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My desktop is becoming very slow - even when the load as displayed by the w command is around 2 or so. I run eclipse, crashplan, dropbox, and some times matlab. Chrome is the browser used. I have 4GB RAM.

I run top to see if any offender is there but I am unable to figure out anything abnormal.

procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- -system-- ----cpu----
r  b   swpd   free   buff  cache   si   so    bi    bo   in   cs us sy id wa
0  2 1761116 662420 380944 332976   20    8   312   342    1   18  3  3 85 10

         total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:     3983388    3310076     673312          0     391452     329764
-/+ buffers/cache:  2588860    1394528
Swap:    3999736    1762708    2237028


I find that there around 10 chrome processes running ( I have only 5 tabs in chrome browser) occupying significant amount of memory (observed from System->Montior->Processes). Could this be a culprit or is it normal?


It looks like it is the continuous hard disk access that slows down my machine as seen from the hard disk access LED. Now how do I go further?

Any suggestions?


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Can you post the results of a vmstat and a free? – Paul Nov 18 '11 at 4:48
System Monitor -> Processes – Aki Nov 18 '11 at 7:07
@Aki Couldnt find anything particular....should I look for something specific? – suresh Nov 18 '11 at 20:08
@Paul I have added vmstat and free outputs. – suresh Nov 18 '11 at 21:11
Was these taken when you were experiencing slowness? – Paul Nov 18 '11 at 22:02

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