I think my cpu is on it's way out. The computer keeps on crashing for no reasons; either after a few hours or sometimes just a few minutes. When I start it I get 2 messages at the very top that took me hours to write down so fast they go by;
Hardware Error; no human readable MCE decoding support on this cpu type Hardware Error; run the message through 'mcelog --ascii'
or something to that effect.
I found this on wikipedia;
MCEs require a restart of the system before users can continue normal operation: they often indicate a long-term problem of a general nature.
overclocking (which normally increases heat-output)
poorly fitted heatsink/computer fans (the same problem can happen with excessive dust in the CPU fan)
an overloaded internal or external power supply (fixable by upgrading)
Computer software can also cause MCE errors (normally by corrupting data which programs read or write). For example, software performing read or write operations from or to non-existent memory regions can lead to confusion for the processor and/or the system bus.
I didn't overclock and it happens most of the time when I have too many tabs opened in FF (in Linux) or if I play a game in Windows. It just happened 3 times while I was writing this post and trying to open a new tab to go to wikipedia to retrieve the info I found last night. I am now writing it first in gedit ( kinda like notepad ) which I save every paragraph so I don't have to retype the whole thing over and over again.
I did get a 12 foot s-video cable and connected a big tv set someone gave me to what used to be my wife's video card video card ( EVGA e-GEForce FX 5500 ) but I do get the crashes even when the cable in unplugged.
I have blown out the dust (which I do on a regular basis) and I also tried reseating the RAM as someone suggested in a recent post..
So would you say the problem is the cpu and how could I retrieve the info running the message through 'mcelog --ascii'? I've tried a whole lot of variations in a console without any luck?
Edited by réjean, 15 July 2012 - 08:56 PM.