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Old 06-21-2005, 09:43 PM   #1
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Listening to music = slow, freezes.


As some know, I've been having issues with amarok. I have my music on an external usb hard drive. Amarok freezes up, loads my music slow...and basically delivers horrible results.

My partition on my usb harddrive is fat32. If I created an ext3 or reiserfs filesystem..and put my mp3's on it (on the same harddrive) would it improve performance? I've tried so many things to fix this, with no luck..so I'm thinking, maybe amarok doesn't like fat32.

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Old 06-21-2005, 09:53 PM   #2
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The first question will be: how do other tools handle it?

xmms
mpg321

What kind of data-transfer rates do you get using e.g.
copying files of it?

And: is the IRQ/DMA for the USB device shared with
any other devices?

Do you see anything indication problems in debug, syslog
or messages in /var/log ?





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Old 06-21-2005, 10:05 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by Tinkster
The first question will be: how do other tools handle it?

xmms
mpg321
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/editpost.php?s=&action=editpost&postid=1707804

Well, Juk does have issues with it. Not as bad..possibly because it isn't as bloated as amarok? I haven't really tried XMMS yet.

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What kind of data-transfer rates do you get using e.g.
copying files of it?
Fairly slow. Sometimes even browsing the drive is slow.

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And: is the IRQ/DMA for the USB device shared with
any other devices?
I'm not exactly sure, and don't really understand that question. How can I tell?

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Do you see anything indication problems in debug, syslog
or messages in /var/log ?





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Not that I can see.

I have noticed, however..on suse, I have had a lot of sound problems. I really don't know why. I really love Suse, and prefer it..but for some reason, I have problems with it (sound). It doesn't make much sense, as when I used mandrake I had no issues..but used the same drivers and everything (alsa). Basically listening to sound and video watching gives me problems..but they are all located on this drive. I could try copying all of my mp3's over on my linux drive..and see if it changes anything. However, I have 30 + gb's ;\
 
Old 06-21-2005, 10:26 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by RoaCh Of DisCor

Well, Juk does have issues with it. Not as bad..possibly because it isn't as bloated as amarok? I haven't really tried XMMS yet.
You really should try
mpg321 from a command-line, once from within KDE (I assume
you're in KDE since it's SuSEs default), and once from runlevel
3 from a console, and see whether there's a difference.


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Originally posted by RoaCh Of DisCor
Fairly slow. Sometimes even browsing the drive is slow.
time cp /file/on/extern/drive /tmp/.
size/time


Quote:
Originally posted by RoaCh Of DisCor
I'm not exactly sure, and don't really understand that question. How can I tell? :)
By looking at
/proc/interrupts
/proc/dma


Cheers,
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Old 06-21-2005, 11:53 PM   #5
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Originally posted by Tinkster
You really should try
mpg321 from a command-line, once from within KDE (I assume
you're in KDE since it's SuSEs default), and once from runlevel
3 from a console, and see whether there's a difference.
Thank you for your suggestions, and I definitely will try that. Problem is, it never happens when just playing one song. It happens over time (10 minutes, sometimes even a long time)...and does it at random.


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time cp /file/on/extern/drive /tmp/.
size/time
real 0m11.547s
user 0m0.013s
sys 0m0.729s



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By looking at
/proc/interrupts
/proc/dma
Those files are both empty ...so I'm not sure what the issue is.
 
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Try adding "noatime" to the fstab line for the drives in question (I'd post a link to the website, where I got this information, but I haven't made enough posts to link to outside sites yet). In addition, if you happen to be using nvidia drivers, I think SUSE and Amarok have issues with them, or at least they did on my system.
 
  


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