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Malfunctioning system

Dear all,

I recently put together a computer. It's an Athlon 64 3000+ with 512 MB of RAM, an AOpen AK86-L mobo, NEC DVD+/-RW, 160 GB SATA drive and some older ATI graphics card. I've had no end of problems with this system and I'm asking for some advice here mostly because Fedora (FC1 for x86 64) is the only distro that I managed to install successfully.

The first problem I had was that the memory was flaky. This was solved by moving the RAM module to the next slot.

Memtest usually works for a couple of passes but then usually crashes due to an "unexpected interrupt".

Currently I had some issues with the fan, it was rubbing up against some power cables, not good at all. Ever since that Fedora won't boot. It tries to set the hostname and seems to hang.

When I boot knoppix I have issues. It complains about the USB modules but my USB mouse and keyboard seem to work fine. The CD seems to have errors in it (occasionally during the boot process there will be a read error but the boot will continue) when I start up but the same CD has no problems when I run it on my IBM Thinkpad.

In short, the system is unstable. Fedora used to work on it, but had problems (at some point my DVD drive was not autodetected. In fact, there appeared to be no cdrom device at all, which I find very confusing.)

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do before I start replacing parts?



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