[ubuntu-uk] Churning hard disk, glacial startup

Lucy lucybridges at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 11:09:44 BST 2009

2009/6/22 Neil Greenwood <neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com>:
> 2009/6/22 Lucy <lucybridges at gmail.com>:
>> Okay. It all looks fine so far (I don't know how long the machine was
>> running for though?). However, I did notice that it tried to resume
>> from disk, but this failed so it started normally. I imagine this
>> would slow things down when booting. Did you do a normal shutdown or a
>> suspend? I know nothing about suspend and resume so maybe someone else
>> will be able to advise on this.
>> Otherwise, it might be worth checking out smart-notifier to check out
>> the hard drive fully.
> IIRC if the machine can suspend/resume to disk, you always get a
> message saying that it "failed to resume from disk, starting normally"
> (or words to that effect). It does a quick check for a resume image
> signature in the swap partition just before booting normally - this
> check is very quick, and won't be causing Paul's problems.

Ah, thanks! Sounds like it could be the hard drive.

Paul, try installing smart-notifier and running some tests. If you get
stuck then I'm sure someone on this list has used it and will be able
to advise.

FWIW, smart-notifier is a GUI to smartmontools, which usually runs in
the background and checks your hard drive for any issues that may
indicate failure (like a large number of bad blocks or a sudden
increase in response time).

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