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Old 02-20-2003, 09:33 PM   #1
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Redhat 8.0 Boot Problem

I recently installed Redhat 8.0 on a dedicated box. When I boot off the HD, the o/s loads, but the HD runs non-stop. I even left it overnight and it didn't stop. During this the machine is very very very sluggish -- it takes about a minute to see a response from every mouse click. Very annoying.

However, if I boot from a floppy everything is just fine.

I have tried both lilo and grub, gnome and kde. Re-installed numerous times. No difference.

What's going on? What do I need to tweak so I can boot normally from the HD? Please point me in the right direction.

Thanks in advance.
Old 02-20-2003, 09:35 PM   #2
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Boot your box and run top. Check if there is anything running when booting with HD that is not when you boot with the floppy.
Old 02-21-2003, 09:22 PM   #3
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Hmmm. Tried running top. Exactly the same processes are running when I boot from a floppy compared to the HD.

Maybe this is a clue. X runs generally at about 1-4 %CPU. However, after booting from the HD it occasionally jumps briefly up to 95% or higher, then drops back to the 1-4% range. This does not happen when I boot from the floppy. Does this spark any other ideas?

I'm grasping here, but is it possible there is some process that does maybe a HD scan or something else after first boot and I just haven't given it enough time to finish? However, I'd see such a process when I run top, right?

What I don't get is why something doesn't jump out as continuously chewing up CPU time (other than X occasionally).

Here's some of my hardware info:

1.3 GHz Celeron, 80GB HD, 512MB PC133 RAM, MSI MS-6368 mobo.


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