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August 10, 2006

SUSE Linux 10.1 redeemed – problems caused by faulty hardware

by @ 7:01 pm. Filed under SUSE Blog News, SUSE News, Work-Related

The server story continues. Today, my manager told me to install Windows on that box that has been giving me so much trouble. After coming back in from being violently ill outside, I got to work. Immediately, the Windows 2000 disc asked me for RAID drivers. Sweet… no dice there. Windows fails again. I took that information to my manager who said to install Windows 2003 Server. After coming back in from being violently ill again, I installed Windows 2003 Server on that machine. About 4 minutes after it was finished, imagine my glee when I saw this on the monitor:

SUSE Linux 10.1 rides again


As it turns out, the machine is just a dying piece of junk. It would crash on the NIC drivers, then it would crash on the RAID drivers. Windows 2003 Server even crashed on the NTFS drivers.

My manager is giving me a different machine tomorrow so I can put SUSE 10.1 on that bad boy. Woots. Wish me luck.

I got such a kick out of that BSOD that I have added to my Windows Error Gallery. Go check it out.

6 Responses to “SUSE Linux 10.1 redeemed – problems caused by faulty hardware”

  1. Viktor Says:


    And to think the majority of the population say “Windows just *works* ”

    Man that put me in a good mood for today – just before I head off for my shift.

  2. Tristan Rhodes Says:


    Have you done a memory test on that server? (FYI – The Ubuntu 6.06 LTS install CD offers the memory test on boot.) I had a very similar message and it turned out that one of the memory sticks was defective. A simple swap of that memory fixed the problem for me.

    Good luck! I am glad you still get to install Suse on it!

    Tristan Rhodes

  3. Christer Edwards Says:

    I don’t understand how using windows gives you ANY idea on measuring the reliability of hardware. I guess in the end you ended up with new hardware, but I will argue that Linux has better hardware support than windows does. Period.

    Windows is supposed to work on everything, which is a lie. The manufacturers drivers written for windows work for that hardware, but Windows itself doesn’t support crap. I have had an easier time installing hardware on my linux desktops over the past few years than I ever did in windows.

    Glad you got another pic for your gallery.

  4. Scott Morris Says:

    I did a memory test on the server between Thursday and Friday for 22 hours. It came up with nothing.
    Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Scott Morris Says:

    I totally hear you. My manager is a Linux skeptic, so any time Linux doesn’t “Just Work” he has to try the same thing with Windows, just to see if it will work. Which, in this case, it didn’t, which brough joy and glee to my day. And the next day, I got my new server. So, in the end, Linux took the crown yet again.

  6. E@zyVG Says:

    Aren’t we all familiar with that screen – blue screen of unproductivity and frustration.

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