root
Feb 2 04:39:29 wmui-fc kernel: VFS: file-max limit 205850 reached
Feb 2 04:39:31 wmui-fc last message repeated 935 times
Feb 2 04:39:31 wmui-fc shutdown: shutting down for system halt
Feb 2 04:39:31 wmui-fc kernel: VFS: file-max limit 205850 reached
 
  


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