Re: Dazed and Confused

From: H. Peter Anvin (
Date: Mon Dec 09 2002 - 14:19:00 EST

Followup to: <Pine.LNX.4.42.0212061133330.7770-100000@egg>
By author: Greg Boyce <>
In newsgroup:
> > Then buy better ram ;)
> We have a large number of a very small number of machine types. The
> OS images installed are identical, and the bioses should be identical
> between each individual machine types.
> Since the number of machines reporting this error are pretty small, I
> think it's unlikely to be power management, or anything like that.

What you have, then, is a set of defective machines.

> I'll mention it to the people who handle the replacement of hardware, but
> from the sounds of this and Dick's e-mail, it's most likely hardware of
> some sort or possibly overheating. They can decide if they want to try to
> figure out which component is causing the problem, or if they'd prefer to
> just replace the faulty machines completely and worry about tracking the
> component later. We have plenty of spares in the warehouse.

Indeed. This is the way to do it.

FWIW, a lot of PC vendors do extremely limited testing on each
machine and effectively use warranty service as a burn-in test.


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