Linux box - Occasional boot failure
I think this might be a hardware question, so I'll ask it here. I have a Linux box which I built about 6 months ago, running an Athlon XP 2600/256 RAM/60 gig Maxtor HD and old Quantum Bigfoot 4GB HD/ECS K7S5A Mainboard.
Dual booting SuSE 8.2 Professional and Knoppix 3.2. SuSE is on the big Maxtor drive, Knoppix on the tiny (and much older) Bigfoot drive which I cannibalised from my old computer.
The way I boot is this: if I want Knoppix I hit <Delete> at boot time and change my BIOS to IDE drive 1. If I want to play with SuSE I do the same and change it to IDE 0. I wonder if this is a good idea, but I do it anyway :wink:
The problem: every 15 boots or so the system hangs during start-up. It gets so far, counts the memory and then the screen freezes and I have to reboot. It never gets as far as starting the actual OS when it freezes, and always works fine when I restart the machine.
Any ideas what might be causing this? It's an occasional but annoying problem.