[nSLUG] Load spikes, X bogs down. Why? Fix?

Joel Maxuel j.maxuel at gmail.com
Thu Apr 7 21:53:17 ADT 2016

I would concur.    Would also explain why your other hard drive died in the
first place.  I have a 500GB that I had to take out of an abusive situation
(due to PSU), and replace both parts (drive was slapped around enough to go
into pre-fail).

I kept the HDD and reused it in a non-critical situation (HTPC), and
haven't had an issue with it since.

Anyway, warning signs would be hearing the drive spin up randomly,
stutters, screen/application freezing, and "DRDY" errors on TTY1 or better
yet, in the logs.  By then, though, you may be looking for HDD #3.

A way to check (assuming your HDD supports this)...

sudo aptitude install smartmontools
sudo smartctl -H /dev/hda

Joel Maxuel

"One should strive to achieve, not sit in bitter regret."
 - Ronan Harris / Mark Jackson

On Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 6:53 AM, Ge Rard <macneil.g at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 04/07/2016 12:31 AM, Mike Spencer wrote:
>> The IBM P4 mobo
> Didn't used to do that.
> I've been using this box a long time without this problem.
> It's old. The power supply is old.
> The various items you listed as problems can all be accounted for by the
> inability of the hardware to deliver adequate power to multiple devices on
> demand.
> I personally find USB sticks to be quite problematic when it comes to
> supplying them adequate current with old hardware.
> Gerard
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