General :: Diagnosis An Unstable System / Seeing File System Is Not Clean During Boot?

Feb 22, 2010

So 2 days ago everything was all fine on my machine. Has been for about a month, but all of a sudden as of yesterday I have no sound, I am seeing IRQ interupts on boot, During boot I am seeing file system is not clean, , and swap space is being used for the first time while doing normal task, etc. These are 2 new hard drives in RAID 1 with ReiserFS. I should have used a newer FS but thats a whole other argument.

Anyways here we go.
The system is Debian Lenny amd64
Physical RAM 4GB + 6GB swap

Feb 21 07:35:09 Sarah kernel: imklog 3.18.6, log source = /proc/kmsg started.
Feb 21 07:35:09 Sarah rsyslogd: [origin software="rsyslogd" swVersion="3.18.6" x-pid="3994" x-info=""] restart

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EXT3-fs (sda5): mounted filesystem with writeback data mode</code>
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And i inputed that modeline into the monitor section, like so:


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(BTW, im not sure if these timings are 100 accurate until i reboot my livecd and check, but im sure thier pretty damn close, and my monitor hasent exploded yet if your worried bout it, grab your livecd, open your xorg.conf, and it "should" be in the monitor section)

Next, i had to input all the Options to not search for different modes into the device section:


And finally, i had to set the screen to output the 1366x768, entering Modes "1366x768_60_0"


In the Modeline and Modes section, its VERY important that you have it in the format i have it in. The Modeline name MUST be completely custom, by adding either letters or extra _0.

And thats it!

Reboot, restart X, whatever (I prefer reboot, gives me time to ponder ) and you should be good to go.

(I know this may seem like a beginners knowledge type of thing, but im a beginner, pretty damn bright, and it still took me 4 days So, if this helps just one other person, ive done my part)

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