I am having some pretty major issues involving copying larger files onto my laptop’s SSD. Here’s what happens:
Fresh install of Zorin Lite 16.2. SSD completely wiped beforehand, no dual boot or anything like that.
OS seems to work well, I configure it, run all updates, and am able to copy user library files over quickly - documents, pictures, music, some video files, etc. About 150GB of the SSD is now used including OS files. Everything seems working well at this point.
Now I would like to copy more video files over (about 1-5GB each), but the copying begins to slow way down, eventually freezes. I managed to slowly get about 50GB worth copied over, but the OS now seems totally bogged down. Everything is slow, even after restarting, to the point that it isn’t usable. If I open Firefox it will take a few minutes to open, then it crashes, etc. A previous installation stopped booting entirely, and wasn’t able to be repaired with Boot Repair, it required a fresh installation. Not sure if that problem was related to this one but I’m thinking it may be.
Here are things I’ve tried:
- 2 different external drives - both are NTFS and connected through USB
- Reinstalling the OS (multiple times)
- Linux Mint (same issue)
- Different file managers (Double Commander and whatever the default is on Linux Mint)
- Some of the memory swap stuff suggested here: https://askubuntu.com/questions/397249/system-freezes-unresponsive-unusable-when-copying-large-file-to-usb
- Installing Caffeine and letting a single file transfer run all night (the system is either frozen in the morning or it shows the dreaded black screen with white underscore in the top left corner. Also strangely, after restarting, Caffeine is no longer installed..)
- Transferring the files over the network instead of directly through USB using Warpinator
- Deleting all the video files, emptying trash, restarting.
SSD is brand new, SMART scans show no problems. It has 1 TB capacity. I know it isn’t good to fill it up too much, but I would think the operating system should still function well with a less than half full drive. This laptop was previously working with all of the files on it on Windows. However it was running slow, one reason why I wanted to switch it to a light Linux. It does seem to run much better than it did on Windows, until I attempt the file transferring and it bogs down.
I think that either some hardware aspect of this laptop is failing, or Ubuntu doesn’t like it for some reason. It’s not a great laptop, and I will probably end up buying a new one once I’m able to.
I think I will do a fresh install of Zorin once again, accepting that I can’t transfer very many files, and leave it at that until I can get a better laptop.
But I’ve put enough time into messing with this that I’d love to figure out what is going wrong. If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I love to hear them!
Here is the inxi:
System: Kernel: 5.15.0-69-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: N/A Desktop: Xfce 4.16.0 tk: Gtk 3.24.20 info: xfce4-panel wm: xfwm4 dm: LightDM 1.30.0 Distro: Zorin OS 16.2 base: Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Machine: Type: Laptop System: ASUSTeK product: E402BA v: 1.0 serial: <filter> Mobo: ASUSTeK model: E402BA v: 1.0 serial: <filter> UEFI: American Megatrends v: E402BA.314 date: 02/26/2020 Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 34.3 Wh condition: 36.8/36.8 Wh (100%) volts: 7.7/7.7 model: ASUSTeK ASUS Battery type: Li-ion serial: <filter> status: Not charging cycles: 100 CPU: Topology: Dual Core model: AMD A9-9420 RADEON R5 5 COMPUTE CORES 2C+3G bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Excavator L2 cache: 1024 KiB flags: avx avx2 lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 11977 Speed: 1397 MHz min/max: 1400/3000 MHz boost: enabled Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1397 2: 1397 Graphics: Device-1: AMD Stoney [Radeon R2/R3/R4/R5 Graphics] vendor: ASUSTeK driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus ID: 00:01.0 chip ID: 1002:98e4 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.13 driver: amdgpu,ati unloaded: fbdev,modesetting,vesa resolution: 1366x768~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: AMD STONEY (DRM 3.42.0 5.15.0-69-generic LLVM 12.0.0) v: 4.5 Mesa 21.2.6 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: AMD vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:01.1 chip ID: 1002:15b3 Device-2: AMD Family 15h Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:09.2 chip ID: 1022:157a Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.15.0-69-generic Network: Device-1: Qualcomm Atheros QCA9377 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter vendor: AzureWave driver: ath10k_pci v: kernel port: f100 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 168c:0042 IF: wlp1s0 state: up mac: <filter> Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet vendor: ASUSTeK driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e000 bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8168 IF: enp2s0 state: down mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 6.37 TiB used: 206.85 GiB (3.2%) ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 870 EVO 1TB size: 931.51 GiB speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: XX scheme: GPT ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion HDD size: 5.46 TiB serial: <filter> rev: 1801 scheme: GPT Partition: ID-1: / size: 915.32 GiB used: 206.84 GiB (22.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 62.0 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 42 C Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 3800 Repos: Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list 1: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal main restricted 2: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-updates main restricted 3: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal universe 4: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-updates universe 5: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal multiverse 6: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-updates multiverse 7: deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ focal-backports main restricted universe multiverse 8: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security main restricted 9: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security universe 10: deb http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu focal-security multiverse Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/1password.list 1: deb [arch=amd64 signed-by=/usr/share/keyrings/1password-archive-keyring.gpg] https://downloads.1password.com/linux/debian/amd64 stable main Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zorin.list 1: deb https://packages.zorinos.com/stable focal main 2: deb https://packages.zorinos.com/patches focal main 3: deb https://packages.zorinos.com/apps focal main 4: deb https://packages.zorinos.com/drivers focal main restricted Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zorinos-ubuntu-apps-focal.list 1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zorinos/apps/ubuntu focal main Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zorinos-ubuntu-drivers-focal.list 1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zorinos/drivers/ubuntu focal main Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zorinos-ubuntu-patches-focal.list 1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zorinos/patches/ubuntu focal main Active apt repos in: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/zorinos-ubuntu-stable-focal.list 1: deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zorinos/stable/ubuntu focal main Info: Processes: 184 Uptime: 13m Memory: 7.22 GiB used: 1.35 GiB (18.7%) Init: systemd v: 245 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: N/A Shell: bash v: 5.0.17 running in: xfce4-terminal inxi: 3.0.38