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  • zed
    ... Thank you for the prompt response. The friend in questions lives some way away. As soon as I am able, I will visit her and check out your advice. Regards
    Message 1 of 3 , Jul 31, 2010
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      J <dreadpiratejeff@...> wrote:

      > On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 18:45, zed <zed@...> wrote:
      > > I have an elderly friend using one of these machines and I've just
      > > installed LinuxMint for her.  She was using WindowsXP and the machine
      > > was taking nigh on 4 minutes to boot.  Mint was installed in the hope
      > > that this would cure the problem.  Alas! it is still a four minute boot
      > > time.
      > >
      > > Following the advice of the helpful members on linux-thinkpad, I did a
      > > dmesg from the terminal.  The output looks like this:
      >
      > [SNIP]
      >
      > >
      ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
      > > Deciphering the result of the dmesg command, is beyond my level of
      > > competence, so I seek your assistance to point out any errors which
      > > could lead to a slow boot time., and what I can do about them.As a
      > > matter of interest, the machine is a 2.53GHz. although I do not know the
      > > model number.
      >
      > Looks like you've got < 1GB RAM, 1 single core P4 at 2.6GHz and
      > Hyperthreading disabled.
      >
      > You've got a WD WD400BB-23FJ 40GB hard disk (ATA)
      >
      > And looking further... your second hard disk is bad. That's causing your
      > slowdown:
      >
      >
      > [ 80.816025] ata2: lost interrupt (Status 0x58) [ 80.820003] ata2:
      > drained 32768 bytes to clear DRQ. [ 80.883112] ata2.01: exception Emask
      > 0x0 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x0 action 0x6 frozen [ 80.883119] ata2.01: failed
      > command: READ DMA [ 80.883127] ata2.01: cmd
      > c8/00:08:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/f0 tag 0 dma 4096 in [ 80.883129]
      > res 40/00:03:00:00:00/00:00:00:00:00/a0 Emask 0x4 (timeout) [
      > 80.883133] ata2.01: status: { DRDY } [ 80.883166] ata2: soft resetting
      > link [ 81.053407] ata2.00: configured for UDMA/33 [ 81.076389]
      > ata2.01: configured for UDMA/100 [ 81.076608] ata2.01: device reported
      > invalid CHS sector 0
      >
      > That runs from about 80 seconds in to 174 seconds in, which accounts for
      > about 1:34 seconds of boot time. Unplug that hard disk and see if it
      > speeds up the boot time...

      Thank you for the prompt response. The friend in questions lives some way
      away. As soon as I am able, I will visit her and check out your advice.

      Regards

      Zed.

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      zed

      Can anyone remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?
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