nelz wrote:I still think it could be a hardware thing. Linux uses memory differently to Windows, which is why I suggested that first, faulty memory will cause problems for Linux before Windows.
I appreciate your input, and I know I'm not the expert here, but lets examine a couple of things a little closer.
Where I live right now is almost mid summer, my little shed gets very, very warm (read 'bloody hot') during the day. I just ran a memtest for almost 24 hours with zero errors and it didn't look like it was going to stop. ps my computer has no covers.
When I retire to the shed in the evening I put on a fan and an air conditioner, then I turn on my computer for the first time for the day and run up Knoppix 4. Inside 3 mins it has locked up.
I'm ot a computer tech, but I am a telephone tech, I install and maintain small and large telephone systems, and I can't believe a heat problen can occur within three mins for knoppix, but not in 24 hours for a memtest.
I need a little more convincing.
No, the way I see it is, something in my machine is incompatible with Linux. Perhaps you were lucky enough to have a computer that is compatible, and therefore can't appreciate how frustrating this is for me. I have tried about four different versions of knoppix, the very first one I had worked ok, just didn't have the programs I wanted. But none since have worked at all. I have tried almost every distro on LXF over the past 2 years, either they crash fairly quickly, or they don't boot at all. I don't see how I could get so many faulty disks, so again we are back to an incompatibility problem.
Only one version of Xandros worked, again an early one, and none since.
I also get distros from other magazines, with similar results.
I can't get away from this idea of incompatibility. Nothing else makes sense.