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Hi all: My Suse 11 computer has been crashing; randomly once every couple of days. This computer mostly sits unattended downloading torrents, except when I'm browsing torrent sites or moving ...
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    Computer crashing


    Hi all:

    My Suse 11 computer has been crashing; randomly once every couple
    of days. This computer mostly sits unattended downloading torrents,
    except when I'm browsing torrent sites or moving files.

    Typically, the mouse, keyboard and screen freezes, though some
    processes may (or may not) still be running in the background.

    It seems to crash more often when there is intensive harddrive
    usage. A fiend tested the hard drives. And the drives formatted
    and OS reinstalled without fixing it.

    1) What software can I use to test the ram?

    2) I know my powersupply is marginal (and consumption highest
    using the harddrives), could low voltage cause this?

    3) What else should I look for/test.

    Sincerely
    /blair

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    Also, this computer ran for a year with no problems, before the crashing started. There have been no hardware or driver changes that could have trigger this.

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    I'm not 100% sure but OpenSUSE should have an option in the boot menu for memtest. Also, take a look at all of the log files (located in /var/log) for anything suspicious.

    If you have SSH running, when the freeze occurs try connecting and logging in from another computer, and if you do connect, it is PROBABLY not a hardware problem.

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    StressLinux has some utilities for testing your hardware under a load if you want to try it:

    Stresslinux

    It's a small download and runs directly from the CD.
    oz

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    > I'm not 100% sure but OpenSUSE should have an
    > option in the boot menu for memtest.

    Thanks, I found it on the install DVD; and I passed the
    RAM test. There is also a hardware test I'll try next.

    Sincerely
    /b

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    > also a hardware test

    Opps, FIRMware test.
    /b

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