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Old 09-15-2008, 01:12 PM   #1
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Debian Server Constantly Crashing

I'm not really sure how to explain this problem. I built a computer to set up as a server. Specs:
  • Asus P5N-D Motherboard
  • Intel E7200 Wolfdale CPU
  • 1 GB ULTRA PC4200 DDR2 533MHZ
I installed Debian Etch on it and everything was working fine. However, once I moved back into my apartment for school, the server would randomly crash. I couldn't SSH to it and there was no output when I plugged my monitor directly into the video card. Both my old and new place were using Comcast internet. I didn't make any major changes since moving back in either. Recently, it was running for two weeks straight, but last night the power went out. When it came back on, i started up the server and it was running fine. Withing a few hours, however it crashed again. I'm not really sure what it going on here. It seems that whenever there is a crash, the last item on thr syslog is my awstats update cron job which runs every hour on the hour.

Any suggestions an what the problem could be? I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
Old 09-15-2008, 02:10 PM   #2
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could be a component that went bad..

download and run the memtest86+ memory test program. to test your memory.

Could be power related issues, do you have a UPS attached to the PC ? Is the power supply going bad/not providing the correct voltages ?

Usually a random crash for no apparent reason is hardware related.
Old 09-15-2008, 03:32 PM   #3
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Well, I'm using the stock PSU that came with the case. Probably not the best PSU, admittedly. I'm going to try and run the memtest utility and see if that's the problem. If not, I'll consider getting a new PSU.


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