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    OpenSourceRules NNTP User

    Default Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    Ive noticed several times, definitely while running Firefox, that the hard drive starts running and my system slows to crawl and this lasts for several minutes. Have you seen this or can you help me identify what is accessing the drive?

    openSUSE 11.0
    Pentium M 1.6
    1GB memory
    Running on 13GB partition

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    ab@novell.com NNTP User

    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

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    First guess is that you are swapping because you are out of RAM. Either
    close programs or get more RAM. To see memory and swap usage use the
    'free' command. Using memory a lot? Fine. Using swap a lot? Bad.

    Good luck.





    OpenSourceRules wrote:
    > I’ve noticed several times, definitely while running Firefox, that the
    > hard drive starts running and my system slows to crawl and this lasts
    > for several minutes. Have you seen this or can you help me identify
    > what is accessing the drive?
    >
    > openSUSE 11.0
    > Pentium M 1.6
    > 1GB memory
    > Running on 13GB partition
    >
    >

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    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    Quote Originally Posted by OpenSourceRules
    Ive noticed several times, definitely while running Firefox, that the
    hard drive starts running and my system slows to crawl and this lasts
    for several minutes. Have you seen this or can you help me identify
    what is accessing the drive?

    openSUSE 11.0
    Pentium M 1.6
    1GB memory
    Running on 13GB partition
    Hi
    Have you removed beagle and the beagle firefox plugin?

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    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    Quote Originally Posted by OpenSourceRules View Post
    Ive noticed several times, definitely while running Firefox, that the hard drive starts running and my system slows to crawl and this lasts for several minutes. Have you seen this or can you help me identify what is accessing the drive?

    openSUSE 11.0
    Pentium M 1.6
    1GB memory
    Running on 13GB partition
    If you're running FF 3.0 it most likely is being caused by FF's security settings. Try going to Preferences - Security and unchecking "Tell me if the site I'm visiting is a suspected attack site" and "Tell me if the site I'm visiting is a suspected forgery". This has helped other before, including myself with this same type of problem.

    Hope this helps!

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    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    probably beagle. I disabled it.

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    OpenSourceRules NNTP User

    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    I just wanted to update this thread should anyone else have this problem.

    I am new to openSUSE and dont know why it worked but I removed Firefox 3.0.5Beta and installed 3.0.1 and the problem was solved.

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    Andrew C Taubman NNTP User

    Default Re: Hard Drive Runs And Computer Slows

    FF 3.x goes out to the web and downloads lists of phishing sites etc a
    lot. Maybe it's this writing to your disk. You can disable that
    behaviour, I've read elsewhere. Try googling
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