September 25, 2005

Linux Server Hardware Failue

On Friday, I noticed during work that my server was no longer available for remote access. When I got home that night, I discovered it was powered off. I was able to coax it back to life via some power-on sequence magic, but it died again shortly thereafter. So I decided this is finally the time when I need to upgrade my hardware. I went to Fry's Electronics to buy a new processor, RAM, motherboard, and power supply. I found out later that the motherboard doesn't support 3V AGP cards, so I ended up having to buy a new video card too.

Unfortunately, it seems Linux is not too happy with my new setup. I purchased an Athlon 64 processor, and a motherboard using the NVIDIA nForce3 chipset. I seem to have two problems. First, GRUB will no longer load off my hard disk. I can only bring my system up by booting it from the SuSE DVD. Second, at times it seems the system enters some sort of slow period. Commands that should execute quickly become delayed. And it doesn't appear to be hard disk related.

Posted by josuah at September 25, 2005 11:08 AM UTC+00:00

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