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Old 06-26-2009, 07:30 PM   #1
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Jaunty crashing


I have a serious problem on my desktop, I just installed ubuntustudio jaunty version on an empty partition and it keeps crashing randomly and I do not know why.

My machine freezes and I cannot access a terminal, I installed ssh server to see if I could log in remotely after a crash but I had no luck. It looks like my machine just freezes randomly after 5+ minutes of usage.

I will post the details on my desktop when I get home.

I am trying to find out how to figure out what is causing my machine to freeze, what logs should I look at?

On a last note, someone might argue that the problem could be with the distribution, ubuntustudio itself is the cause of the problem however it is not. I attempted to install plain ubuntu jaunty and the install crashes after it attempts to configure my hardware and the install goes straight to live CD mode.

I think the nvidia drivers are making my machine to crash but I don't know how to diagnose this problem, what logs should I be looking at???
 
Old 06-26-2009, 10:58 PM   #2
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Start looking in /var/log. Some key files would be:

/var/log/messages
/var/log/debug
/var/log/syslog
/var/log/kern.log
 
Old 06-26-2009, 11:00 PM   #3
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On a related note, when your system freezes up, can you ctrl-alt-f1 to a console? Also, if you have another system, can you ssh to it?
 
Old 06-27-2009, 12:04 AM   #4
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On a related note, when your system freezes up, can you ctrl-alt-f1 to a console? Also, if you have another system, can you ssh to it?

Thanks a lot for the input.

I am unable to access a terminal, or console by pressing ctrl-alt-f1. I'm going to try and restart the X server when I find out how to do it since someone was kind enough to change the way you restart the x server because apparently a lot of people were pressing ctrl-alt-backspace and were losing a lot of work. And yes, I believe in my initial post I stated I installed an ssh server on my desktop and attempted to log in to it from another machine and was unable to, it seems my computer freezes completely, I cant go into a console, unable to log in using SSH, I cant do anything.

I'm going to look at the logs and if you have any clues as to what strings I should grep for please let me know. The first thing I'm going to try is to disable the nVidia drivers and see if my ubuntu box keeps crashing.

Here are the details of my machine(custom build):
32 bit ubuntu studio

GNOME 2.26.1
Kernel 2.6.28-3-rt (#12-Ubuntu SMP PREEMPT RT Fri Apr 17 10:09:11 UTC 2009)
Memory 2945 MiB

AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ 2813.275 MHz
GeForce 6100 nForce 405
 
Old 06-27-2009, 01:17 AM   #5
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I'd be guessing memory - if you have 3 Gig, did all the memory get installed at the same time ?.
How is the memory configured - (3 x 1 Gig, 2 Gig + 1 Gig ...) ?.
 
Old 06-27-2009, 12:58 PM   #6
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I'd be guessing memory - if you have 3 Gig, did all the memory get installed at the same time ?.
How is the memory configured - (3 x 1 Gig, 2 Gig + 1 Gig ...) ?.
It's not the memory. I have 2 sticks of memory with 2 gigs each for a total of 4 gigs. With a 32 bit OS I can only use 3 gigs.

Another note, I have ubuntu studio hardy 8.04 installed on the same machine in another partition in the same hard drive and that one doesnt crash the way jaunty crashes. I installed both about the same time. They are both fresh installs installed in their own partition.

I disabled the nvidia drivers and jaunty is still crashing.

The next thing I'm going to try is to disable sound in the BIOS since it seems pulse audio is having problems seeing my mic. The next thing that I'm going to try is to try installing jaunty in another hard drive and test my current 500 gig SATA HD although I seriously doubt it's the HD since hardy should be crashing as well if the HD was bad. I also have XP installed in another partition which I use for gaming and XP is not crashing.
 
  


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