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I experience a couple of problems, when this one is sorted out, I'll start on the next one!

The problem is a 75 second boot time and after investigation have found that, at 8. 5 seconds the 2nd internal HDD (sbd5) is mounted, this is the HDD that hosts the OS. Then everything goes into a state of limbo and finally, at 36.5 seconds in to boot-up sequence, with nothing happening in between, it is re-mounted

I may be going senile, but I can not for the life of me work out why this is happening.

The two consecutive lines from the boot log sequence look like this:

[    8.428310] EXT4-fs (sdb5): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[   36.611892] EXT4-fs (sdb5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro

My grub file looks like this:

GRUB_DEFAULT="0"
#GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT="0"
GRUB_HIDDEN_TIMEOUT_QUIET="true"
GRUB_TIMEOUT="3"
GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR="`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet profile splash nomodeset video=uvesafb:mode_option=1280x1024-24,mtrr=3,scroll=ywrap"
GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=""

I have the mount option for the drive set at: Mount at Startup

I do not have a swap file as I have 4GiB SDRAM.

Technical details:

  • Processor - Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz × 2
  • Graphics - GeForce 8400M GT/PCIe/SSE2
  • OS - Ubuntu 13.04 64-bit
  • Memory - 3.9 GiB

HDD 1 (sda)

  • FUJITSU MHY2250BH 250GiB
  • running at 38°C/100°F
  • This is the Windows 7 disk which I use to run iTunes on (damn Apple!!!)
  • sda1, HPFS/NTFS (Bootable), 105 MB
  • sda2, HPFS/NTFS, 250 GB

HDD 2 (sdb)

  • FUJITSU MHY2200BH 200GiB
  • running at 44°C/111°F
  • 196611 bad sectors on it this has
  • sdb1 Extended Partition 194 GB
  • sdb2 Linux, Ext2 (version 1.0), 5.9 GB
  • sdb5 Linux, Ext4 (version 1.0), 194 GB

If you have any ideas how to stop this long delay in my boot time, I would appreciate hearing from you.

UPDATE Thursday 6th June 16:15

[    9.443273] EXT4-fs (sdb5): mounted filesystem with ordered data mode. Opts: (null)
[   37.837711] EXT4-fs (sdb5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro

on a previous boot, the message included a bit where a repair of the read only part of the disk was required, it was fixed 2 seconds later.

Could the answer be in the 196611 bad sectors?

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