Hi, It's the OP here, just thought I'd give you guys an update.
Well I haven't had anymore problems with suddenly losing power or not being able to access my HDD.
Any idea what you did to alleviate this problem?
On the other hand I have had FF crash suddenly, without warning, several times since my last post.
The last time it happened was just a few minutes ago.
I doubt it's my CPU overheating as I was listening to online radio via VLC during the last crash and it was unaffected.
Nah... but you can make sure if you use the temperature monitoring widgets already available in KDE. It's beginning to sound more like a Flash issue, if I read your other posts correctly. Flash for Linux has gotten more tempermental lately, almost as if Adobe doesn't love us anymore or something...
I am tempted to do a new, fresh install of PCLinuxOS and try my luck with that, but losing all of my current settings and tweaks would be a real pain in the A$$.
However since I am currently multibooting eight different distros and really only use PCLinux, I may sacrifice one of the other distros so that I can do a fresh install and gradually tweak it to my tastes.
Are you using completely separate /home partitions for each distro? Some are more sensitive to cross-pollination of configuration files than others. This may be a possible source for your problems.
If however FF crashes on the new install then I don't know what to do.
I love to say that I would pull out all of my hair but that ain't saying much these days.
EDIT: By the way I thought that a power supply would only crank out as much power as is required of it, i.e. a 600 Watt PSU will not draw 600 Watts if only 400 is demanded of it - correct?
Well, not exactly... It depends strongly on its design. A more powerful unit with a heavy core transformer will require a certain quiescent current to keep the cores saturated, so a larger unit will require more at lower power levels than a similar unit rated for less. Oh, and by the way, if its rated for 600W output, it's likely to draw a bit more than that in input power due to resistive and reactive losses.
If the design is more up to date, (uses more a more modern configuration), it is possible for the power supply to idle at much lower input currents. This is a good thing if being energy-conscious is part of your outlook. Definitely look at all the information you can lay hands on, and consider the design of the unit as well as its ratings to make your best choice.
Oh, and Firefox crashing? It goes through spasms like this, it seems. One release of Firefox will give folks headaches which subsequent releases will attempt to fix until the development team is ready to release the next 'evolutionary' version with a new rendering engine or some such, and the cycle begins again. We're definitely in the extended maintenance phase of Firefox's life-cycle.
Don't tear out what hair you have left over that. For all its shortcomings, Firefox is still one of the better web browsers out there, and deserves our support. (Hey, it could be worse; we could all be still running Mosaic.