Another theory on the reboots: I was surfing trying to find information on a Sony laptop that started up and shut down almost immediately. One site said that there were bad capacitors (see below) in the power conditioning circuits that caused it to overheat and shut down to protect itself. It said that there was a software fix for some operating systems, but not Linux. It suggested replacing the caps AND adding a copper plate between the CPU and the heat sink, with appropriate thermal grease.
Some of the accounts of reboots seem to come when we ask the Pal to do a lot of things at the same time, presumably generating heat. We are also advised not to let the Pal get hot (as in an enclosed cabinet). Also, someone said that they had put their Pal on a surge protector and did not have any problems (presumably filtering out any of the power surges any power conditioning capacitors would have captured as heat).
So can anyone experiencing many reboots comment on the thermal environment and/or surge protectors in their setup?
Badcaps - the PC world has been plagued with problems created by bad capacitors produced in Taiwan. Supposed one firm stole the design from another firm, but got it wrong and produced many bad capacitors that were used in many different brands of PC. Maybe the PAL got some of these, but I would think they had been built long after the problem was identified and precautions taken not to use any caps from known bad sources. See http://news.cnet.com/PCs-plagued-by-...3-5942647.html
, which says, in part, "Defective capacitors found in the Dell Optiplex workstations, some Apple iMac G5s, HP xw-series workstations made in 2004 and PCs with the Intel D865GBF motherboard have been found to bulge, pop, leak and crust over, causing video failure and periodic system shutdowns
. " The article also says that there have been more recent problems with caps from a Japanese company in Dell computers, so the problem may still be current. Perhaps someone who has cracked a case can take a close look to see if there are any bad caps.
I did have a "freeze" last night, as opposed to a crash. I came home to a recording in progress and the Pal would not respond to the remote until I did a remote-based shut down (green light off, red light on). Then it was fine, as was the show I was recording (incidentally, folks, thanks for telling me about "chasing" a program).