[TAG] Flaky system
ny at youngman.org.uk
Thu Nov 3 16:22:46 MSK 2005
On Wednesday 19 Oct 2005 09:02, Neil Youngman wrote:
> My main system has come over all flaky this morning
> ifup won't bring up eth0 (No networking problems in win98)
> On boot it generates a bunch of messages about hda9 not having a valid
> FAT filesystem and not having a valid NTFS filesystem.
> On one boot it had lost the system time
> On another boot I had to reset the HDD details in the BIOS to get it to
> boot On the most recent boot it complained about unknown filesystem type
> Given the diversity of problems I wonder if there is a major hardware
> problem underlying some of the symptoms?
It seems to have been a pair of problems occurring together.
There appears to be a known issue with Mepis and Debian whereby an upgrade of
the hwdata package results in a loss of sound and ethernet detection. At
roughly the same time as this happened on my system, my BIOS settings were
lost for no apparent reason. It may have been a battery problem, but as it
hasn't recurred despite the system being powered down for a week it may have
just been a glitch.
The 2 problems occurring together made it look as though the system was in a
bad way, whereas it seems there was very little actually wrong.
The BIOS problem hasn't recurred, sound detection solved itself and a simple
update to /etc/modules (as suggested by Thomas) sorted the ethernet problems.
It did provide an opportunity to demonstrate how easy it was to continue
working by booting from a Knoppix CD and spending the day running fom
Knoppix. After copying a few key SSH and Mozilla settings it was very easy to
continue working as normal from Knoppix.
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