[nSLUG] sudden shutdowns

Vikram Chhatre crypticlineage at gmail.com
Mon Feb 11 11:36:35 AST 2008


It seems like I am destined for hardware problems this month. 

This weekend my home computer suddenly started shutting itself down 
without any warning or signs.  This is a AMD XP 2200+ machine that I 
built 4 years ago when I was a student at Dalhousie.  It has served me 
well over the years.  Last month I upgraded from Slack 10.0 to 12.0 and 
things were working great until this problem started. 

About the time when I was planning the upgrade, I also opened up the 
machine and cleaned up all the dust that had collected in the box.   
There was a lot of it.  I should have really serviced / replaced the cpu 
fan/heat sink but I just cleaned as much dust as I could without taking 
the heat sink off.  Now I am wondering if my CPU is overheating causing 
the system to shutdown.

Since I was still tweaking my new Slackware version, I was in runlevel 
3.  I thought I should be able to quickly copy my working files to the 
flash drive without having to start X, but the system shuts down as soon 
as I plug in the usb flash drive.  The BIOS shows cpu temp at 86F.

Tonight, I plan to take the heat sink and fan off and replace it with a 
new one thats been lying around.  Perhaps that will make the problem go 
away.  In the meantime, it would help a lot to hear what you guys think 
the problem could be.   I will also open up and take a look at the power 
supply and test the voltages.  From what many of you said before, its 
quite likely the PSU is failing.  But would that cause problems like this?

The /var/log/messages has no relevant information about the sudden 


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