Originally Posted by Seraph
So other than having bad RAM what could be the cause?? I highly doubt I have hardware memory issues as this is a brand new laptop. .or atleast I hope. .Anyone know of a way to remedy segfaults in general?
Next time you boot the system, check the grub boot menu and see if the memtest option is there. If so (and I'd bet it is), select that and let it run the complete set of tests. If it passes without any problems, it's easier to say there's no memory problem.
If you see any errors pop up during memtest's run, see if there is a BIOS option that you can change. I have one system that would occasionally have a fit under load. Running memtest showed errors during the block memory move test (test 7, if memory serves). I changed a setting in the BIOS called (something like) "Highest performance" to "disabled" and it passed the memory tests without error. (And there's no noticable performance hit. Well, other than the one that comes from it being a PIII/733.)
Memory problems were, at one time, not as noticable when running Windows. Even loading Linux on a system wouldn't necessarily expose memory problems until you did something pretty intensive like a kernel compilation and, all of a sudden, BAM! A signal 11 error stops the process in its tracks.
Try the memory test and see what happens and post the results.