[CentOS] Drive activity every 30sec

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Tue Jul 8 21:24:59 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 08 July 2008 19:29:06 Florin Andrei wrote:
> Anne Wilson wrote:
> > The reason I want to try it is that the laptop appears to be running much
> > hotter under KDE4 than it did under KDE3, so I want to test whether
> > over-frequent updates is the reason or not.  For instance, if I minimise
> > this message then maximise it again, the fan will start.  Obviously, if
> > there was a problem with the temp mounting I would take it out again.
> Does CentOS have a "laptop mode"? I'm only using this OS on servers, so
> I never tried laptop optimizations.
> Ubuntu does, and it seems to help keep the machine more quiet and cool.
> I also mount local partitions "noatime", don't use 3D screensavers and
> don't enable the Compiz 3D desktop effects. That crap is a distraction
> anyway. Oh, and I also enable CPU frequency scaling.
> I'm using Gnome, but these optimisations shouldn't depend on the desktop
> environment. Maybe KDE enables some graphic effects of its own, I don't
> know.

The laptop doesn't run CentOS - my server does, but the laptop has Mandriva.  
The local partitions are mounted 'noaatime', and, like you, I don't enable an 
3D stuff.  Desktop effects are not enabled, and CPU frequency scaling is 

I've been told that KDE 4.1 is better on this score, so maybe it's a bit like 
when Fedora take the debugging code out as they get close to release.


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