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I've taken it upon me to try to remedy my father's work computer, a Duron running linux. Lately, the linux on it is having serious trouble booting - random segmentation faults during boot - after 4-5 reboots it can manage to boot up correctly, and may be functioning the whole day.

My first thought was the memory, so I replaced it with a stick from an old mobo I had lying around - same thing.

I cleaned the CPU and HSF, applying new thermal paste, still same behaviour.

I tried a different PSU, still same.

HD is brand new, and HD failure usually manifests in a different manner.

Tried lowering the memory speed from 133 to 100 as well...

Could it be the CPU itself that produce this behaviour?
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post #2 of 10
have you tried a different motherboard if a spare one laying around?...is there options on mem timing...maybe those are too low....SPD could be read wrong........
 
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post #3 of 10
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The other mobo is an old Intel CPU, same type memory though.

This rig is a few years old - couldn't find any memory timings in BIOS. It's been running ok these years, this problem just recently appeared.

My personal suspicion is that the Duron's got alzheimer's... I think it's a socket a, not likely that I can go down the hardware store and get a replacement :-/
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post #4 of 10
u know sometimes u gotta take ur pc apart & put it back together for it to work fine.
basically unplug everything & plug em back in,certain stuff can be loose to..but clean 1st.

EDIT:at first i said to clean all your stuff but u did that already so jus unplugged everything & see what happens.
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by IceDon View Post
u know sometimes u gotta take ur pc apart & put it back together for it to work fine.
basically unplug everything & plug em back in,certain stuff can be loose to..but clean 1st.

EDIT:at first i said to clean all your stuff but u did that already so jus unplugged everything & see what happens.
That's called Chip Creep. It's a good idea resorting your rig once a year or so.
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post #6 of 10
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Thanks for the input.

This old baby is really sparse and clean - nothing much to unplug and put back except CPU, IDE, power, memory - no slot cards.

I think I'm going to have to rip it all out and put my old intel P3 kit into it - pops needs his computer :-)
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post #7 of 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by Waperboy View Post
Thanks for the input.

This old baby is really sparse and clean - nothing much to unplug and put back except CPU, IDE, power, memory - no slot cards.

I think I'm going to have to rip it all out and put my old intel P3 kit into it - pops needs his computer :-)
well plug out the IDE & so on,theres nuttin much in any pc to plug out but the IDE,power,& memory...also plug it out from the drivers to both HDD & cd rom drive.this worked for me at times before when my pc is not even comming "ON",but if this dont work then something is dead or dieing in that pc & its failing.
    
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post #8 of 10
I may have a spare athlon lying around - but it prolly wouldn't reach you 'til after xmas hols.
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post #9 of 10
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newphase: How gracious of you, but that won't be nessecary :-)
Taking it apart completely for one more try, then I'm changing the whole kit.
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i got a spare duron 1ghz im not doing anything with...i think it works not sure i need a motherboard cause i purchased the applebred 1.8ghz and i dont know if works or not cause of MB lol
 
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