[lug] CPU tester, Disk tester

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Tue Jul 1 15:03:27 MDT 2003

badblocks can do some basic disk tests.  I doubt the disk is at fault,
however.  When I've had bad drives, Linux stays up and tells me about

Has this system run other operating systems before?  Did they have

It might be a heat problem.
It could also be a power problem.  Not enough power or unstable power.

Compiling the Linux kernel is how I've stress tested the CPU and hard
drives in the past.

On Tue, 2003-07-01 at 14:50, Steve Sullivan wrote:
> Hi,
> I've a Redhat 9 box that crashes roughly once an hour
> when doing just about any trivial task.
> And it crashes reliably every time I run makewhatis.
> No trace is left in the log file.  It's a brand
> new installation, off the net, so I doubt it's been hacked.
> My guess is hardware.  I've run memtest86 and
> the memory appears OK.
> I suspect it's either the Intel Pentium, the VIA board,
> or the disk.  Do you know of any utilities to stress test
> Pentiums, the board, or disks?
> I've written a small disk tester program, but in userspace I can
> only test my allocated files.  Much more useful would
> be a bootable tester that tests EVERY block.
> Any ideas on Pentium or disk testers?
> Thanks,
> Steve
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