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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2013, 03:32:57 pm »
the -f option is *supposed* to tell fsck to run a check even if the file system is flagged "clean" .. yet it appears to be missing from the man page ???
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #31 on: October 06, 2013, 02:47:35 pm »
Guys what should I do next? This laptop is getting worse- it is like a Microsh*t one- pages sticking, running slow etc.
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #32 on: October 06, 2013, 05:07:14 pm »
Run a memory test .. memtest86 from the GRUB menu.

If no errors ..

Go to menu > Preferences > Disks

in the right hand side highlight your hard drive .. on the right hand side, click the little cog icon and select "SMART data and tests"

what was listed ?
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #33 on: October 06, 2013, 05:12:58 pm »
There could be two (amongst other) reasons why it is running slowly:
a) High temperatures forcing the CPU into limp mode or
b) Agressive power saving forcing the CPU to its lowest frequency available.

To test current temperature:
You might need to install lm-sensors:
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sudo apt-get install lm-sensors
then (run a few times to get temperatures)
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sensors

To get current CPU frequency:
You might need to install cpufrequtils
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sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
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cpufreq-info

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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #34 on: October 06, 2013, 07:49:28 pm »
Run a memory test .. memtest86 from the GRUB menu.

If no errors ..

Go to menu > Preferences > Disks

in the right hand side highlight your hard drive .. on the right hand side, click the little cog icon and select "SMART data and tests"

what was listed ?

Thanks Mark- see attachment.
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #35 on: October 06, 2013, 07:53:25 pm »
Thanks Se Zo- maybe this will shed some light to you- I don't know what it means:

melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ sudo apt-get install lm-sensors[sudo] password for melissa:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
lm-sensors is already the newest version.
lm-sensors set to manually installed.
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  language-pack-en-base language-pack-kde-en libwxgtk2.8-0
  language-pack-kde-en-base kde-l10n-engb libwxsqlite3-2.8-0 libwxbase2.8-0
  firefox-locale-en language-pack-en amarok-help-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 80 not upgraded.
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ sensors
acpitz-virtual-0
Adapter: Virtual device
temp1:        +38.0C  (crit = +105.0C)
temp2:        +38.0C  (crit = +100.0C)
temp3:        +16.0C  (crit = +100.0C)

k8temp-pci-00c3
Adapter: PCI adapter
Core0 Temp:   +76.0C 
Core1 Temp:   +76.0C 

melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  language-pack-en-base language-pack-kde-en libwxgtk2.8-0
  language-pack-kde-en-base kde-l10n-engb libwxsqlite3-2.8-0 libwxbase2.8-0
  firefox-locale-en language-pack-en amarok-help-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  libcpufreq0
The following NEW packages will be installed
  cpufrequtils libcpufreq0
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 * Loading cpufreq kernel modules...                                     [ OK ]
 * CPUFreq Utilities: Setting ondemand CPUFreq governor...                       * CPU0...                                                               [ OK ]
Processing triggers for libc-bin ...
ldconfig deferred processing now taking place
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $ cpufreq-info
cpufrequtils 007: cpufreq-info (C) Dominik Brodowski 2004-2009
Report errors and bugs to cpufreq@vger.kernel.org, please.
analyzing CPU 0:
  driver: powernow-k8
  CPUs which run at the same hardware frequency: 0
  CPUs which need to have their frequency coordinated by software: 0
  maximum transition latency: 109 us.
  hardware limits: 800 MHz - 1.80 GHz
  available frequency steps: 1.80 GHz, 1.60 GHz, 800 MHz
  available cpufreq governors: conservative, ondemand, userspace, powersave, performance
  current policy: frequency should be within 800 MHz and 1.80 GHz.
                  The governor "ondemand" may decide which speed to use
                  within this range.
  current CPU frequency is 800 MHz.
  cpufreq stats: 1.80 GHz:25.40%, 1.60 GHz:20.21%, 800 MHz:54.40%  (24888)
melissa@melissa-HP-Compaq-nx6325-RH628ES-ABU ~ $


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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #36 on: October 06, 2013, 08:27:31 pm »
Run these commands in sequence:
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cd /var
then
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sudo tar -zcvf log-dir.tar.gz log
then
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sudo mv /var/log-dir.tar.gz ~/
then
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sudo chown melissa:melissa ~/log-dir.tar.gz

Then email me the log-dir.tar.gz file you'll find in your home folder.

I've PM'd you my email address
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #37 on: October 07, 2013, 03:31:52 am »
Thanks sent it.
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2013, 12:58:07 pm »
I doubt if this is the root of your performance isssues, but it's a minor issue non the less .. so we'll sort em as I come across them in the logs.

Boot.log contains this line a few times:-
Quote
udevd[428]: failed to execute '/lib/udev/mtp-probe' 'mtp-probe /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/usb2/2-3 2 2': No such file or directory

Run:
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sudo apt-get install --reinstall libmtp9 libmtp-runtime libmtp-common mtpfs

Reboot

run:
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gedit /var/log/boot.log

hopefully those lines about mtp-probe will have gone.



Still going through the logs .. I'll post back if I find anything.
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #39 on: October 07, 2013, 02:57:25 pm »
Ok I will do the sudos later Mark - I am just going to my friend's flat. Thanks for the help so far!
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #40 on: October 07, 2013, 04:44:00 pm »
How full is your hard drive? I wonder if this could be some kind of filesystem fragmentation issue (Linux's extX filesystems are good at avoiding fragmentation, providing they have enough free space)

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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #41 on: October 07, 2013, 05:08:06 pm »
to check partition usage:
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #42 on: October 09, 2013, 05:16:28 pm »
OK, I've looked through the logs you emailed me, and I can't find anything that jumps out at me .. it's not the quickest laptop in the world but all the hardware seems to initialise quickly enough, I can find no reference to "errors" or problems with I/O ???

Can you define "slow" .. slow to do what exactly .. boot, open applications, etc. .. or do you mean a particular application such as the web ?
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #43 on: October 10, 2013, 04:27:14 pm »
I doubt if this is the root of your performance isssues, but it's a minor issue non the less .. so we'll sort em as I come across them in the logs.

Boot.log contains this line a few times:-
Quote
udevd[428]: failed to execute '/lib/udev/mtp-probe' 'mtp-probe /sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:13.0/usb2/2-3 2 2': No such file or directory


Run:
Code: [Select]
sudo apt-get install --reinstall libmtp9 libmtp-runtime libmtp-common mtpfs

Reboot

run:
Code: [Select]
gedit /var/log/boot.log

hopefully those lines about mtp-probe will have gone.



Still going through the logs .. I'll post back if I find anything.



sudo apt-get install --reinstall libmtp9 libmtp-runtime libmtp-common mtpfs
[sudo] password for melissa:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  language-pack-en-base language-pack-kde-en libwxgtk2.8-0
  language-pack-kde-en-base kde-l10n-engb libwxsqlite3-2.8-0 libwxbase2.8-0
  firefox-locale-en language-pack-en amarok-help-en
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
  fuse-utils
The following NEW packages will be installed
  fuse-utils libmtp-runtime mtpfs
The following packages will be upgraded:
  libmtp-common libmtp9
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Re: There is something wrong with my computer!
« Reply #44 on: October 10, 2013, 04:27:56 pm »
How full is your hard drive? I wonder if this could be some kind of filesystem fragmentation issue (Linux's extX filesystems are good at avoiding fragmentation, providing they have enough free space)

I don't know- how'd I check it?
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