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Damaged hard drive? Results SMART and some problems

Post by klas88 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 1:25 pm

Sorry for the language of the images. I have installed the last linux mint in the my friend's computer (emachines D620 AMD Athlon 64). It does not run too fast and especially the internet videos are choppy, they are paralyzed (and it is not because of the WIFI connection). I analyzed the disk with SMART. The result in the images after the text..

This says "correct disc", but if you read "reading error rate" it gives a very high value, when I think it should be zero. Does this mean that the hard drive is damaged and would explain the problems of, for example, that the videos on Youtube (especially HD videos) are choppy or the pc does not run too well? I think it should run better. However, the movies in VLC reproduce perfectly.

I tried xubuntu, kubuntu and I had the same problems. I'm thinking of installing windows vista, but if the problem is with the hard drive I will not solve anything. I tried proprietary AMD64 driver and without it, both options and I have the same problems. Explanations? Or maybe the problem is another? Solutions?

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Re: Damaged hard drive? Results SMART and some problems

Post by austin.texas » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:08 pm

Please post the result of:

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inxi -Fxz
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Re: Damaged hard drive? Results SMART and some problems

Post by klas88 » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:59 pm

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eMachines-D620 ~ $ inxi -Fxz
System:    Host: noe-eMachines-D620 Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   System: eMachines (portable) product: eMachines D620 v: 0100
           Mobo: eMachines model: eMachines D620 v: Rev
           Bios: Phoenix v: V1.03 date: 09/26/2008
CPU:       Single core AMD Athlon 2650e (-UP-) cache: 512 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 svm) bmips: 1596 speed/max: 800/1600 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] RS690M [Radeon Xpress 1200/1250/1270]
           bus-ID: 01:05.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: ati,radeon (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1280x800@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690
           GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Advanced Micro Devices [AMD/ATI] SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:14.2
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.10.0-38-generic
Network:   Card-1: Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
           driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: a400 bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
           driver: wl bus-ID: 05:00.0
           IF: wlp5s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (29.4% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9160310AS size: 160.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 14G used: 6.1G (46%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 131G used: 37G (30%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 2.02GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 44.0C mobo: 44.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 170 Uptime: 3 min Memory: 1016.5/1745.1MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 
noe@noe-eMachines-D620 ~ $ 

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Re: Damaged hard drive? Results SMART and some problems

Post by austin.texas » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:41 am

Try turning off hardware acceleration in your browser.
If you are using Chrome, that is Settings > Advanced > System
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Re: Damaged hard drive? Results SMART and some problems

Post by Mute Ant » Sat Feb 03, 2018 6:07 am

Your inxi listing shows a very modest specification. A single core CPU with 1596 bmips from 2005...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_ ... ft_Windows
...when dinosaurs ruled the earth... well sort of... Windows XP really. Processor-intensive activities will indeed be gritty with a modern OS. That would include USB storage, which distracts the CPU from normal processing. Video display is really pushing it, heavily compressed pictures need a lot of work to inflate them back into a bitmap that can be splatted into the video frame buffer.

Some hard drive SMART firmware interprets 'read error' as 'invocations of error-correction' and then apply error correction to every sector fetched from the drive. It's not a very useful number, but that's what they do. The useful SMART signs of a less-than-perfect drive are summarised by the Backblaze company...

https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-sma ... -failures/
"When the RAW value for one of these five attributes is greater than zero, we have a reason to investigate.
SMART 5 Reallocated Sectors Count
SMART 187 Reported Uncorrectable Errors
SMART 188 Command Timeout
SMART 197 Current Pending Sector Count
SMART 198 Uncorrectable Sector Count"

That's just 'investigate' of course. If the drive has 3 reallocated sectors and stays like that, it's just bad luck. If there's a progressive growth of one or more of these, the drive is not just blemished, it's ill and declining.
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