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[Bug 607560] Re: jbd2 writing block every 5 - 10 seconds, preventing disk spin-down and making noise


berend, thank you for your comment. So your hardware and problem may be tracked, could you please file a new report with Ubuntu by executing the following in a terminal while booted into a Ubuntu repository kernel (not a mainline one) via:
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  jbd2 writing block every 5 - 10 seconds, preventing disk spin-down and
  making noise

Status in “linux” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  jbd2 writes blocks to the hard disk every 5 seconds.  This makes an
  annoying click/tick noise and prevents the disk from spinning down to
  conserve power.  jbd2 appears in logs as several entries like...

   Jul 19 21:35:45 edge kernel: [ 3312.913759] jbd2/sda5-8(350): WRITE
  block 42280704 on sda5

  ... and can be observed using iotop. Since the noise only occurs in
  Ubuntu and not in Windows 7 it is probably a software problem.  The
  excessive writes may reduce the disk's lifespan.

  WORKAROUND: Adding commit=60 to the partition's entry in fstab
  increases the interval to 30-45 seconds.

  Threads covering this problem
  * http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1489637
  * https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=692073

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
  Package: linux-image-2.6.32-23-generic-pae 2.6.32-23.37
  Regression: No
  Reproducible: No
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-23.37-generic-pae
  Uname: Linux 2.6.32-23-generic-pae i686
  AlsaVersion: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Driver Version 1.0.21.
  Architecture: i386
   **** List of CAPTURE Hardware Devices ****
   card 0: Intel [HDA Intel], device 0: ALC269 Analog [ALC269 Analog]
     Subdevices: 1/1
     Subdevice #0: subdevice #0
   /dev/snd/controlC0:  rcx      2456 F.... pulseaudio
  CRDA: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory
   Card hw:0 'Intel'/'HDA Intel at 0xf0800000 irq 22'
     Mixer name	: 'Intel G45 DEVIBX'
     Components	: 'HDA:10ec0269,17aa21bc,00100004 HDA:80862804,80860101,00100000'
     Controls      : 16
     Simple ctrls  : 8
  Date: Mon Jul 19 23:24:03 2010
  Frequency: Every 5-10 seconds.
  HibernationDevice: RESUME=UUID=ae276af8-b805-466a-a688-8d175cd3f2d7
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release i386 (20100429)
  MachineType: LENOVO 05782AU
  ProcCmdLine: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-23-generic-pae root=UUID=01d19f79-8c81-4da6-949d-db8f4d85b84a ro quiet splash
  RelatedPackageVersions: linux-firmware 1.34.1
  SourcePackage: linux
  dmi.bios.date: 06/11/2010
  dmi.bios.vendor: LENOVO
  dmi.bios.version: 80ET37WW (1.14 )
  dmi.board.name: 05782AU
  dmi.board.vendor: LENOVO
  dmi.board.version: Not Available
  dmi.chassis.asset.tag: No Asset Information
  dmi.chassis.type: 10
  dmi.chassis.vendor: LENOVO
  dmi.chassis.version: Not Available
  dmi.modalias: dmi:bvnLENOVO:bvr80ET37WW(1.14):bd06/11/2010:svnLENOVO:pn05782AU:pvrThinkPadEdge:rvnLENOVO:rn05782AU:rvrNotAvailable:cvnLENOVO:ct10:cvrNotAvailable:
  dmi.product.name: 05782AU
  dmi.product.version: ThinkPad Edge
  dmi.sys.vendor: LENOVO

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