I have migrated yesterday from Windows to Linux. At first, I installed ElementaryOS. After ~2mins of browsing web and setting things up, the PC froze; I had to restart it. It happened every time I booted it up. I then reinstalled to Fedora, same thing. Arch Linux, same thing (not in console, only after setting up the desktop environment). So I decided I would run MemTest86+ to see if there is something wrong with the memory. After 1 hour and few minutes, MemTest86+ froze too; it didn't work, I couldn't do anything, but the "+" sign in the upper left corner kept blinking, which was weird.

Would you have any suggestions on what could be the cause of this?

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    That sounds like a hardware issue. Have you checked hardware temperatures? – dsstorefile1 Apr 30 '18 at 8:35
  • @dsstorefile1 I haven't. How should I do that when I can't even fire up OS? Or open up the case and check manually? – Kipko Apr 30 '18 at 8:37
  • Your question says Arch works in the console, so you could check temperatures from there. – dsstorefile1 Apr 30 '18 at 8:40
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    @dsstorefile1 ok, i just tried it. Everything was well within the range when it froze (cpu at around 35C). I also tried plugging it another keyboard/mouse, but they just started blinking but did not work. – Kipko Apr 30 '18 at 9:08
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    If the keyboard lights blink on and off repeatedly that often means the kernel tanked. I'll let someone else answer with further instructions. – dsstorefile1 Apr 30 '18 at 9:10

Judging from my own bad experiance, the reason might be the driver for the graphics card.

I would suggest that you try to change the drives for the GPU, especially if it is Nvidia GPU.

For me the proprietary Nvidia driver solved the similar issue.

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