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Re: losing .so files

On Mon, 2004-05-31 at 09:42, Chris Torske wrote:

> Anyways; on running the memtest86; I did get some errors, at 18.0MB 
> memory sections and 18.2MB memory sections (address range always 
> different; ran 28 passes through the tests; ran it about 10 hours 
> straight).  I haven't gone and resit the chips yet, as with time and the 
> anoayance of getting to the chips gets to change the decision a lot. 
> Anyways; if I this memtest86 is completely accurate, then I may have a 
> chip that is starting to go bad.  I should probably just find which it 
> is and replace, but I am not because of lack of money.  Already had one 
> stick go bad, and haven't replaced that either.

A DIMM may be going bad, or you may have a power supply that is running
on the verge of overload or failure due to age or accumulated gunk,
heatsinks on the CPU, northbridge or motherboard voltage regulators
almost certainly covered with dust/gunk preventing them from working
efficiently...etc, etc.  Gently cleaning heat sinks with a small brush
and q-tips may help considerably...carefully and only in a high humidity
to prevent static electricity discharges...

Also, make sure you either unplug the box or shut off the master power
switch on the power supply before you start doing anything with the
memory DIMMs.  Powering down an ATX motherboard (ie any PC mb made in
the last 8 years or so) with the front switch does *not* remove power
from the board...it only tells the CPU to move to a power down
state...the MB is still live with power applied to much of the

If this is a white box computer, it would also be worthwhile checking to
make sure that the vendor didn't overclock the CPU and especially the
Front Side Bus.  I'd need to know more about the system to say if this
is a possible source of problems.

The important point is that you *know* you have incipient hardware
failure.  Almost is ok for horseshoes and hand grenades but 100%
reliable is the only acceptable way to run a computer.  Until you fix
the hardware, you risk totally corrupting your system.  


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