[mythtv] mthtv restarting computer?

Henk Poley mythtv-dev@snowman.net
Tue, 31 Dec 2002 17:40:03 +0100

> Van: David-Georges Vitrant <junk@vitrant.org>
> so hmm I run mythfrontend clicked on mythtv then on watch tv, and poof
> machine restarts ???

Probably a hardware problem. First eleminate it being memory (DMA
problems). Either fudz around in your BIOS so it ignores memory errors. If
it stops it's *probably* your memory. (Be sure to reset it to check ECC
errors again afterwards)

Or/and track down "memcheck-86", it took me a while. At last I found it on
a magazines CD-ROM, so I don't know where to find it on the internet. Via
Google I only found references to it in mailinglists. The program will
check your memory (takes a while..) and produces a list of malfunctioning

There's a patch for the kernel which you can supply with a list of
erroneous memory areas. They will be allocated (or better 'leaked') by the
kernel at boot time so no process (or driver) will be able use it.

The other possibility to debug are the simple: take out a PCI-card, put it
back in, try MythTV... again...

My old PC had problems with the network card, when it "poof'ed" it
displayed "memory check failed". Press the reset button and it would work
again. At the end, it wasn't the memory, taking out the network-card and
putting it back resolved the problem (AFAI can tell).

	Henk Poley <><