I have an AMD A10-5800K 3.8Ghz on a Gigabyte GA-F2A88X-D3H board. I've been using it for about 4 years without problem. Yesterday it refused to start the kernel, rebooting on the
Loading initrd stage.
At first I thought it could be something related with the hard drives. I have two HD, one with dual Windows/Linux boot and the other, an SSD with only Linux, but all of them failed in the same way.
I made a Fedora usb boot disk and the same happened, reboot in
Loading initrd. With that Fedora disk I did a memtest, and everything reported ok.
Finally I found that starting the kernel with
maxcpus=1 solved the problem, but of course i just have one of the four available cores.
So, I assume it is a HW question. My doubt now is, what is failing, the motherboard or the processor ? I tend to think that is a mobo problem, but without a solid argument, just I saw lot more mobos failing than processors.
Having no other equipment, what can I do to discard, i.e, a processor problem ? Or would it be safe to discard it already and just buy a new mobo ?