Hello Fedora Users,
Ive been using fedora since fc3 and have been pretty satisfied.
To get to my problem, I have some very worrisome problems which i dont know are solvable...
First the System:
F7 / Windows XP Pro dual boot
Dell precision M70
Pentium M 2.26Ghz
Nvidia Quatro FX Go 1400 (kmod Nvidia installed)
Second the symptoms:
Very odd font problems in very low processes like in the BIOS and in bootup. Random charachters replaced by symbols of every sort, even smileys (which i didnt even know existed in ASCII or whatever it is). Very strange striations and artifacts across the the screen starting after the initiation of bootup and effects everything after. Occasionally the screen will change color, whites go to a dull yellow, etc.
W1nd0w$ wont even boot, it blue-screens for a split second (thats blink of an eye
, too fast to make out the readout) then reboots. I noticed, what i think is something new as the fedora boots up. It said something about updating Intel microcode. So just for the heck of it, i ran /sbin/microcode -u
and got this:
root@localhost ]# /sbin/microcode_ctl -u
/sbin/microcode_ctl: writing microcode (length: 249856)
/sbin/microcode_ctl: cannot open /dev/cpu/microcode for writing errno=2 (No such file or directory)
[root@localhost ]# rpm -qa | grep microcode
dont know if this has anything
to do with it.
I asked a friend of mine, he thinks that it probably a hardware issue, but this computer hasn't been moved for the last three months and i opened it up and cleaned out any dust just in case it was an odd short or something, which didnt help. I dont believe that it over heated, but it's a slim possibility, The day this started to happen the [13th of this month i think] i left it on when i went to work and came back to find that it was on the login screen, which means it rebooted itself. I dont remember what OS i was in, but i had been doing some recent CAD work in Windows, and i run windows without virus protection or automatic updates (I hate it rebooting on me unexpectedly). the only reason i use window is for my CAD software. I have downloaded some files using a torrent in windows, and this happend shortly after (maybe right
after) an update in Fedora.
Anyway... any ideas?