Ubuntu 9.10 constant restarts
Ok. Here's the thing. My dads' hard drive went up a while back. So we got him a new one and installed Ubuntu 9.10 instead of windows. All was going well until About two weeks ago. The system restarts randomly. Not when anyone is doing anything in particular. Sometimes when we are using firefox, sometimes just sitting on the desktop, and never after any certain amount of time.Some times its after five minutes, some times after several hours. It's not a full out crash, the window for shutdown/switch user/restart comes up out of nowhere. When we close the window, it shows back up pretty quickly, but then the computer will just crash. While restarting, half of the time the computer won't make it past the bios screen before restarting again,and will continue the bios restarting cycle until the computer is unplugged. By the way, the system is a dell dimension E310 from 2005 with all of the original hardware minus hard drive inside, so if it is a hardware issue that wouldn't surprise me. Also, just one time after the restart I received the message "fsck from util-linux-ng 2.16" , if that helps at all. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by michealharr; 05-17-2010 at 11:59 PM.
Reason: to fix my "massage" and future blunder.