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The display was still showing things but the keyboard and mouse weren't working, ssh wasn't working and neither was ftp. After a power cycle the system came back fine. What would have caused this?

The system was up for about 2 weeks (and last used about 8 hours before this occurred.)

* Which logfiles should I be looking at?

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closed as not a real question by pauska, EEAA, gWaldo, Sirex, warren Mar 6 '12 at 18:58

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...and the logfiles said...? – Bart Silverstrim Mar 6 '12 at 13:14
My guess is solar flares btw. – Iain Mar 6 '12 at 13:18
gremlins...they come out this time of year. – Bart Silverstrim Mar 6 '12 at 14:07

For that kind of situations, most likely are

  • Overheating
  • Bad RAM
  • Bad motherboard
  • Bad powersupply
  • Very buggy display drivers
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You forgot hard disk going bad. The logs should indicate that. I find that more likely than bad power supply or motherboard, or even display drivers if it had been stable for a long period of time. – Bart Silverstrim Mar 6 '12 at 14:09

It cud be a lot of fings. Rly u need 2 dig through sum log files, or setup monitoring incase it happen's again.

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Those dam Alots, they get everywhere – Smudge Mar 6 '12 at 13:46
is now fixed ! ........ – Sirex Mar 6 '12 at 14:01
HAHAHA the English pedant in me hates you. – Bart Silverstrim Mar 6 '12 at 14:10
I don't even...what? – tombull89 Mar 6 '12 at 14:34

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