Slow performance on Hoary/Gutsy

Anna EdwARds ash.1574 at
Sun May 4 13:57:20 UTC 2008

If i were you, i would back up anything of any importance and reinstall 7.04 if you can find it and wait untill the next lts (following old pattern it should be 8.06) and then stick with lts editions. If you want a 7.04 disk i have plenty to spair just give me a shout.

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--- Original Message ---
Date: Sun May 04 06:23:21 PDT 2008
From: =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Torbj=F6rn_=D6sterdahl?= 
To: ubuntu-users at
Subject: Slow performance on Hoary/Gutsy

I have a very slow performance on my system. The machine is somewhat aged; it is a Nvida Nforce 2 with a AMD Athlon XP 2000+ CPU and 1GB RAM. I have used Ubuntu since version 5.04, I do not know if I just need to take this degradation into account? With Hoary I did a new install for the first time since April 2005. Previously I always used the upgrade option. After the install I noticed that the harddrive is identified with as a serial ATA drive, although I am confident that this old drive is does not have a serial ATA interface. Could this be the reason for slow performance? DMA seem to be enabled from what I can see. 

I am grateful for all sorts of advice before I resort to buying some new hardware. 

 sudo hdparm -i /dev/sda


 Model=ST3120024A                              , FwRev=3.33    , SerialNo=3KA1EJGH            
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs RotSpdTol>.5% }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=4
 BuffType=unknown, BuffSize=8192kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=?16?
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=234441648
 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, tDMA={min:120,rec:120}
 PIO modes:  pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4 
 DMA modes:  mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 
 UDMA modes: udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5 
 AdvancedPM=no WriteCache=enabled
 Drive conforms to: ATA/ATAPI-6 T13 1410D revision 2: ATA/ATAPI-1,2,3,4,5,6

 * signifies the current active mode

 dmesg|grep sda
[   33.856254] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 234441648 512-byte hardware sectors (120034 MB)
[   33.856271] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[   33.856274] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[   33.856296] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[   33.856357] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] 234441648 512-byte hardware sectors (120034 MB)
[   33.856369] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write Protect is off
[   33.856373] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Mode Sense: 00 3a 00 00
[   33.856391] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Write cache: enabled, read cache: enabled, doesn't support DPO or FUA
[   33.856396]  sda:Driver 'sr' needs updating - please use bus_type methods
[   33.871214]  sda1 sda4 < sda5 sda6>
[   33.891302] sd 0:0:0:0: [sda] Attached SCSI disk
[   51.277416] Adding 1951856k swap on /dev/sda5.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:1951856k
[   51.836651] EXT3 FS on sda1, internal journal
[   52.590173] EXT3 FS on sda6, internal journal

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