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Re: CPU/GPU? Lockup on Dell Latitude C640

On Wed, 2009-02-04 at 15:34 +0000, William M. Quarles wrote:
>  -------------- Original message ----------------------
> From: Brian Millett <bmillett gmail com>
> >
> > On Wed, 2009-02-04 at 07:11 +0000, William M. Quarles wrote:
> >> Hey all,
> >> 
> >> My Dell Latitude C640 laptop for some reason kept locking up on Fedora 9. I 
> >> thought it might be related to the fact that it was docked, so I undocked it, no 
> >> luck. Tried installing Fedora 10, it locked up in the installation program once 
> >> I got to custom package selection. Tried again while skipping the customization 
> >> process, it locks up during the package installation.
> >> 
> >> The lockup seems to be similar to the CPU overheating that I have experienced 
> >> in the past when a fan went bad on my Dell desktop. I'm not really all that sure 
> >> as to whether or not the fan is running on here when I have booted into Fedora 
> >> either. I think I've seen this happen when the GPU on my laptop overheated as 
> >> well. I also saw a common bug posted on Radeon graphics chipsets, which this 
> >> laptop has the Radeon 7500 set, but I am not sure if that is an issue either.
> >> 
> >> As usual (fortunately or unfortunately, I'm not sure which) I'm having zero 
> >> issues when using Windows XP Pro SP3.
> >> 
> >> Any ideas?
> >> 
> >> Oh, and is anybody else having trouble with Gmane lately? I can't seem to post 
> >> to the groups, and Lars won't answer my e-mails.
> >
> >
> >try doing a memtest with the live cd.
> >
> I'm very new to this Live CD concept. What is a Live CD, and how do I make it? Why wouldn't the memory test on the installation disc work instead?

On the Fedora 10 installation media, weither it is the Live CD, CD 1, or
DVD, the grub menu has a "Memory Test" option.  Select that to test the
RAM on your laptop.  If you tried to install with the Live CD, then when
you get the screen that it will boot in X seconds, press the down arrow
key to get to the GRUB menu items.

Brian Millett - [ G'Kar and Morden, "Signs and Portents"]
"The Centauri stripped my world. I want justice."
'But *what* do you want?'
"To suck the marrow from their bones and grind their skulls to powder."
'What do you want?'
"To tear down their cities, blacken *their* sky, sow *their* ground
    with salt. To completely, utterly, erase them."
'And then what?'
"Well...I don't know. As long as my homeworld's safety is guaranteed,
    I don't know that it matters."

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