Linux Sudden Death Syndrome?

root (
Tue, 3 Oct 1995 00:13:48 -0700 (PDT)

Has anyone had experience with the "Linux Sudden Death Syndrome?"

Symptoms include:

1) Hanging without warning, apparently randomly. can be anywhere from a few
hours to up to 10 days.
2) No panic information.. nada.. system just stops. no pings, etc.
3) No VC switching works, but can scroll up/down within the current VC with
shift-PgUp/shift-PgDn, so apparently SOMETHING is still working.

Does anyone know causes and perhaps cures for this mysterious syndrome?

We've had this problem from 1.1.13 all the way to 1.2.13. We've switched to
various hardware, motherboards, etc. and the problem stays. It appears at
this point to be a kernel problem.

I recall at one point seeing a web page dedicated to this problem but I
can't find it anymore.