Re: Why is my system doing this to me? various failures

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On 17/06/06, David Timms <dtimms@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Dotan Cohen wrote:
> I just now tried to open Konsole in FC5 on KDE. The system was
> installed less than a day ago, and has been yum updated today. Konsole
> showed up for about 1 second and then disapeared. No crash error
> message was displayed. And it won't stay up if I try to open it again.
> So I CTRL-ALT-F4ed into a console and tried to login as root (I want
> to yum something). I got this message and the screen locked:
> INIT: Id "4" respawning too fast: disabled for 5 minutes
> Are these incidents related? What would cause them? Thanks in advance
> for any ideas.

1. I don't know.
2. Perhaps you could try accessing from another machine (ssh if you have
sshd running and firewall open for ssh) ?

I'll set up SSH now. I do have the wife's winbox with putty here on
the LAN so I can try that. How do I set up SSH so that root cannot log
in? I'm not very experienced.

3. Can you look at what yum update for some hints? less /var/log/yum.log

What should I look for?

4. Try using grub to start runlevel 3  (append 3 to the kernel line and

Tried to load the system down in runlevel 3. It performed fine. but
then again, it performs fine with X running, too most of the time.

5. Do you have either the non-open source driver for either ATI or
NVidia graphics cards installed ?

Not that I know of. I didn't install them, as I have an old 32 MB card
with no 3D.

Note that I've had multiple lock ups in Both Fedora and Kubuntu. When
I upgraded from Kubuntu t Fedora I replaced the main (boot) hard drive
and the PSU. So I doubt if it's any of those. Also, I memtest86'ed the
whole night and it found nothing.


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