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    Strange Crash on IBM ThinkCentre


    by jn6be ·

    I am a Physics major and research intern at University of Richmond, and I do my research on a school computer (a basic IBM ThinkCentre Pentium 4 desktop). I wiped the Windows off the computer and installed fedora core 9. It has been fine until now, but it seems to have crashed, it won’t boot. The initial screen pops up with the big IBM and the chance to go to the BIOS screen then it goes black and there is a

    “|B_” in the top left corner where the underscore blinks repeatedly. This is the only thing on the screen. The only keys that work are ctrl+alt+delete and that is to restart the system, only to do the same thing.

    In BIOS mode, I did get the computer to boot from the CD-ROM drive, so I can wipe the system and reinstall fedora, but that is an option that I would like to do last.

    I have had the school’s technicians take a look at it, but no one seems to have any idea. If any one has any ideas to help avoid wiping the hard drive please let me know! Thank you!

    Also if you have any question I would love to answer them!

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      by jn6be ·

      In reply to Strange Crash on IBM ThinkCentre


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      Have you

      by cmiller5400 ·

      In reply to Strange Crash on IBM ThinkCentre

      Have you run the hard drive mfr’s testing program?

      [url=] Hitachi’s DFT [/url]

      [url=] Western Digital DLG [/url]

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        Then there are the other Drive makers

        by oh smeg ·

        In reply to Have you

        Seagate Seatools



        IBM and Hitachi HDD’s Drive Fitness Tester

        Seatools from Seagate is a fairly universal Testing utility if you don’t know the drive makers name though if it reports a failure it may not be correct for the type of failure for non Seagate Drives.

        If the HDD fails the test remove it from that computer and test on another one to confirm that the drive is dead and not the Drive Controller on the M’Board of the computer. If you want a more Universal Test you can use The Ultimate Boot CD which is available free here for download.


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