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Old 01-07-2005, 10:00 AM   #1
GnaM
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My HD stays flickering, before not.


Hi,

For some bizarre reason, when entering KDE my HD LED flickers the entire time.
Even after ten minutes it still continues as if it is preparing for some kind of
alien outer space contact.
This magically happened just today, when I rebooted my comp out of frustration.
The system went beserk, claiming I had no more HD space to my avail while I have at
least a whopping 78 MB !!!
Also I got some error message, something regarding my sound card,
It said something like : Abort sound card, CPU overheat or overload or something....


Anyways, I did ps -A to see what is running and I got this :
PHP Code:
ps -A
  PID TTY          TIME CMD
    1 
?        00:00:03 init
    2 
?        00:00:00 ksoftirqd/0
    3 
?        00:00:00 events/0
    4 
?        00:00:00 khelper
    5 
?        00:00:00 netlink/0
    6 
?        00:00:03 kblockd/0
   29 
?        00:00:00 pdflush
   30 
?        00:00:12 pdflush
   32 
?        00:00:00 aio/0
   27 
?        00:00:00 kapmd
   31 
?        00:00:36 kswapd0
  615 
?        00:00:00 kseriod
 1515 
?        00:00:01 reiserfs/0
 1927 
?        00:00:00 khubd
 1978 
?        00:00:00 udevd
 2267 
?        00:00:00 hwscand
 2626 
?        00:00:00 hwscand
 2966 
?        00:00:00 syslogd
 2969 
?        00:00:00 klogd
 2999 
?        00:00:00 resmgrd
 3009 
?        00:00:00 portmap
 3151 
?        00:00:00 sshd
 3249 
?        00:00:00 powersaved
 3322 
?        00:00:01 cupsd
 3394 
?        00:00:00 nscd
 3493 
?        00:00:00 cron
 3504 
?        00:00:00 kdm
 3525 tty1     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3526 tty2     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3527 tty3     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3529 tty4     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3530 tty5     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3532 tty6     00
:00:00 mingetty
 3708 
?        00:00:00 gpg-agent
 3823 
?        00:00:00 gpg-agent
 4677 
?        00:00:00 su
 4678 
?        00:00:00 yast2
 4711 
?        00:02:20 y2base
 4810 
?        00:00:00 su
 4811 
?        00:00:00 bash
 4921 
?        02:19:26 antivir
 5238 
?        00:00:01 artsd
 6146 
?        00:00:00 gpg-agent
 6208 
?        00:00:11 X
 6209 
?        00:00:00 kdm
 6239 
?        00:00:00 startkde
 6280 
?        00:00:00 gpg-agent
 6281 
?        00:00:00 ssh-agent
 6306 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6309 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6311 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6314 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6325 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6326 
?        00:00:00 kwrapper
 6328 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6329 
?        00:00:02 kdeinit
 6332 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6333 
?        00:00:06 kdeinit
 6335 
?        00:00:03 kdeinit
 6336 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6338 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6340 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6342 
?        00:00:02 kbluetoothd
 6344 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6346 
?        00:00:02 kdeinit
 6348 
?        00:00:04 kdeinit
 6349 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6352 
?        00:00:01 kdeinit
 6354 
?        00:00:00 kdeinit
 6359 
?        00:00:03 kdeinit
 6376 
?        00:00:03 kdeinit
 6377 pts
/1    00:00:00 bash
 6388 pts
/1    00:00:00 ps 
Strangely, I don't recall KBLUETOOTHD in that list.
Also so many kdeinit, this can't be normal right ?

Any suggestions as to how I can repair this ?

Regards.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 10:10 AM   #2
GnaM
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Hmmmm...
I did ps -aux and I got more detailed information,
I guess that explains the numerous kdeinit.

EDIT NOTE ----> removed ps -aux, due it being so unclear. I thought PHP
was smart enough to have a scroll bar....
If you need it, just give a scream, or even better, your email so I can send to you in a better layout than here.

Last edited by GnaM; 01-07-2005 at 10:16 AM.
 
Old 01-07-2005, 10:16 AM   #3
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First off, switch to single-user mode by running (as root)
Code:
telinit s
Then run fsck on all of your partitions. You should remount them read-only first, then check them:
Code:
mount /dev/device -o remount,ro && fsck /dev/device
Repeat this for each device listed in /etc/fstab (skip the lines that say “none”).

If that doesn't sort out the problem, then it may be worth looking into your KDE configuration. There do seem to be a lot of kdeinit processes; you should have one kdeinit for each kde application/applet that is running IIRC.

You have a process called antivir; have you installed an anti-virus? If not, then you probably have a rogue process; go to www.clamav.net and download clamav. Check your hard-disk. Also, you might want to try running chrootkit to check for root-kits if antivir really isn't supposed to be there.

The HD LED light could indicate that a lot of swapping is going on, or that you are reading the hard disk a lot. In the first case, install more memory and/or reduce the value of /proc/vm/swappiness. In the second case, add the options “noatime,nodiratime” to your partitions in /etc/fstab.
 
  


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