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random system freeze

eric c wrote:
> hi all.  i'm experiencing seemingly random system lockups.  i get no 
> response from the keyboard or mouse.  <cntl><alt><backspace> OR <delete>
> do nothing.  <Alt><SysRq><just about everything on the keyboard here 
> including smashing my forehead on it> also do nothing.  i end up doing a 
> hard reset.  i have a "mp-bios bug 8254 timer not connected" upon boot 
> but this may not be important.  see previous thread 

Under Linux, random system freezes can be caused by bad drivers, but 
it's much more often a component responding badly to heat, or bad RAM.

Having said that, the only real time my server locks up is when I'm 
transcoding videos with ffmpeg *and* I try burning a DVD *and* the 
system load is high due to other servers running, all at the same time. 
  Next server is dual core, for sure.

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