Review your favorite Linux distribution.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 07-22-2006, 07:18 PM   #1
Registered: Dec 2002
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Distribution: Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Debian, CentOS
Posts: 216

Rep: Reputation: 30
random freezes and crashes

Everything feels like bad RAM, but I did a memcheck86+ or whatever the boot option in Grub says and let it run over night for 6 passes and it found 0 errors. In Windows it actually hard freezes as in no response from mouse or anything. It happens often when I'm loading a game, but also when I'm not doing anything I'll try to move the mouse and find its stuck. Sometimes it'll go for a couple days without freezing, but it does it. Also, sometime weird stuff starts happening in programs like in Photoshop I won't be able to save anything. Restarting the app works.

In linux I don't get freezes but random crashes of programs that certainly should be stable. A week or so ago one KDE app crashed and as I was trying to fill out the bug report, Kmail crashed!

because of the whole freeze thing in Windows I think its a hardware issue, but since the RAM checked out, how can I go about diagnosing it?
Old 07-22-2006, 07:29 PM   #2
Registered: Dec 2005
Location: Montana
Distribution: Debian "squeeze"
Posts: 157

Rep: Reputation: 30
Just to double check I would download latest Memtest86+ ISO and run again.

Then, I would download from the HD manufacturers website, their diagnostic utility for their drives. Run that and let it check your hard disk.

This issue really sounds like RAM to me, so just run the latest MemTest86+ again...

Old 07-23-2006, 01:46 AM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2006
Posts: 11

Rep: Reputation: 0
Crashes ?

On boot up if mem self check comes up probably ok.
I see them rarely fail. Mem test is a good program.
Download free program for CPU check.
Download free software to check hard drive.
How long have you had your computer? Couple of years?
Unplug ,wait a while for discharge, take off cover and safely (look) around too see if it has collected alot of dust especially around CPU fan and on motherboard.Get a blower and blow it out.
Check power supply too.
Make sure all fans are spinning and unobstructed.

Hope this helps,


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Random Server Crashes teamchachi Linux - General 2 10-20-2005 09:32 AM
random crashes byte.chaser Debian 34 07-01-2005 12:08 PM
2.6.7 kernel random crashes chakkerz Linux - General 4 06-28-2004 08:05 PM
random system crashes gbrad Linux - Hardware 1 01-04-2004 10:22 PM
random crashes of programs...... vyeperman3001 Linux - Software 6 04-16-2003 03:15 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:28 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration