[sf-lug] Ubuntu Desktop PC Freezes - possible hardware problem?

jim jim at well.com
Wed Jan 6 16:14:22 PST 2010

   good description of symptoms. if you're comfortable 
with using the command line, use the  dmesg  command 
and see if there are any failures listed. 
   if you're working on your machine between 6 PM and 
8 PM, use email to ask questions. 

On Wed, 2010-01-06 at 12:33 -0800, Matthew Petty wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a desktop machine running Ubuntu 9.04 which has been freezing, 
> and sometimes not starting at all.
> I press the power button, and sometimes the power and fan come on, but 
> the machine doesn't boot.
> Other times, the machine starts to boot, goes through grub fine, and 
> then freezes on the Ubuntu logo screen.
> If it gets past that, it tries to do a "Routine check of drives" but 
> freezes during that, unless I skip it using Escape.
> It it gets past all of those, it starts up, functions fine, connects to 
> network, and so on, but then at a random point it will freeze.
> When it freezes, the power button and reset button on the front don't 
> work at all, so I have to flip the power supply switch on the back to 
> turn it off.
> I opened it up, checked the connections, cleaned out a little dust, but 
> I can't see anything wrong. Any advice?
> Regards,
> Matthew
> p.s. I'd bring it to Noisebridge tonight, but it's a tower case, and 
> I'll be going straight there from work.
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