Ubuntu :: CD In LiveCD Drive Constantly Spinning

Mar 30, 2011

When I run Ubuntu liveCD (Lucid), even when no programs are running and cpu is 98% idle, the CD Rom continues spinning constantly, even though it apparently isn't accessing any files. At this rate, the motor will burn out prematurely.I don't think this is normal. How can I troubleshoot this and keep it from running?

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Jul 3, 2011

I think I have found the problem to my Ubuntu laptop locking up, and it is most likely overheating. Is there any way to keep the CPU fan spinning at 100% constantly? I tried setting it up in the BIOS but it is an old laptop and I can't control it from there.

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Jun 8, 2011

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Dec 27, 2010

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May 6, 2011

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Mar 5, 2011

I've been using Ubuntu 10.x for several months without any major problems. Everything was fine until this week.

In the past few days there's been a strange new problem. When I turn my computer on, it works fine for 10 minutes, and then the hard drive suddenly starts spinning and won't stop. While this happens the computer is virtually unusable. Mouse moves slow and jerky; apps don't respond; and eventually the windows close by themselves, the whole screen goes blank, and the system reboots. The whole process takes a long time, sometimes 30 minutes.

The only change I made just before this problem started was upgrading Firefox Beta 4 version 10 to the latest version 11. So, I deleted it, and went back to the latest stable version 3.6.x. That seemed to fix the problem for a day or so. But then it started happening again. I deleted all signs of Firefox; it still happens. So it's not a browser issue.

I am stumped. Today I started my computer and just let it sit there without opening any programs at all except the system monitor. It ran fine for the usual 10-15 minutes, nothing changed out of the ordinary in terms of computer resources used in the system monitor, and then suddenly the drive started spinning wildly again .....

Right now my computer's been on for 10 minutes and I am typing this message .... but who knows what will happen right now.

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Apr 15, 2010

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I've opened the system monitor and looked for something obvious, but everything says, "sleeping". The computer seems to operate fine - no crashes, no odd behavior. What's this thing doing?

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Sep 24, 2010

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Jun 22, 2011

I am concerned about the LiveCD touching my HDD at all. Is this a factor, such as using HDD space for a swap file? I thought the whole thing ran off my RAM. Anyway here's my specs:

MacBook Pro 500GB:
HFS+ Partition w/Snow Leaopard ~400GB
NTFS Parition with WIndows 7 ~100GB
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1) Does this mean I have a "swap file" on there I don't know about? I assume both WIndows and OSX use virtual memory to manage RAM when running in their respective operating systems but does that mean Ubuntu LiveCD will use one of my winows or OSX partition's "swap file"?

2) Or is there an invisiable partition created for LiveCD to use on some unallocated space on my HDD (I don't think there's any but idunno)?

3) How can I be sure the LiveCD is not writing ANY data to the HDD? I don't believe I have ever explicitly created a swap file in either OSX or windows.

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Jul 7, 2011

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Jul 29, 2010

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May 1, 2010

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Jun 19, 2011

I am a regular ubuntu user from 7.10 till now. Now I am using 11.04. This problem never happened with previous releases. When I open more than 4 windows in firefox or whenever I open "Ubuntu Software Center" the hard disk keeps spinning, mouse and keyboard are frozen. I tried to reboot from tty1. It takes around 3 minutes to get the command prompt after pressing Ctrl + Alt + F1. I reinstalled 11.04 several times. This problem is not solved. I have applied all the updates. What program is exactly causing this problem?

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Feb 26, 2011

i have downgraded from Ubuntu 10.10 to Ubuntu 10.04. I've had some bumps along the way and finally was able to install 10.04 successfully. Right now, my computer will not boot from the HDD and will only boot from the USB drive that the LiveCD is on. When I reorganize to set HDD as primary boot, i get:id-laptop login:d-laptop password:and I can put that in but then it just gives me a command line that ends with ~$ i believe. How do I get it to boot from the HDD instead of from the USB without running into this problem?

If I resequence the boot to HDD as number two, it will juts go into the LiveCD mode. Am I supposed to reinstall 10.04 again? I know 10.04 was successfully installed because it said it was and it needed to restart so i hit the restart button. It also had my old desktop picture there and all my files AND i checked the system info before restarting (it confirmed that lucid lynx was running).

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Apr 14, 2010

What I have noticed on several versions of Ubuntu, both 32 and 64 bit (including 9.10, 10.04 b2 and UNR 9.10) is that after the launch of Firefox (including the current 3.6.3 version), I continue to get a spinning cursor for more than 10 seconds after the FF window is present and ready to accept input. Sometimes I get it only when moving the cursor outside the FF window and other times it will be in the window, too. I have even noticed it persist for a short time after quitting FF. I think it's definitely related to FF because I don't see this occur unless FF is launched, not even when another browser (Chromium in this case) is launched. To add to the mystery, I see it in Ubuntu and Mint 8 xfce, but not in Ubuntu-based distros with simpler window managers like Mint 8 fluxbox or CrunchBang 9.04 (openbox). To try to get rid of this, I have tried various FF configuration speedups available from the Net - changes implemented through about:config. These do speed up FF, but they don't get rid of the spinning wheel.As far as I can tell, the spinning wheel has no impact on FF operation - it doesn't stop me from entering a url and accessing it, though perhaps it slows down implementation.

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Jul 13, 2010

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Dec 24, 2010

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Nov 2, 2010

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General :: How To Get CPU Fan To Stop Spinning When Idle

Aug 11, 2011

I have a PC which I built ~3 years ago which had been running smoothly and silently until recently. Now, the CPU fan likes to spin up to 1200-1500 RPM even when it's idle, which is rather annoying. I have not made any recent changes (software-wise or hardware-wise) to it.

The specs:
Motherboard: Gigabyte MA78GM-S2HP
CPU: AMD Athlon(tm) Dual Core Processor 4850e
Case: Antec Minuet 350 MicroATX
OS: Ubuntu 10.04, Linux 2.6.38-10-generic

I installed the lm-sensors and hddtemp packages (via apt-get) and configured them. Here's a typical output at steady-state, where the computer's been idle for a while and the fans have been spinning for the same while:

$ sensors
Adapter: PCI adapter
Core0 Temp: +29.0°C
Core0 Temp: +32.0°C
Core1 Temp: +27.0°C
Core1 Temp: +22.0°C
Adapter: ISA adapter .....
$ sudo hddtemp /dev/sda
/dev/sda: WDC WD5000AACS-00ZUB0: 35°C

These all seem fairly normal to me, so I'm perplexed as to why the fan continues to run at such a high RPM. What does the ALARM that's reported for in6 mean? Is it important? I've been playing around with the fancontrol daemon, trying to see if I could get better results than with the default fan management. Using the pwmconfig utility, I generated the following /etc/fancontrol file:

# Configuration file generated by pwmconfig, changes will be lost
DEVPATH=hwmon0=devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:18.3 hwmon1=devices/platform/it87.552
DEVNAME=hwmon0=k8temp hwmon1=it8718
FCTEMPS= hwmon1/device/pwm1=hwmon0/device/temp1_input
FCFANS= hwmon1/device/pwm1=hwmon1/device/fan1_input
MINTEMP= hwmon1/device/pwm1=35
MAXTEMP= hwmon1/device/pwm1=60
MINSTART= hwmon1/device/pwm1=180
MINSTOP= hwmon1/device/pwm1=100

This only sort of works—as soon as I enable the fancontrol daemon, the fan shuts off at first (good), but the temperatures of the 7 different sensors slowly rise, even when everything is idle. Eventually, when the Core0 Temp sensors goes past 35°, the fan comes back on, and then it alternates from being on and off at around 500-700 RPM, as the temperature goes back and forth across the boundary. It's certainly much more pleasant than 1200-1500 RPM, but it's still far from desirable.

Here's an example of the sensors output in that situation:
$ sensors
Adapter: PCI adapter
Core0 Temp: +36.0°C
Core0 Temp: +38.0°C
Core1 Temp: +34.0°C
Core1 Temp: +30.0°C
Adapter: ISA adapter .....
cpu0_vid: +1.100 V

I opened up the case, and the CPU heat sink felt warm but not excessively hot. I tried taking off the heat sink, cleaning off the thermal paste, putting on new thermal paste, and putting the heat sink back on, but that didn't seem to have much of an effect, if any. The two other heat sinks—one on the built-in AMD 780G graphics chipset and the other on the AMD SB700 southbridge—felt noticeably hotter than the CPU heat sink. So, my question is this: What should I do to get this computer back to the state where the fan is off when it's idle? Can I solve this with a smarter fancontrol configuration?

I cleaned out the heat sink and fan as best I could with compressed air (there wasn't a whole lot of dust, but I got rid of what I could), but still no dice. Rebooting into the BIOS configuration gives me the same results—the fan still runs at 1100-1200 RPM, and the system and CPU temperatures are reported as 40-44°C. Should I add another fan? The integrated GPU and the SB heatsinks felt significantly warmer to the tough than the CPU heatsink. The BIOS reports a system fan speed and NB fan speed of 0 rpm (since I don't have more than one fan).

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Jan 22, 2011

I am running OpenSUSE 11.2 (but I do not suspect that this is distribution-specific).Linux bach #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-12-15 23:55:40 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux.I am running in runlevel 3 while trying to sort this out.When smartd runs, it spins up my Western Digital drives from standby, but not my Samsung drive.Anyone know why blkid, edd_id and devkit-disks-pa are reading my standby drives? And are these reads sufficient to make drives spin up? I'm not sure what to look at next.

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Jan 26, 2011

I have got an Acer 3820T laptop. Among many problems that it seems to have with linux, the most critical one is that when I boot into linux, the fan stops spinning. I have already verified that the relevant modules are loaded into the kernel,


~$ modprobe --first-time -a processor thermal fan acpi-cpufreq coretemp
WARNING: Module processor already in kernel (builtin).
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Feb 11, 2015

I've bought a new notebook. The hard drive won't stop spinning down and then spinning up again during load. I don't want HD power saving, so I disabled it within

1. /etc/hdparm.conf
Code: Select all# -B apm setting
apm = 255
# -B apm setting when on battery
apm_battery = 255

It didn't work. I can still hear the HD spin up. It's annoying in a video game because things just suddenly stop for a second.

2. /etc/udev/rules.d/50-hdparm.rules

Code: Select allACTION=="add", SUBSYSTEM=="block", KERNEL=="sda", RUN+="/usr/bin/hdparm -B 255 -S 0 /dev/sda"

This was also every tip I could find during RTFM.

Other specs:

Acer Aspire E5-521G-88A8 Notebook
AMD A8-6410 APU
AMD Radeon R5 2 GB VRAM
hdparm model number: ST1000LM024 HN-M101MBB

Debian Jessie

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