I have a weird problem with my laptop. For some reason the hard disk stops working, the laptop lags for a minute or so, the hard disk starts again, and everything works again.
I’ve been searching for some time and can’t find an explanation.
I’ve used smart tools to check the hard disk, and nothing is wrong with it. Also the processor usage is normal when it lags, and it has enough memory left to work.
Joris v wrote:
> now it happens almost every 10 min.
i think you should check your power savings settings both in Linux AND
in the laptop’s BIOS…because, maybe the hard drive is powering
down after some inactivity…which could be a good thing for battery
life…as long as you can live with the slow start…
wait! you say it does nothing for a minute or so and THEN begins again…
why do you say it is the hard drive stopping? do you have a
light/led that shows ‘hits’ on the hard drive–do those cease
completely, and stay OFF for another minute after you make a keyboard
are you saying you SEE the hard drive light stop working and THEN open
top and copy its output??
or are you saying you think the hard drive stops…or what?
I’ve checked my power savings setting in linux, and there is nothing wrong with it. Andit also happens when I’m working (for example typing this text),so power saving settings should power down anything.
When the system lags, I can hear the hard disk stop and after a minute or so it clicks and spins up again. Also if the hard disk is working when it happens, the indication led goes out.
The output of top is from just after the hard disk went down. Top was working and when I heard the disk spin down I copied the output.
Normaly I can’t hear my HD, only when it starts (spins up) and stops during the start up and shut down. But when it lags it makes the same noise as during shut down, and again when it restarts.
That is why I’m sure that it stops and restarts.
I will try the different user account and will let the result now.
Already thanks for the help
I’ve already tried to take out the hard disk and put it back in. I’ve even replaced it with an older one witch also had opensuse installed on it. (I changed my haddisk last year to a newer model with more space.) But it did not help.
Is it this that you mean, or should I check the cables to the HD. (that’s not that easy in my laptop)
I just finished downloading the live cd and I’m going to try it now.