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Old 10-07-2005, 06:15 AM   #1
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Constant hard drive access


Am running a fairly fresh install of Kanotix (Debian SID) on a new build. Only when in KDE, the hard drive light is going like a strobe to the point of being a bloody nuisance. There is no decrease in performance or use of resources and top command doesn't show anything like mandb, etc. It is only when in KDE this occurs, if I log out of the session to the graphical login screen it stops, I don't get in a console session either. It doesn't happen in windows, either for what little I am in it.

As I said, it is annoying to the point that I am tempted to pull the plug on the hd led. But I would rather get to the bottom of it. KDE version 3.4.2

Your thoughts on where/what to look for are appreciated.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 07:27 AM   #2
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See if you have enough RAM to prevent constant swapping.
The free command can help.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 04:21 PM   #3
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That or use the kinfocenter command/tool to see how much swap/physical ram/virtual ram you are consuming at any given moment.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 04:23 PM   #4
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Try a lighter window manager, or maybe try a fresh install of KDE. Perhaps there is some X related logging going on, or tons of error messages being written. Have you check out the various /var/log/* files?
 
Old 10-07-2005, 04:26 PM   #5
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I have a gig of ram. And swap isn't being touched. Same machine was running an earlier iinstall of kanotix without this effect. With the newer kanotix came newer KDE. Missing something. But the hard drive access definitely isn't for swap and whatever it is is using no resources to speak of.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 04:29 PM   #6
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You might also check out how active the "kswapd" is either by using "top" or "ksysguard". I know I had some issues with constant hard drive access and it turned out to be kswapd running at almost 100%. Then again, I was also short on RAM. If the culprit isn't kswapd, then maybe examing what processes are currently running will turn up some other possibility.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 06:49 PM   #7
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Found it

KDE media manager "keep track of media activities and allow unmount" - turned it off. Off went the light. It does sound like a significant service. Perhaps it is incompatible with the new mobo or it could be a messed up package (unable to upgrade because of the conversion of something going on with KDE and debian sid).

Hope it is not something necessary. It could drive somebody with like a gamer case and big hd light quite mad.
 
  


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