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Old 06-03-2009, 08:22 PM   #1
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Having trouble with Ubuntu, possible hard drive


I had to replace my hard drive on my very old laptop and I did so with a used blank 15gig IBM. Nothing special. I had no operating system so I decided (upon recommendation) to install Ubuntu (9.04). Since I have done this my hard drive seems to be running really slow. Nearly a 20 minute boot time today.

What can I use to check the hard drive for operation, like a test or something?

Is there a setting I need to check or fix? I'm really new to Linux and I know absolutly noting about but I'm trying to learn
 
Old 06-03-2009, 08:26 PM   #2
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Whilst the box is up, install smartmontools and man page it. To be honest, I'd reccommend downloading mhdd (http://hddguru.com/content/en/software/2005.10.02-MHDD/) which is a boot disk.

Of course, it may be any number of hardware issues, including clock speed.
 
Old 06-03-2009, 08:48 PM   #3
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Yea, I realize it my problem could be a number of things (possibly my lack of intelligence)

This laptop had a hard drive fail, I picked up this used hard drive and was told it works fine and was only replaced for a larger HD. Since I've had it I installed Knoppix 6.1 first, then I learned that this isn't Linux so I downloaded Ubuntu 9.04. I immediately tried to get my wireless card working and installed ndiswrapper, this is when i started noticing my hard drive slowing down and the extremly long boot times. I tried wiping out the hard drive with gparted (I think that was what it was called). I am using the whole hard drive to intall Ubuntu, there is no other OS on there.

Am I possibly not getting a clean slate each time I do this. Is the HD getting "fragmented"? Should I do a zero fill as described in the tutorials and then try reinstalling agian? Help James!
 
Old 06-04-2009, 12:41 AM   #4
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How old is "very old laptop"?
Can you give h/w specs? (cpu, memory, hd, partitions, swap space size, nic, ...)
After boot, check dmesg for errors that could be causing problems.
Also once up and running how is the response?
Try running top to see cpu usage / memory / swap space usage / etc.

The long boot could be a problem with a driver loading at boot!

Last edited by roy_lt_69; 06-04-2009 at 12:44 AM.
 
Old 06-04-2009, 05:29 AM   #5
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Well, the laptop is a Dell latitude 610C. I ran XP on it for a couple years without any problem, but as I mentioned I had to replace the hard drive with one that has an unknown past. The hard drive was blank when I got it. If I run Ubuntu in "live" mode things seem to be working ok (as in the rest of the computer, but I can still tell when the hard drive is used it's running slow- this is something you can actully hear.

I'll do as you mentioned and let you know what i find

thanks
 
Old 06-04-2009, 02:05 PM   #6
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You could try a hd surface scan, to see if there are bad spots or other physical problems!
Some of the rescue cd versions of linux should be of help!

But my bet would be to look in dmesg first!
 
Old 06-05-2009, 01:11 AM   #7
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One more thing you could try is hdparm -tT drive, although it is not perfect.
 
Old 06-05-2009, 03:42 PM   #8
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Try running just 'hdparm /dev/hda' on the drive, check and make sure DMA is enabled.
 
Old 06-06-2009, 01:15 AM   #9
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I hope that when you were formating with gparted that you were working from your LiveCD. You should NEVER use gparted on the same drive that you are running from.

Did you install 9.04 on ext4?
 
Old 06-06-2009, 01:31 AM   #10
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You might have a broken pin on the new hdd.
 
  


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