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Old 01-29-2008, 02:28 PM   #1
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Possibly bad hard drive.


I am using openSUSE 10.3 in GNOME, and after I leave the computer on for a while, nautilus crashes. Except, it's not like a normal crash, it just won't pull up anything in my home folder. After this happens, an ls command will hang, too, and I can't ctl-c out of it, and it doesn't return the prompt. I did some checking around, and an ls command will work an all of the other partitions, just not one mounted to home. Any ideas? could this mean I need a reformat or something?
Any help is greatly appreciated. Let me know if you need anymore info.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 01-29-2008, 03:07 PM   #2
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Before you do anything else, backup your home partition onto another hard disk. Then reboot into a rescue kernel and run fsck on your home partion. I don't know enough about your setup to be more detailed, but your hard drive could be almost dead.
 
Old 01-29-2008, 03:21 PM   #3
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See if there's any SMART errors:
# smartctl -s on /dev/hdX
# smartctl --all /dev/hdX

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Old 01-30-2008, 10:21 PM   #4
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Ok. I did some more checking. I entered in all of the commands that you guys gave me, and they all returned without errors. I also checked again, and it is only the home folder itself that induces the problem. I checked and other subfolders with the home folder work. Just the home folder doesn't.

Any ideas now? I am completely baffled, but this is pretty annoying.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 02:10 AM   #5
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To me it looks like just general system instability (nautilus crashes once in a while, as I remember when I was using it, and as a consequence it took most of GNOME with it). But, if you think it's not that, and your system begins to act very strange, then try running memtest86 to check your RAM. I doubt it's the RAM tho, what you would be experiencing wound be far more strange.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 09:26 PM   #6
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To me it looks like just general system instability (nautilus crashes once in a while, as I remember when I was using it, and as a consequence it took most of GNOME with it). But, if you think it's not that, and your system begins to act very strange, then try running memtest86 to check your RAM. I doubt it's the RAM tho, what you would be experiencing wound be far more strange.
Not necessarily wrong here about the RAM. I would suggest that the OP does run the memtest86 for a good duration. Try and make certain the conditions environmentally are the same. If you have the case open then close it back up to check the RAM and system.

If you haven't had the case open for a while then open it. Make sure it's clean of dust within the case, fans, heat sinks etc. You can use canned dry air (Dust out at Walmart). I use a small filtered compressor with low pressure settings.

Blow out the power supply case with some dry clean air.
 
Old 01-31-2008, 11:46 PM   #7
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Ok. Well I reinstalled and spent some time cleaning the case out. So hopefully this helps at least a little. It seems like it ded.
 
Old 02-01-2008, 01:56 AM   #8
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It is imperative that you check your RAM like you were advised. A clean install may not duplicate the same problem you were having. Remember that chips have different electrical properties based upon heat. Your ram stick might work cold, but then mess up when getting warmer. RAM errors can be rather random when the system is running. The only way to tell is to thoroughly check it.

Ram errors can cause your file system to become corrupted sometime in the future. Imagine if you lost your memory while doing surgery (if you were a doctor). You would really mess up the patient.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!
 
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Ok. Well I reinstalled and spent some time cleaning the case out. So hopefully this helps at least a little. It seems like it ded.
It should help a lot. Maintenance is a good thing. Keeping the system clean is important. Especially if the environment is dusty or dirty. Once you've done the maintenance be sure to let the diagnostics run for a good time frame. I will run over night on some test systems.
 
Old 02-02-2008, 10:30 AM   #10
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Ok, I will do. Thanks to all of you for the help.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 01:33 AM   #11
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I think I figured it out. I had an NFS share mounted to my home folder, for a laptop I own. When the NFS mount went stale, (i left home), Nautilus would freeze, and since the mount was in my home folder, it ruined everything. I just moved it to my /mnt directory. Hopefully this will help.
 
  


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