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Old 08-07-2018, 07:35 AM   #16
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If this happens to you again, my recommendation as a possible remedy is to full unplug the system for at least thirty seconds, then start up normally. Chances are it will come right up without issues. That is, if it even ever happens again.
Yes, that's precisely the behaviour I've found. I haven't tried unplugging, but just switching off at the mains and trying again later seems to do the trick. So you think it's a bios failure and not a mechanical glitch like a bad seating?
 
Old 08-07-2018, 08:19 AM   #17
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Done! ......... Yes, it's a lovely distro!

The network card on Bigboy has gone awol twice more but most days it reports for duty.
I keep coming back to it, even though I try OpenBSD one in a while, but I do have that in reserve, just in case Linux goes 'mad' with things like systemd, etc.

(You might try running AntiX live on 'Bigboy' to see if your card still fails, just in case there's something iffy with your present distro/set up, as in maybe a failing sector on your disk.)

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Old 08-07-2018, 08:58 AM   #18
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(You might try running AntiX live on 'Bigboy' to see if your card still fails, just in case there's something iffy with your present distro/set up, as in maybe a failing sector on your disk.)
No point. I have three working distros on Bigboy (Crux, Debian Stretch and LFS) and when the card is gone, it's gone on all of them. It definitely isn't the OS.

I like the explanation Wells gave. It sounds convincing, especially as I also have long-running battery and clock problems.
 
Old 08-07-2018, 11:01 AM   #19
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Well, it looks like it might be time to 'retire' 'Bigboy'.
 
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Well, it looks like it might be time to 'retire' 'Bigboy'.
But I'm really fond of him. Besides, where can you get a decent desktop machine nowadays? Not even the classified small ads in the local paper have them any more.

No, if Bigboy finally fails, I shall have to buy a modern laptop (not a second-hand one like Littleboy) with at least the same specs and well-behaved Intel electronics, tether it to the mains and plug in my mouse, keyboard, screen and router.
 
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Guess you don't want to try swapping the slots or can't?
 
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There's still some places selling new desktops, mine came from Novatech, but I think Dell still do some too, & maybe HP.

https://www.novatech.co.uk/pc/home/

(I bought all my Novatech computers online from their store, never had any problems.)
 
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Most times when my old desktops would go flakey, putting in a new PSU fixed things.
 
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Or opening the case and blowing a house fan on it to keep the old power supply from acting it's age (stupid teenagers)
 
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Shadow_7, you obviously haven't read many of my posts or you would know that I am completely ham-handed. I can't touch hardware without breaking it. So I am certainly not going to do either of the things you suggested. But thanks for the advice, which I know was well meant.
 
  


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