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« on: November 13, 2009, 02:00:05 AM »

Hi everybody,

My laptop (msi wind u100) hardrive is "clicking" (even when plugged in), sometimes 2 or 3 times per minute, sometimes less. I don't think this is normal, and it's probably the same bug users in other distros reported some years ago.

I knew you can fix it some way by using hdparm, but I have no real experience in the terminal, so if someone already did this in pardus, maybe it could tell me a simple way to reduce these clicks, or at least to check if my hard drive is not getting old too fast.

Thank you all
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2009, 11:09:20 AM »

My laptop (msi wind u100) hardrive is "clicking" (even when plugged in),
It isn't a problem on my MSI Wind U90X-037EU.
and it's probably the same bug users in other distros reported some years ago.
Can you give a link to the bug report?
maybe it could tell me a simple way to reduce these clicks, or at least to check if my hard drive is not getting old too fast.
A search with "hdparm" and/or "man hdparm" on the Internet can help.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2009, 13:08:27 PM »

In Ubuntu 'sudo hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda'  is used.
The command however, must be given after each start.......
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2009, 15:07:37 PM »

The command however, must be given after each start.......
Maybe adding the command (without sudo) in the file /etc/conf.d/hdparm will do the trick.
And also have look at "-M and others" at http://linux.die.net/man/8/hdparm to see all options.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2009, 22:20:17 PM »

Maybe adding the command (without sudo) in the file /etc/conf.d/hdparm will do the trick.


So, the command (in the file hdparm) should look like this:

command_line {
              hdparm -B 254 /dev/sda
}

It's worth a try!
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2009, 01:51:25 AM »

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_hard_drive_clicking

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« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2009, 00:12:38 AM »

Hello,

I had the feeling it was too much because of the annoying noise.
After reading this (its in french), I was able to compare my values:
http://doc.ubuntu-fr.org/laptop_mode
My loadcycle is increasing each minute, but I am pretty sure it's not so bad now regarding the values in the article, so I will wait some months and compare again.

By the way in ubuntu french forums some msi wind users reported this bug also, especially on batterie mode, so I think it worths a check.

Thanks everybody and have a nice evening!
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« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2009, 11:03:23 AM »

Thanks for the link.
My values are:
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sudo smartctl -a `mount | grep '/ ' | cut -d' ' -f1 | sed -e 's#[0-9]##'` | egrep 'Cycle|Power'
    9 Power_On_Hours               0x0032   098   098   000    Old_age   Always       -       868
  12 Power_Cycle_Count           0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       2131
192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032   100   100   000    Old_age   Always       -       101
193 Load_Cycle_Count             0x0032   095   095   000    Old_age   Always       -       55962
And as my French lessons at school are some 40 years ago.....
http://translate.google.com/ will be my friend to translate the part bellow that chapter.
http://sourceforge.net/apps/trac/smartmontools/wiki is also interesting.
Smartmontools is available for P2008 and P2009.
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