[nmglug] stress test laptop to see if will crash - tips?

Ted Pomeroy ted.pome at gmail.com
Sat May 8 12:18:45 PDT 2021

Mark and All, When I hear "the laptops I lend them have started not
working," I have to ask the user several questions. "not working" usually
means it won't do what I want, when I want and how I want. It can be a
variety of things and nothing at all. It may be that some cache or memory
allowance has been exceeded, which may be very specific to the "what I
want" part of things. When I encounter this situation I try to get more
information about the circumstances and details. Who knows, maybe one
cannot be playing Fortnite and while compiling code? Just a thought.
Thanks, Ted P

On Sat, May 8, 2021 at 12:44 PM Mark Galassi <mark at galassi.org> wrote:

> I sometimes get reports from my students that the laptops I lend them have
> started not working.  When I get them back I boot them and they seem to be
> OK.
> I have gone and run the classic unix "crashme" program to stress them with
> load and threads and memory access, but they go along nicely.
> I wonder if anyone has a favorite program to stress the system, disk,
> display, memory, CPU, ...  Display seems important: sometimes the problems
> I've seen had to do with the video drivers trying to use advanced hardware
> features that are not well supported.
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