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    I see my HDD activity light blinking constantly- meaning it hasn't stopped. Even when my system is idle and the laptop is not loading anything. Is this unusual??? I never see this in any other distro I've tried or M$ OS.' It just constantly is flashing.

    I've run Top in terminal but I'm not too sure what to be looking for. I'm thinking it's some kind of indexing feature but am not sure Opensuse has one.

    Any ideas ppl???

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    Run Top and paste the output here? (put between tags)?
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    Probably Beagle.
    Uninstall it or disable it from startup.
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    Code:
    banks08@linux-2zzh:~> top
    
    top - 13:00:17 up  1:53,  2 users,  load average: 1.00, 1.02, 1.03
    Tasks: 125 total,   2 running, 123 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 13.9%us,  7.9%sy,  0.0%ni, 70.3%id,  7.3%wa,  0.7%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:   1421616k total,  1105332k used,   316284k free,   167416k buffers
    Swap:  1052216k total,        0k used,  1052216k free,   518864k cached
    
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND            
     2325 root      20   0  164m  27m  10m R  2.3  2.0   3:07.60 X                  
    10301 banks08   20   0  366m 246m  24m S  2.0 17.8   8:47.92 firefox            
    13035 banks08   20   0 54380  16m  11m S  2.0  1.2   0:01.78 gnome-terminal     
     4360 banks08   20   0 26772 3684 2056 S  0.7  0.3   0:12.58 gnome-screensav    
    13050 banks08   20   0  2416 1000  772 R  0.7  0.1   0:00.32 top                
    10358 banks08   39  19 73084  22m 9.8m S  0.3  1.6   0:18.47 beagled-helper     
        1 root      20   0  1008  360  308 S  0.0  0.0   0:01.38 init               
        2 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kthreadd           
        3 root      RT  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0        
        4 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.30 ksoftirqd/0        
        5 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:02.70 events/0           
        6 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khelper            
        7 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kintegrityd/0      
        8 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.20 kblockd/0          
        9 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpid             
       10 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpi_notify       
       11 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 cqueue

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    Quote Originally Posted by emeraldgirl08 View Post
    Code:
    banks08@linux-2zzh:~> top
    
    top - 13:00:17 up  1:53,  2 users,  load average: 1.00, 1.02, 1.03
    Tasks: 125 total,   2 running, 123 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 13.9%us,  7.9%sy,  0.0%ni, 70.3%id,  7.3%wa,  0.7%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:   1421616k total,  1105332k used,   316284k free,   167416k buffers
    Swap:  1052216k total,        0k used,  1052216k free,   518864k cached
    
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND            
     2325 root      20   0  164m  27m  10m R  2.3  2.0   3:07.60 X                  
    10301 banks08   20   0  366m 246m  24m S  2.0 17.8   8:47.92 firefox            
    13035 banks08   20   0 54380  16m  11m S  2.0  1.2   0:01.78 gnome-terminal     
     4360 banks08   20   0 26772 3684 2056 S  0.7  0.3   0:12.58 gnome-screensav    
    13050 banks08   20   0  2416 1000  772 R  0.7  0.1   0:00.32 top                
    10358 banks08   39  19 73084  22m 9.8m S  0.3  1.6   0:18.47 beagled-helper     
        1 root      20   0  1008  360  308 S  0.0  0.0   0:01.38 init               
        2 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kthreadd           
        3 root      RT  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0        
        4 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.30 ksoftirqd/0        
        5 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:02.70 events/0           
        6 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khelper            
        7 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kintegrityd/0      
        8 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.20 kblockd/0          
        9 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpid             
       10 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpi_notify       
       11 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 cqueue
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    Default Re: HDD activity

    emeraldgirl08 wrote:

    >
    > I see my HDD activity light blinking

    constantly- meaning it hasn't
    > stopped. Even when my system is idle and the

    laptop is not loading
    > anything. Is this unusual??? I never see this

    in any other distro I've
    > tried or M$ OS.' It just constantly is

    flashing.
    >
    > I've run Top in terminal but I'm not too sure

    what to be looking for.
    > I'm thinking it's some kind of indexing feature

    but am not sure
    > Opensuse has one.
    >
    > Any ideas ppl???
    >
    >

    find and install iotop
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    Default Re: HDD activity

    Beagle is a search applications that is probably in the process of indexing your entire system. If you think you will use it then give it time (leave it on overnight) and let it index it or configure it to only index the directories you want to focus on (/home, etc.). I think that is possible.
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    I've disabled Beagle and desktop searching. My hard drive light still blinks constantly in idle.

    It is a mystery ppl. I'm using W7 at this moment (idling) and the HD light is not flashing. I use Ubuntu ( while the system is idling) and the HD light does not flash.

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