On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 02:40:58PM -0600, Nathan Kinkade wrote:
> On Fri, May 21, 2004 at 10:50:46AM -0700, Gary Kline wrote:
> >     For some months I've had increasing troubles with my 
> >     4.9/4.10 abruptly crashing.  This morning I found my
> >     workhorse server, tao, down and hung up while trying to
> >     fsck /usr.  I cleaned everything thoroughly and then
> >     started xdm.  The grey screen showed, the mouse was frozen;
> >     after 30 seconds, BOOM.  Another crash.  After yet 
> >     another round of fsck's, I tried startx.  To see what 
> >     errs might kill the X11 boot.  No: same blank grey screen,
> >     same frozen mouse,same OS crash.
> > 
> >     I tried /stand/sysinstall to reconfigure X.  No luck.
> >     I'm now doing my next stable sup upgrade and am doing
> >     yet another buildworld  && buildkernel.
> > 
> >     I doubt this will resolve the X Window snafu, tho.  So:::
> >     what x11/*XFree* ports do I have to fetch/build/install??
> >     ((I'm assuming the reason for the crash was X-related,
> >     but this is only a first-SWAG.) Also, if anybody has had a 
> >     similar problem, please let me know.
> > 
> >     tia, people,
> > 
> >     gary, ssh'd in from ethic.thought.org
> Could this be a hardware issue?  All other things being mostly constant
> I wouldn't think that software usually all of a sudden goes bad or gets
> misconfigured.  Possibly it got corrupted on the disk for some reason,
> but then I might wonder what caused the disk to get corrupted in the
> first place.  How about trying a new video card and/or peripherals?
> This is assuming that your setup was working one day and then the next
> went bad, or if it is flaky and intermittent.
> Nathan

        Yes, it certainly could be a bad disc or even bad DIMM.
        I'm running an i815 motherboard that had video/audio
        built in.  But the drive may have gotten kicked or bumped.
        How can I test a 40G drive??


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