[CentOS] Strange new boot problem with CentOS 4 machine

Tue Apr 20 16:48:42 UTC 2010
Bowie Bailey <Bowie_Bailey at BUC.com>

m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>> I have a custom-built PC on which I've been running CentOS 4.x (kept
>> up to the latest x) for a few years without any problems ... until
>> this week.
>> Last week I was out of town on an extended trip, so I shut the machine
>> down and powered off my UPS, etc.  When I returned on Saturday, I
>> turned everything back on, and the machine seemed to be booting
>> normally ... and then it just very abruptly turned itself off, and
>> refused to power back on.  A short while later I was able to restart
> <snip>
> Does it croak before or after it hits the interactive option? If after,
> hit that I, and step through.

On the other hand, the symptom of refusing to power back on seems to
indicate a hardware problem.  I had a similar issue that turned out to
be a bad power supply.