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    "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    Hi there,
    I migrated to new laptop ~10 days ago and since that time my nightmare doesnt stop. My system keeps crashing over and over. Every time it is the same. When I start the laptop, it tries to boot, purple Ubuntu screen flashes and gets black only showing
    could not write bytes: broken pipe

    I know that this issue is raised already few times and I went through many of them and nothing worked. I already reinstalled system 3-4 times and every time it gets to the same thing. Ubuntu runs fine for 1-3 days and it crashes in a way thet looks to me as the same.

    Could you, PLEASE, help me to figure it out?


    Hereunder I listed what you can find at the end of the post. Its just to make things more compact and then you can look for what you need at the end
    my hardware
    Code:
    sudo lshw
    my OS (at the moment I run it al liveCD but thats the one installed and this is the CD I installed it from)
    Code:
    lsb_release -a
    my partitions
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    I tried to update and upgrade while running live CD
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    for i in /dev /dev/pts /proc /sys /run; do sudo mount -B $i /mnt$i; done
    sudo chroot /mnt
    dpkg --configure -a
    apt-get update
    apt-get upgrade
    dpkg --configure -a
    reboot after failed as well

    While installing I had a problem wit Broadcom STA wireless driver so I hamered it in a bit
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer b43-fwcutter
    cat /etc/modprobe.d/* | egrep 'bcm'
    cd /etc/modprobe.d/
    sudo gedit blacklist.conf
    And I put a # in front of the line: blacklist bcm43xx

    So I thought It might be a problem with non propitiatory drivers so I tried this
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2058521

    nothing positive to report here

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    .
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    I tried 10-15 different things I could found online and non of them worked. I'm out of ides

    Best, Srdjan


    My laptop
    Code:
    sudo lshw
    ubuntu                    
        description: Laptop
        product: Latitude E5530 non-vPro (Latitude E5530 non-vPro)
        vendor: Winbond Electronics
        version: 01
        serial: 7PS5NX1
        width: 64 bits
        capabilities: vsyscall32
        configuration: boot=normal chassis=laptop sku=Latitude E5530 non-vPro uuid=44454C4C-5000-1053-8035-B7C04F4E5831
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: 05GRXT
           vendor: Winbond Electronics
           physical id: 0
           version: A00
           serial: /7PS5NX1/CN1296137V02E9/
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Winbond Electronics
              physical id: 0
              version: A11
              date: 05/20/2013
              size: 64KiB
              capacity: 13MiB
               capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect  socketedrom edd int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880  int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer acpi usb  smartbattery biosbootspecification netboot
         *-cpu
              description: CPU
              product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3130M CPU @ 2.60GHz
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: 53
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3130M CPU @ 2.60GHz
              slot: SOCKET 0
              size: 1200MHz
              capacity: 2600MHz
              width: 64 bits
              clock: 100MHz
               capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr  pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx  fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp constant_tsc arch_perfmon  pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni  pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid  sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic popcnt tsc_deadline_timer xsave avx f16c lahf_lm  arat epb xsaveopt pln pts dtherm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid  fsgsbase smep erms cpufreq
              configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 threads=4
            *-cache:0
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: 43
                 slot: CPU Internal L2
                 size: 512KiB
                 capacity: 512KiB
                 capabilities: internal write-through unified
            *-cache:1
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: 44
                 slot: CPU Internal L1
                 size: 128KiB
                 capacity: 128KiB
                 capabilities: internal write-through data
            *-cache:2
                 description: L3 cache
                 physical id: 45
                 slot: CPU Internal L3
                 size: 3MiB
                 capacity: 3MiB
                 capabilities: internal write-back unified
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 46
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 4GiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
                 product: NT4GC64C88B1NS-DI
                 vendor: Nanya Technology
                 physical id: 0
                 serial: 01760905
                 slot: Top Slot
                 size: 4GiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: [Empty]
                 vendor: [Empty]
                 physical id: 1
                 serial: [Empty]
                 slot: Bottom Slot
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller
              vendor: Intel Corporation
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 09
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
            *-display
                 description: VGA compatible controller
                 product: Ivy Bridge Graphics Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
                 version: 09
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                 configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
                 resources: irq:41 memory:f6400000-f67fffff memory:e0000000-efffffff ioport:f000(size=64)
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi xhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=xhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:40 memory:f7f00000-f7f0ffff
            *-communication
                 description: Communication controller
                 product: Panther Point MEI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 16
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:16.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=mei latency=0
                 resources: irq:43 memory:f7f1b000-f7f1b00f
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1a
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 memory:f7f18000-f7f183ff
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:44 memory:f7f10000-f7f13fff
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.0
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:16
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.1
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:17 memory:f7e00000-f7efffff
               *-network
                    description: Network controller
                    product: BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
                    version: 01
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=bcma-pci-bridge latency=0
                    resources: irq:17 memory:f7e00000-f7e03fff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 3
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.2
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:e000(size=4096) memory:f7200000-f7bfffff ioport:f0a00000(size=10485760)
            *-pci:3
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 4
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.3
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:f6800000-f71fffff ioport:f0000000(size=10485760)
            *-pci:4
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 6
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.5
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:17 memory:f7d00000-f7dfffff
               *-generic
                    description: SD Host controller
                    product: O2 Micro, Inc.
                    vendor: O2 Micro, Inc.
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
                    version: 05
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=sdhci-pci latency=0
                    resources: irq:17 memory:f7d00000-f7d001ff
            *-pci:5
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 7
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1c.6
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1c.6
                 version: c4
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pciexpress msi pm normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:18 memory:f7c00000-f7cfffff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: NetXtreme BCM5761 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:0c:00.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 10
                    serial: f0:1f:af:30:03:42
                    capacity: 1Gbit/s
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                     capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list  ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd  autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on  broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.128 firmware=5761-v3.80  latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
                    resources: irq:45 memory:f7c10000-f7c1ffff memory:f7c00000-f7c0ffff
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci-pci latency=0
                 resources: irq:21 memory:f7f17000-f7f173ff
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: Panther Point LPC Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
                 version: 04
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=lpc_ich latency=0
                 resources: irq:0
            *-storage
                 description: SATA controller
                 product: Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
                 version: 04
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: storage msi pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ahci latency=0
                  resources: irq:42 ioport:f0b0(size=8) ioport:f0a0(size=4)  ioport:f090(size=8) ioport:f080(size=4) ioport:f060(size=32)  memory:f7f16000-f7f167ff
            *-serial UNCLAIMED
                 description: SMBus
                 product: Panther Point SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
                 version: 04
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: memory:f7f15000-f7f150ff ioport:f040(size=32)
         *-scsi:0
              physical id: 1
              logical name: scsi0
              capabilities: emulated
            *-disk
                 description: ATA Disk
                 product: HGST HTS725050A7
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/sda
                 version: GH2O
                 serial: TF755AXEJPE26D
                 size: 465GiB (500GB)
                 capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                 configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=000c433b
               *-volume:0
                    description: EXT4 volume
                    vendor: Linux
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                    logical name: /dev/sda1
                    logical name: /media/f3fcebcc-cff9-4e68-8a70-b41426c1f265
                    version: 1.0
                    serial: f3fcebcc-cff9-4e68-8a70-b41426c1f265
                    size: 68GiB
                    capacity: 68GiB
                     capabilities: primary bootable journaled  extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink extents ext4 ext2  initialized
                    configuration: created=2013-09-07  15:07:15 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2013-09-16 20:06:48  mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered  mounted=2013-09-16 20:25:24 state=mounted
               *-volume:1
                    description: Extended partition
                    physical id: 2
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                    logical name: /dev/sda2
                    size: 3980MiB
                    capacity: 3980MiB
                    capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                  *-logicalvolume
                       description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                       physical id: 5
                       logical name: /dev/sda5
                       capacity: 3980MiB
                       capabilities: nofs
               *-volume:2
                    description: EXT4 volume
                    vendor: Linux
                    physical id: 3
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,3
                    logical name: /dev/sda3
                    logical name: /media/MIX
                    version: 1.0
                    serial: c829c94f-a60a-42d5-89da-0b6baba528ba
                    size: 325GiB
                    capacity: 325GiB
                     capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes  large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                     configuration: created=2013-09-07 17:17:19  filesystem=ext4 label=MIX lastmountpoint=/media/sda3 modified=2013-09-16  20:29:58 mount.fstype=ext4  mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered mounted=2013-09-16  20:29:58 state=mounted
               *-volume:3
                    description: EXT4 volume
                    vendor: Linux
                    physical id: 4
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,4
                    logical name: /dev/sda4
                    logical name: /media/WORK
                    version: 1.0
                    serial: 6ca4b4b3-8a62-440b-8160-a54f923e0c6a
                    size: 67GiB
                    capacity: 67GiB
                     capabilities: primary journaled extended_attributes  large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                     configuration: created=2013-09-07 17:17:26  filesystem=ext4 label=WORK lastmountpoint=/media/sda4  modified=2013-09-16 20:29:47 mount.fstype=ext4  mount.options=rw,nosuid,nodev,relatime,data=ordered mounted=2013-09-16  20:29:47 state=mounted
         *-scsi:1
              physical id: 2
              logical name: scsi1
              capabilities: emulated
            *-cdrom
                 description: DVD-RAM writer
                 product: DVD+-RW SN-208DN
                 vendor: TSSTcorp
                 physical id: 0.0.0
                 bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                 logical name: /dev/cdrom
                 logical name: /dev/cdrw
                 logical name: /dev/dvd
                 logical name: /dev/dvdrw
                 logical name: /dev/sr0
                 logical name: /cdrom
                 version: D100
                 capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
                 configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime state=mounted status=ready
               *-medium
                    physical id: 0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /cdrom
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime signature=0734a21a state=mounted
                  *-volume UNCLAIMED
                       description: Windows FAT volume
                       vendor: mkdosfs
                       physical id: 2
                       version: FAT12
                       serial: 6376-a03b
                       size: 15EiB
                       capabilities: primary boot fat initialized
                       configuration: FATs=2 filesystem=fat
      *-battery
           product: DELL HMYXT36
           vendor: LG
           physical id: 1
           version: 06/04/2013
           serial: 3F53
           slot: Sys. Battery Bay
           capacity: 62160mWh
           configuration: voltage=11.1V
      *-power UNCLAIMED
           description: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           product: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           vendor: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           physical id: 2
           version: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           serial: To Be Filled By O.E.M.
           capacity: 65mWh
      *-network
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 3
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 0c:84:dc:8e:7a:fa
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
            configuration: broadcast=yes driver=brcmsmac  driverversion=3.8.0-29-generic firmware=N/A ip=192.168.0.100 link=yes  multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
    My OS
    lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description: Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS
    Release: 12.04
    Codename: precise


    my partitions
    sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000c433b

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 143362047 71680000 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 968620030 976771071 4075521 5 Extended
    Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.
    /dev/sda3 143362048 826675199 341656576 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 826675200 968617983 70971392 83 Linux
    /dev/sda5 968620032 976771071 4075520 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    Last edited by mörgæs; September 18th, 2013 at 09:57 AM. Reason: Added CODE tags

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    Re: "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    I would select memtest86+ from the GRUB boot menu, and keep that running for a few hours to see if there are any memory related problems.

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    Re: "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    Quote Originally Posted by sanderj View Post
    I would select memtest86+ from the GRUB boot menu, and keep that running for a few hours to see if there are any memory related problems.
    I already run diagnostics, TWICE, to make sure.
    on boot F12, option "Diagnostics" under "OTHER OPTIONS:"
    It took around 1.5-2h and everything came out to be fine. No problems. At least, not reported.

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    Re: "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    could not write bytes: broken pipe
    is an error I keep getting on and off, it disappears again and comes back some time later. But my system runs fine regardless of the error, so I doubt this is what's crashing your laptop.

    A black screen usually indicates driver problems. You have installed all proprietary drivers you might need?
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    Re: "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    That link you provided is for nvidia, and you have intel.
    What does this mean "I migrated to new laptop ~10 days ago and since that time my nightmare doesnt stop." Was Ubuntu running on another system and you just use that hard drive on your new system?

    Have you tried adding nomodeset to the boot string?
    boot_info_script | AMD64 Athlon X2 Dual-Core - nVidia Geforce 6150 SE - 4GB DDR3

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    Re: "could not write bytes: broken pipe" over and over again

    Mephisto Pheles, that is exactly my problem that I have no idea what is a reason for these repetitive crashes. I believe that all of my drivers were/are installed.

    Quote Originally Posted by VMC View Post
    That link you provided is for nvidia, and you have intel.
    What does this mean "I migrated to new laptop ~10 days ago and since that time my nightmare doesnt stop." Was Ubuntu running on another system and you just use that hard drive on your new system?

    Have you tried adding nomodeset to the boot string?
    Me migrating to new lap top means that a hinge on my old 32bit laptop broke and I bought new 64bit DELL laptop with Ubuntu 12.04 on it. It crashed and I tried to reinstall it by myself. I did it already with few other comps and I don't think it is a big deal. All other comps are doing fine.
    It is already matter of my desperate intention to start things going. I tried everything I could find. At the end I tried everything people talked about no mater if I understand them or not. I'm user with very limited understanding of software. Its just that I never had any bigger problem.

    I did not try nomodeset. I gave up on this thing (I reinstalled it way to many times) and I went for 13.04 just to see if its going to make difference. For now it works fine. Wish me luck for my system not to crash over next few days

    Best, Srdjan

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