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SOLVED! was Re: PC Slowdowns and Lock-ups

Many thanks to all who responded to my initial post. I have finally
tracked the problem down to a dying hard drive. I had various bad blocks
developing which, though not enough to stop the computer altogether,
were more than enough to slow the system to a standstill on more than
one occasion!
One to chalk up to experience I guess!

Once again thanks to all who offered constructive help on this topic.

James Caldow

James Caldow wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am running Debian Sarge on my work PC and over the past couple of weeks I have
> noticed it getting slower and slower. The PC had been running very well for
> months previously using both Sarge and Sid.
> It is by no means a high spec computer, (Athlon 900MHz, 512Mb PC133 SDRAM, 80Gb
> Hard Drive, ATI Radeon 9250 128Mb Graphics Card), but as I say it has been
> running well for months now.
> The problems begin as soon as I am logged into the system. The cursor will move
> very, very slowly, if at all. If I manage to open an application there is a good
> chance it will lock-up the computer completely. If not, I have to either use
> extreme patience and SLOWLY drag the cursor to the quit button, (which can take
> many minutes) or use ALT+F4. The slowdowns and lock-ups appear completely random
> and I can go for hours or sometimes days without any occurring, though I spent
> three days last week when the PC was completely unusable due to the slowness.
> I suspect it may have more to do with Hardware than the OS as I have also run
> Knoppix on it out of curiosity. It was equally slow.
> If anyone has any ideas or suggestions I would be very grateful.
> James Caldow

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