Yum Incredibly slow - disk wait?
I am using FC8, and my computer is a Gateway MX6441 Laptop (1.8 GHz AMD Turon 64, 512 MB 333 Mhz PC2700, 80GB 4200 RPM HDD). Not a new computer, but I'd think enough for linux.
My problem is mostly with Yum. It brings my system to its knees. Things get so slow when yum or yumupdatesd is running that the mouse becomes jerky. If I look at top, CPU usage is around 9%, but disk wait (wa) is 92%.
I realize my hard drive is pretty slow, but it seems like something is WRONG. Could something be misconfigured? Does yum just have really awful IO code? Is it like this for everyone?