UbuntuFilter:Linux people - how would you troubleshoot this one? All of a sudden my sound card doesn't exist, my CD burner doesn't burn, and fusermount doesn't want to work anymore. Everything was fine on Monday. Any suggestions on how to figure out WTF is going on?
The longer story:
My work desktop is running Ubuntu Dapper. I came to work on Tuesday to find I had left my streaming audio on, ie I was still hearing audio through my headphones. However - my box was in an odd state. The keyboard was not responding, the mouse was responding sporadically. I couldn't log in - no keyboard. I tried to ssh into the box from another machine, but that didn't work - I didn't get any response. At that point I just rebooted via the power button. While the box rebooted, fsck was run - it apparently found and fixed some errors in the root partition, and rebooted itself. Finally, once the box was finally up and I was logged in, I noticed the soundcard (a crappy onboard soundcard) was apparently no longer installed.
I updated everything that was pending (i'm a little slack on keeping up with updates). I followed the instructions in this thread
, hoping to fox my sound issues, including reinstalling and recompiling galore, but nothing will make Ubuntu see my soundcard again. I also posted to the same forum (link
), but no one there has said anything.
In the meantime, thinking maybe now would be a good time to make some backups, I've realized that my CD burner is no longer working. I get a generic error message. Right before any burning starts - "An error occurred while writing". Helpful.
Also, to further confuse things - fusermount no longer wants to work. I use it on a daily basis to mount different machines I have ssh access to via sshfs, and it's worked flawlessly for well over a year. Now, I get this: 'fusermount: mount failed: Operation not permitted'. This happens no matter what I do - it doesn't matter which machine I try to mount, it doesn't work.
I can't help but think this is all related. Bad memory? Flaky harddrive? Linux gurus - what would you do? (Oh, our long time sysadmin quit a couple months ago, so I'm pretty much on my own here...) I'm getting someone else to download and burn me a LiveCD (Gutsy), but that'll take a couple hours. I'm not a linux newbie by any means, but I'm definitely not an expert. I'm a developer; my strengths are not in debugging installs or hardware. That being said, I can check log files (if I know which one to check), google with the best of them and follow directions, but having done all that, I'm now here asking if any linux mefiers have any insights or suggestions? If this was your box - what would you do?