i just had had a very strange system crash and would be very appreciated if one could give me a hint on where to search the error. i am even unable to point to a software or hardware error, since it is now working fine.
first firefox hanged. i was able to kill it and restarted it. still it would not respond. compiz desktop cube was working fine, however when i switched to another desktop, the desktop vanished with an error message like “unable to access desktop, it might have been deleted” (but i could still switch with cube). my background was then gone, however the screenlets i use were still there but unuseable. i’ve had enough then and restarted X with Str+Alt+Backspace, however it would not restart.
i then switched to TTY 1 and it was full of error messages of X ("warning: display lasted for 0,000X seconds etc). i could not login to any TTY, i just got the message:
/etc/initscript: Input/Output error
INIT: Id “1” respawing too fast: disabled for 5 minutes.
lastly, after a hard reset, the bios hang after the message “checking for USB devices” (should detect an external harddrive). i removed power, switchted it back on. then the CPU-Fan started, but immidiatly went off again. a few seconds later the same thing again. then about 10 seconds the system started without me pressing the power button an is running since then.
what i did prior to the crash:
i’ve had about 20 youtube tabs open, all paused. then i had to switch the batterys in my mouse and had to search for the receiver. while i searched i removed an USB cabel which was plugged in the PC but was not plugged in anything else. when i found the receiver and got my mouse working again, the crash happend.
any suggestions? i couldn’t find anything in the x server logs yet. what other logs could i have a look at?
thanks in advance for your help!