Machine temporarily died? [Solved]
This has been very irritating, since it's difficult to predict and reproduce. I can't even remember the exact sequence of events, so let me just say that I've been experiencing some odd behavior today, like two or three times. The first time a game crashed when I tried to start it up on a new X server. Another time there was a process that could not be listed (ps took control of my virtual terminal and halted) or killed - init made a comment about it as I attempted in vain to reboot cleanly. Both of these were a result of my using a buggy CVS version of the game, but I feel it's odd that it would take down the operating system and not just the X display.
What's stranger is that when I power cycled the machine afterwards, I couldn't get the machine to boot - no POST, no BIOS splash screen, it was just dead with no monitor signal. I swaped monitors, graphics card, and memory, and even unplugged IDE devices, but I found that it didn't matter, the problem seemed to be the motherboard or CPU itself and appeared to occur randomly. Most of the time I'd get no video signal at all when I started up, and then maybe one third of the time I might get part of the system to boot and then it'd totally freeze again. This happened both in the middle of linux's boot procedure and while simply browsing the BIOS menu.
I don't really expect anyone to be able to help that much, given the vague and fickle nature of the problem, but I wanted to get it posted just in case it rings a bell for someone. Has this happened to any of you - where the hardware just seems to die for a while when used for most of the day, and then work later? Just a little over an hour ago I thought this motherboard was dead for sure, and now I'm using it to write this post.
Does it sound like an overheating issue? My fans all seem to be working fine, and I don't think I was taxing the processor that much. How would I be able to tell?
AMD Athlon XP / MSI KT4AV