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Sep 8, 2010

I've been having this issue since at least 9.10. I'm randomly encountering disk thrashing and application freezing which lasts around 30 seconds. Some applications seem to encounter this more often than others. Firefox and Picasa are pretty reliable at reproducing the issue. It also happens often when I'm using Transmission. CPU usage is not unusually high during the 'thrashing' sessions. Running iotop hasn't shed any light on the problem either. I was wondering if anyone else has encountered this or maybe someone could give me some clues. I'm running a dell inspiron 530 with ubuntu 10.04 64bit. I have 4gb of ram. Here is my 'df -h' if that is helpful.

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda3 103G 26G 73G 26% /
none 2.0G 288K 2.0G 1% /dev
none 2.0G 1.1M 2.0G 1% /dev/shm
none 2.0G 232K 2.0G 1% /var/run


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1 80Gb PATA HITACHI IC35L090AVV207-0
1 80Gb PATA MAXTOR 6Y080P0

9.04 lives on 2 ext3 partitions of the 250G SATA
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