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Re: system hangups

Basil Chupin
Paul Neuwirth wrote:

> On Thursday 03 August 2006 19:16, Jerry Feldman wrote:
>> On Thursday 03 August 2006 12:46 pm, Paul Neuwirth wrote:
>>> I can boot all runlevels, but theres no X installed. Maybe "hangup" is
>>> the wrong word (English is not my mother language). The system stands
>>> completely still, the text-curser doesn't blink anymore, even num-lock
>>> isn't working. Some actions in YaST cause that, i even could not install
>>> with graphics mode, the install of 10.1 failed every time (i think
>>> because of the zen-daemon).
>> Ok. When you boot into single user mode (run level 1 or s), can you log in
>> as root? Or does your system freeze up once the boot ins complete.
>> Single user mode only has your root file system mounted, and no daemons.
>> At this point, only the kernel, kernel daemons, init(8) and bash should be
>> running. You should have a login prompt.
>> It is very important to know if your system is locked up in single-user
>> mode or not.
>> If you are locked out in single user mode, then the problem could be with
>> your keyboard. I've seen this happen with USB keyboards being locked out
>> after switching from a PS/2 keyboard to a USB.
>> What I am trying to do here is to go back to the most basic setting. We can
>> assume that your memory is ok.
>> If you can work in run level 1, then lets try to run fsck:
>> make sure your root file system is mounted read-only. I've seen the mount
>> command lie, so just test by creating a garbage file:
>> touch foo
>> If you get a permission denied, then root is mounted read-only. If this
>> succeeds and foo is created, then force a read-only mount:
>> mount / -o ro,remount
>> Then run 'fsck -sA"
>> This will run fsck through all your file systems serially.
>> Once this succeeds, then go to run level 2 manually. Keep an close watch on
>> kernel messages. Let's see what happens in run level 2.
>> --
>> Jerry Feldman <[hidden email]>
>> Boston Linux and Unix user group
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> it's wired... the problem doesn't seem to be existent anymore... but i think
> to know what the problem is/was. When the problem occured, the room
> temperatures were very high (about 40°C and some more), in recent i already
> had problems at high temperatures with the mainboard's chipset (for example
> POST errors, BIOS data deleted, BIOS not loading or even such system
> freezes), the chipset is not actively cooled... now at about 22°C room
> temperature the system works fine... i would never buy an elitegroup
> motherboard again...
> thanks for all the help

I think that you should be grateful that you *do* have a motherboard
which is capable of monitoring the temperature of your CPU and
motherboard and shuts the system down when the temperature gets too
high. What would you rather have, a system which shuts down so that it
can keep functioning when the temperature drops or a system which
doesn't work at all because the CPU is cooked and has to be replaced?

The temperature of your CPU, for example, is the sum of the ambient
temperature (40C in your case) plus the operating temperature of the CPU
*LESS* the temperature by which your CPU fan or other fan(s) can reduce
the temperature of the CPU and the air in the case to try and equal the
ambient temperature. So, if your ambient temperature is 40C and you have
no fan(s) blowing the heat away from the CPU (and/or the chipsets on the
motherboard) then your CPU (and mobo chipsets) is being fried. So you
are very lucky that the BIOS on your elite motherboard is smart enough
to switch your system off so that you still have a CPU.

You would know the brand/type of CPU you have. Look at the specs for it
to see what the maximum temperature it can operate at.

How often do you open up your computer case and clean out all the
gunk/dust from all the components (CPU fan blases, heatsink fins,
motherboard and the components, video card fan)? I do mine at least once
every 3 months. I have 10 fans (from 120cm to 40cm) in the case and if
the temperature of my CPU gets to around 56C I start to get nervous even
though the max. operating temp. for it is 77C. Accumulated dust on
components prevents heat escaping and while hi-fi components are built
to cater for this the computer components are meant to be kept as cool
as possible - which is why there is an art, and an associated industry,
in keeping CPUs etc cool (see, eg).


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