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Old 08-07-2004, 07:00 PM   #1
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Emachine Woes


New to Linux and just installed SUSE, everything works except once im in kde and at the desktop all of a sudden system shuts down for no particular reason.
During the install it created a partition for my XP Pro.. and xp still works without any problem.. but usually these issues come within about an hour.. it just shuts down.. IE... I was opening Yast.. and it shut down abruptly.. no warning... another time I was viewing an Avi File and it shut down...
Is it because I am using a Celeron Processor 2.3 Ghz with 512 mb of ram on this emachine.. is SUSE compatible with celeron processors??.. can anyone help
 
Old 08-07-2004, 07:03 PM   #2
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Oh I also forgot to mention.. I thought it may have been the linux version so I downloaded Xandros.. and I had the same results.. Not very stable versions or my os cant handle the linux I am downloading..
 
Old 08-08-2004, 12:48 AM   #3
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I am on an emachines celeron with a flawless dual boot of XP and SuSE. Try running memtest86, i'm not sure of the website maybe http://www.memtest86.com/ If you have bad RAM it isn't going to work well no matter what OS you are usining. It is possible that the bad spot of RAM is high up in your 512MB, so maybe watching a movie or using YaST accesses the bad part of RAM and it crashes. Try doing a very heavy load of programs on windows and see if it crashes or anything. If you are using a lot of swap space it could be bad hard drive spots too.

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Old 08-08-2004, 01:48 PM   #4
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Ok Thanks for the feedback, I'll try it out and write back what I find...
 
Old 08-09-2004, 10:50 PM   #5
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It wasnt the ram

I think I figured it out.. after formating my hd a couple of times. And installing different versions of linux... I installed mandrake right after the format and I must have seen about 200 errors saying high processor temperature.. So I believe the fan on the cpu may be out or my main fan.. any opinions.. Seeing as linux kept cutting off . .. irattically... It seems like when its been off all night it works a little bit longer.. but once it starts to shut off.. it hapens pretty frequently.. maybe windows doesnt have that utility and doesnt know once the cpu is hot... well anyways.. if you think its the cpu give me a hollar.. or other suggestions..

Ps.. By the way... the ram scan came out with no errors..
 
Old 08-10-2004, 01:41 AM   #6
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The temperature warning thing may be able to be turned off in the BIOS if you don't want to crack the case open, although I wouldn't suggest doing that. When the computer is on does the fan in the powersupply work? If not then you need to replace the powersupply, if you do this yourself make sure you pay attention to wattage and form factor (probably mini-ATX). If the fan in the power supply is working then open up the computer and turn it on to see if the CPU fan is spinning, if it isn't spinning then buy a new one (socket 370/socket A are celerons usually). If it is spinning it could be just too small of a fan (i had to replace the fan on my emachines because it was just too darn small to handle the work load I demanded) so you could try to get a new fan or try to see if it is something different. A new fan could cost from 10-60 dollars depending what it is, you also could go w/ a water cooler if u wanna spend that much money of course. I have one of the fans where the heat sink is circular and the fan is inside the circular heatsink and that works GREAT.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 11:58 AM   #7
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Great ADVISE!!!

The Fan on the Heat sing wasn't moving... The reason why it had about 5 inches of dust all throughout the heat sing and smothering the fan.. I got a vacumme and cleaned it all out.. installed suse, xandros and some other fun toys.. and its working flawlessly.. Thanks for all the Ideas.. It really helped..
 
Old 08-10-2004, 12:47 PM   #8
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I can't help but say.....


Another Computer saved my Proper Cooling! Hooah!
 
Old 09-14-2004, 09:39 PM   #9
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How do i partition threw emachine back up disk

PLEASE HELP i want to do a duel boot with xp and debian and i have no idea how to partition threw the emachine back up disks.
(norton ghost)
do yall have eny sug. and is there eny way around that
 
Old 09-14-2004, 10:01 PM   #10
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emachines are funny things
 
Old 09-14-2004, 10:48 PM   #11
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My Emachines has that partition, it doesn't even show up in fdisk on any OS...so basically just go along as normal and it will be fine, I think the BIOS actually blocks you from getting that partition.
 
  


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