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Computer meltdown*

My computer suffered a major meltdown earlier today. I still do not know exactly what is wrong, but I suspect hardware problems, probably hard drive or memory. The reason I think it is hardware failure and not something else is because Windows and Linux both failed to work at the same time. Also, when I try to reinstall Linux, the partition software cannot be launched, which should indicate that something is wrong with the hard drive.

However, the computer is not completely gone, because some things still work in Linux (I can write this text in the text editor, for instance, and with some problems, I can even review my Chinese characters). Any more advanced programs suffer from freezes every time an action is performed (such as clicking a button). The freeze lasts perhaps ten seconds, which renders most programs worthless (for instance, I cannot add new Chinese characters, because it would take me a couple of minutes to add one). Same goes for surfing the web.

This means that I will not be on IRC (although MSN and ICQ seems to work, at least occasionally). If I fail to fix this problem in the near future, I will have to hand the laptop over to a hardware shop, which is something I dread because I am so dependent on my computer for my studying and creative projects. Right now, it does not seem like I have much choice, but I will still have another go at this after I finish my class tonight. Anyway, regardless of what happens, you will definitely see less of me until this is fixed. I will try to check e-mail at least once everyday, but I cannot promise anything. A pox on all computer problems and see you soon.

*Nuisance alarm: I have now managed to solve the problem, at least partly. It turned out not to be that serious, but rather many simultaneous errors. This is very, very unlikely, but it actually seems like Windows collapsed entirely at the same time as Linux, but that they two operating systems failed separately. The reason I could not format the drives were not a fault in the drives themselves, but in the USB slot I used! So, after spending quite some time trying different combinations, CDs and so forth, I managed to wipe the Liux partition and start again. I now have Ubuntu 8.10 running without a hitch, but Windows is still a big mess. However, that is okay since I only use Windows for handwriting Chinese and recording Neil Gaiman’s Stardust, both activities I can live without for a while.

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  1. Niklas’s avatar

    vet int om du kommer att komma åt att läsa d här, men en av mina favoriteverktyg e http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
    en bootbar cd som ger tillgång till diverse diagnostikprogram
    den kanske int e den enklaste att ha att göra med, men med lite tid brukar den iaf ge en fingervisning åt rätt håll


  2. Jason’s avatar

    This is quite the stab in the dark, considering the circumstances, but something similar happened to me on one of my computers once and it was that part of one of the sticks of memory was corrupt. Removing that stick fixed the problem, and I think there is even supposedly a way on linux to mark parts of memory as “bad” and then the OS won’t use them…

    Good luck,


  3. Olle Linge’s avatar

    Okay, thank you both for your tips. As you can see in the short update, I manage to solve the problem anyway, it just turned out I was extremely unlucky (or lucky, depending on how you see it).