Description of problem:AFter problem-free installs, RedHat 8.x up to 9.0 eventually becomes catastrophically unstable:
freezes, crashes, etc., after varying lengths of time (weeks, months) running OK. Eventually, crash screwed up
BIOS, so I could not re-boot machine at all, because BIOS gave message: "hard drive not installed." Technicians
have thorougly checked hardware and BIOS (upgraded to A09), and hardware runs fine under Windows 2000.
However, everynew installation of Redhat results in eventual crash. Confer also bugzilla bug 39808.
Our local people suggest that my continual up2dates (including kernels) caused RedHat to screw up hard disc
driver. However, I have not tested this.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
instability consistently recurs after variable running time, with mean value in weeks, after RH installation..
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RH from scratch and run on Dell Dimension 8200 in my office.
Eventual crashes, ultimately at BIOS level
Stable running for months!!!
Apologies for letting this bug sit idle for so long...
If the BIOS is not finding the hard drive, and there are random
crashes, it's probably a hardware problem. The best people to talk to
are tech support - bugzilla is a place for specific bugs.