I have been building my home servers/computers using AMD Athlon and ASUS motherboard for many years and I have been relatively happy with both.
I wanted to have a AMD64 machine and I bought a AMD64 Sempron CPU. I was just checking out Gigabyte motherboard when buying for this new system.
I'm happy with the CPU speed, but I'm not happy with the stability of the system, because it was so fragile that I could be browsing the web sites heavy with graphics, etc. and this Linux box would crash, leaving no trace of problem that I can find. I find no error reported in the log, etc.
Another doubt is whether x86_64 Linux kernel is less stable than i386 kernel, but my experience with Linux is that typically it was the defective hardware that cause system crashes. So, my prime suspect is not Linux kernel for the cause of my problem.
Is there someway I can troubleshoot the problem more as to what is defective -- the motherboard or the CPU? Which component could cause the system to shut down without warning and leaving no trace? This has never happened before.
This is also the first time I am using Sempron series CPU. I wonder if Sempron is less stable than Athlon for home server that needs to run 24/7.
Pointers to informative resources specific to the products is very much appreciated.
I thought the thread was deleted, but it reappeared; so, I'm following up here.
After upgrading to Fedora Core 6, I never get another crash anymore, with exactly the same hardware. So, I guess it was the software that caued the problem and not the CPU or motherboard. Sorry for even suspecting that.