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Old 04-14-2010, 05:58 AM   #1
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ubuntu 8.04 running very very slow.


My Toshiba Satellite Pro SP2100 with Ubuntu 8.04 all of a sudden is running very very slow taking ages to boot and is unstable. Some functions will not work at all and when typing the letters appear some time after they are typed. Nothing was downloaded or anything different it was being used just as it has been for more than two years. It has 512 ram. I tried the Mem test and after running for more than 12 hours showed no problems. I did a re-install no better, I tried to load Nimble X but it would not load and it has in the past, tried a Intrepid and it took hours to load but no good. The tune ubuntu plays when booting up sounds like an echo. It is not the only computer I have but I don't wish to loose it so if anything can be suggested I would be greatfull.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 08:12 AM   #2
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My gut instinct would be some kind of hardware failure.

Once you've booted up, run the following command in a terminal as root

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tail -f /var/log/messages
It'll show you the end of you message log and display new messages as they come through. Use the machine a bit and watch the log window. Anything interesting come up while you're using your machine?

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Old 04-14-2010, 08:43 AM   #3
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Good advice from redgoblin. There may be useful information in other files in /var/log too. OTOH there may be nothing useful and the next step may be to find hardware diagnostics for your machine. Running memtest was a good start.
 
Old 04-14-2010, 12:37 PM   #4
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I had to use the install disc as it will no longer boot properly, can you see anything

To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>".
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ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ tail -f /var/log/messages
Apr 14 15:53:33 ubuntu pulseaudio[8685]: alsa-util.c: Device front:0 doesn't support 44100 Hz, changed to 48000 Hz.
Apr 14 15:53:34 ubuntu pulseaudio[8685]: alsa-util.c: Device front:0 doesn't support 44100 Hz, changed to 48000 Hz.
Apr 14 15:57:11 ubuntu dhcdbd: message_handler: message handler not found under /com/redhat/dhcp/wlan0 for sub-path wlan0.dbus.get.reason
Apr 14 15:58:33 ubuntu kernel: [ 1217.358429] NET: Registered protocol family 17
Apr 14 15:58:34 ubuntu kernel: [ 1217.966814] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
Apr 14 15:58:51 ubuntu dhcdbd: message_handler: message handler not found under /com/redhat/dhcp/wlan0 for sub-path wlan0.dbus.get.host_name
Apr 14 15:58:51 ubuntu dhcdbd: message_handler: message handler not found under /com/redhat/dhcp/wlan0 for sub-path wlan0.dbus.get.nis_domain
Apr 14 15:58:51 ubuntu dhcdbd: message_handler: message handler not found under /com/redhat/dhcp/wlan0 for sub-path wlan0.dbus.get.nis_servers
Apr 14 15:58:51 ubuntu dhcdbd: message_handler: message handler not found under /com/redhat/dhcp/wlan0 for sub-path wlan0.dbus.get.interface_mtu
Apr 14 16:11:44 ubuntu -- MARK --
 
Old 04-15-2010, 06:37 AM   #5
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Interesting, nothing unusual in that log. Few questions;

1) While using the machine did anything else of interest appear after that last --MARK--?
2) Does the machine still run slow while using the live CD? (beyond the fact that live CDs can be a little slow)
3) Now that it no longer boots from the install, what happens during the boot?

Sorry but I was 'hoping' to see hard drive failure messages in the log or something similar.
 
Old 04-17-2010, 05:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the replies. When I first contacted this this forum I had re-installed thinking it might fix the problem but had not downloaded the 427 updates so before doing (tail -f /var/log/messages) I decided to download them but after all day it got less than half way stopped and that was it. When I tried to boot after the failure everything was wrong and would not load the wireless icon nor could I get into it so I went to the disc to do the tail -f, at first I did not understand how it worked but I do now since I went back to but nothing was or is to show any great problems and no hard drive failure. The install disc ran very slow. I am now thinking maybe I should download a diagnostics disc from another laptop, do you know any good ones?
 
Old 04-17-2010, 06:26 AM   #7
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It has 512 ram.
I would suggest to use a lightweight windowmanager, like xfce
And a lightweight distro for testing, like puppy, Fluxbuntu, Feather Linux....
Is the system also slow at the commandprompt?
If the connection is slow, try to disable ipv6.
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diagnostics disc from another laptop, do you know any good ones?
Take a look at
http://grml.org/
 
Old 04-27-2010, 05:15 AM   #8
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The computer works OK with Puppy and Feather but I think they work in the RAM. I tried the diagnostic disc but it told me nothing I understand and nothing about any failures. I think I will just let it go as it old and not worth much but it would have been nice to know what its problems where.
 
  


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