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raela 04-29-2004 07:11 PM

Computer crashing seemingly randomly
Lately I've been having problems with mandrake 9.2 crashing. I thought it had to do with vmware (I use vmware to play mp3s- xmms puts out static and no one was able to help me fix it) since it seemed to crash then. Normally it will only crash once a week, but after crashing three times this morning I didn't start vmware back up. After using firefox with no crashes, I opened konsole and played an mp3 with mpg123.. and crashed. I doubt it is something with firefox since it crashed while I was using vmware + gaim. Anyone have any ideas on what is happening/how to fix it?

bulliver 04-30-2004 02:06 AM

Are you sure your entire system is crashing? Try switching to another console and relog in (ctrl-alt+F1,2,3,4,5,6). Run ps to see what actually crashed and maybe narrow down your problem.

raela 04-30-2004 06:38 AM

The problem is, the keyboard stops working, I've tried switching to other consoles, and even tried logging out.. the number lock key won't eveb change the light on or off. I checked the syslog, and there's nothing suspecious..

AutOPSY 04-30-2004 11:26 AM

What brand and model computer are you on?

(apmd incompatibility)

Crito 04-30-2004 12:15 PM

Intermittent crashes/lockups are usually hardware related. Could be a bad RAM chip failing at high temps. I'd suggest running some diags.

whansard 04-30-2004 12:17 PM

pull your soundcard out and see if the crashes go away.
or try a different soundcard.

raela 04-30-2004 02:46 PM

My computer is home made, my brother bought a bare bones system and stuck some stuff on it.. so the sound is onboard. The motherboard is model # K7S5A, the manual says AMD K7 processor. It has the SiS 735 chipset.

whansard 04-30-2004 05:11 PM

you can disable the onboard sound in the bios. and change the settings for it.

raela 05-01-2004 01:43 PM

Well, it just crashed when I had no music playing.. so isn't that. :( How would I run diags like Citro suggested?

whansard 05-01-2004 03:38 PM

since you probably don't have access to any hardware testing equipment, you should run some sort of memory, and hard drive tester, and. most of that stuff runs from dos. i used to work at a place that had a program called troubleshooter. ts.exe. i still find the best way is to pull parts in and out and swap them. if you can't figure it out, it's the motherboard.
anyway, that's what people that work on computers are for.

Draygo 05-08-2004 07:40 PM

Have you tried sshing into the machine from another? We are having the same issues at work. We can ssh into the box from another machine and kill the vmware process, but the ctrl, alt, and shift keys stop working after that. Only solution is a reboot.

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