It was a Memory Problem

Who would have thought? The source of my hardware issues this past two weeks was the RAM memory. As I previously wrote in my older post, I was experiencing a kernel panic. The symptoms were that my keyboard and mouse would locked up, the keyboard’s Caps Lock and Scroll Lock also flashed. The only recourse was to reset the computer.

Initially, I thought it was the power supply, then I thought the CD, DVD or floppy drives. I disabled the on-board sound. I even changed graphics cards. I should have tested the memory first. That was my gut feeling. I read on one of the forums that whenever there is a kernel panic that most likely, it would be a RAM issue. I should have done the memory test first.

The last couple days, I contemplated on buying a new motherboard, CPU and memory, but it can wait for now. Eventually, I need to upgrade.

Isolating the problem was great. It was an issue I have been battling for almost two weeks. Stupid me.

Currently, Frys sells 1GB DDR PC3200 400Mhz memory for $30. That’s the cheapest DDR without any rebates. I hate rebates.

I should really upgrade my system. I was looking at a package deal, an AMD Atlon X2 Quad 620 for $99, an Asus motherboard for only $40 at the Micro Center. It’s really a great deal. Throw in a 2GB DDR2 800Mhz RAM at $49 and I’m set to go, but I’ll wait for a little bit.

Hardware Issues

My Linux desktop is sick. It’s having a hardware problem. It’s causing the kernel to panic. The mouse freezes and keyboard is flashing. At times, it causes the OS to shutdown. It doesn’t matter what distro I install. I tried the last 4 Ubuntu releases, Linux Mint 7, Linux Mint 8 and Fedora 12. I haven’t figured out yet if it’s a memory or a motherboard problem. I have eliminated just about everything else including power supply, CD, DVD, sound card and graphics card. It’s probably a memory issue. So now, I’m stuck on a Windows XP machine.

Interesting news today. The French and German government are sending out warnings to those who use IE as the fallout of the Google and China IE Zero Day security hack reverberates worldwide. Microsoft is directing users to use IE 8 instead. I say move to either Firefox, Safari or Chrome. I abandoned IE 5 years ago for the same reason. Some call for dumping IE now.

If you contemplating in interviewing with Google, better Google about what Google could possibly ask you during the interview, because Google, the company, tend to ask very tough interview questions. It’s interesting to hear about Google’s hiring policy, in that it focuses on super bright, intelligent people, which doesn’t seem to always translate to the best workers or workers with great interpersonal skills or better yet, workers with common sense.

Should Fedora release Fedora 13? For superstitious folks, thirteen is an unlucky number. Nevertheless, Fedora is forging ahead. Fedora 13 benchmarks are out, along with Ubuntu 10.04.

The Ubuntu Manual

The next release of Ubuntu, Lucid Lynx will come with a comprehensive manual, with guides, how-to, and pretty much everything you need to know about Ubuntu. From Learning Ubuntu:

In the next Ubuntu release, 10.04 Lucid Lynx, there will be a comprehensive manual included which will cover a number of guides, how-tos, and everything a new user needs to know after installing Ubuntu.

The Ubuntu manual will be distributed as a PDF file, and will be updated every six months. The first alpha release of the Ubuntu manual is set to be ready by February 10th, but an early release is available for download.

The title page for the Ubuntu manual has still not been decided, but there has been several title mockups already submitted. One of the most polished title mockups submitted was this particular piece.

Super OS

I’m trying out this new distro called Super OS. It is essentially Ubuntu. It even looks like Ubuntu. The difference is all codecs are pre-installed. It works right of the box. No more messing around making movies, flash and mp3s to work.

Super OS is similar to Linux Mint and Kiwi Linux, all based from Ubuntu Linux. It’s definitely worth trying. I’m even thinking of trying out Linux Mint again. There is a new version Linux Mint 8 I have yet to try.