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This is your regular reminder to back shit up. I just reinstalled the OS on my desktop last night because it was kernel panicking and refusing to boot. Wheefun.

Mostly everything of importance had been recently backed up, or was kept in my permanently syncing Dropbox folder, with the exception of a couple of recently edited vid files. And I was able to boot into the machine using a live USB Ubuntu installer stick and copy the remainder of unbacked up stuff onto an external drive. So I didn't lose any data, and everything now seems to be running happily. But it was scary- I'm involved in a couple of really involved vid projects at the moment and losing any of them would have meant losing months of work.


EDIT: And then two days later, the same refusal to boot/ kernel panic again. Which means a)There is some colossal bug with an update to Ubuntu 16.10 that nobody on the internet is complaining about or b)I have a hardware problem. Likely candidates: Hard drive, RAM, thermal issues, CPU. Desktop is a several year old refurb I bought last summer that had the RAM poorly seated when it arrived, but after reseating it seemed to be working fine, and I added some brand new RAM of my own at that time. Hard drive is passing Ubuntu's startup disk check, but could still be the culprit, and so I've seized the opportunity to switch to a new SSD anyway. The room the machine is in is not very dusty and the fan is definitely noisily working, so while thermal issues are still possible they don't fully match the symptoms. If CPU is bad, fuck it, I'm tossing the machine.
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