Shuttle X2700N Trouble

My Shuttle XPC X2700N just crashed.

On reboot it gets past grub and then kernel panics with the following error:

acpi aborted because no cpio magic

Anyone ever seen this error before? I never have. I’m hoping the hardware isn’t borked in some way.

I’ve got memtest running on it now, and after that runs for a while I’ll try booting in single-user mode.

Thanks to Bazaar and my paranoid habit of pushing copies of my article repos out to different machines I haven’t lost any of the work on my current article projects (one is due Monday), but it’s still annoying that it happened.

And here I was feeling pretty good about the Shuttle and how reliable it had been . . .

🙁

UPDATE: The memory doesn’t appear to be bad, nor does the hard drive.

It looks like the kernel is the problem. When I select 2.6.27-11 from the grub menu, I get the error. When I select 2.6.27-9, the system boots just fine. I’ll reinstall the 2.6.27-11 kernel and see if the problem goes away. This is weird.

UPDATE 2: Well, one sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-2.6.27-11-generic and a reboot later and I am back running on 2.6.27-11. I still don’t know why it happened, but I can envision it as a B-movie at the local drive-in: “When Good Kernels Go Bad!”. 😉 I’ll update again if I find out.

2 thoughts on “Shuttle X2700N Trouble”

  1. Hi, this is not on topic but couldn’t find out where to contact you.
    I read your review of the Dell mini 9 in the latest Linux Journal. In it you state that the wireless is broken every time Ubuntu is updated but easily fixed.
    Wireless on my laptop was broken by update, could not find out how to fix it.
    Would you please explain how it is done.
    I have googled but nothing relevant.
    After I re-installed, discovered that updates break resolv.conf. ;
    also that identification of Atheros chip had changed; from ath500x number, to ath200x

    thanks
    Pete

    1. Yes, the wireless in my D610 laptop breaks more often than I like. I’ll write up a post on what I do to fix it. Look for it in a day or so.

      That is one of the things I like about the Dell Mini 9: the wireless “just works”.

      Thanks!

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