I am sort of at a lost to as what to do exactly. I have Debian Wheezy installed on a USB flash drive. I installed it by burning the Debian LiveCD and booting my PC to that, plugging in the flash drive and then performing an install from the LiveCD down to the flash drive. I have since then booted from my flash drive, installed many different programs/etc. Anywho, it seems during any sort of disk or network intensive IO operations, the OS just locks up. Right now I am streaming pandora and the browser will just stop responding, the cursor will lock to whatever state it was in and then eventually the music will stop. After about 30 seconds it will "unfreeze" and operate normally. This happens during ANY intensive process such as copying data, downloading a file, watching a youtube video, etc. I am using Chrome as my browser at the moment, it seems to happen less with Chrome. It happened all the time with Iceweasel. I have to think it's something to do with some sort of flash drive bottle neck of some sort, I am not certain though. I feel like there is something I should tweak or configure for smoother operation from a thumb drive but I am not sure what. Does anyone have any suggestions I could try/implement to my Debian install to help it run smoothly from a thumb drive? I am not sure what information to provide so here's some general information -
USB 2.0 16 GB Kingston Data Traveler G3
HP Compaq 8510p
Ethernet Gbit Connection
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.20GHz
4 GB RAM
ATI RV630 Video
I imagine most drivers are functioning properly and whatnot.
I'm just not sure where to start troubleshooting these random little "hangs". I am more than happy to provide further information about the system/configurations/etc, just let me know what is needed.
Edit - Outputs blkid
/dev/sdb1: UUID="ed28abdb-9325-4686-b88c-977ca729b88b" TYPE="ext4" /dev/sdb5: UUID="F0EF-5A96" TYPE="vfat"
Disk /dev/sdb: 15.6 GB, 15610576896 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1897 cylinders, total 30489408 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x0001c76e Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 2048 29147135 14572544 83 Linux /dev/sdb2 29149182 30488575 669697 5 Extended /dev/sdb5 29149184 30488575 669696 b W95 FAT32