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The Dropbox process constantly clocks more than 50% CPU usage sometimes going up to the higher 80s and 90s. At the same time it does not even upload/download the files it is supposed to. The progress is stuck at the same point and the dropbox daemon has not uploaded/downloaded more than one file in the last 24 hours. We are only talking about small files like pictures (~ 4-10 MB each). The effect this has on my laptop is that it overheats, sometimes with core temperatures up to 15-20 degrees above normal. The CPU utilization and temperature fall noticeably after I kill the dropbox daemon.

I have had this problem for more than a week now. I am using Xubuntu 12.04. I have more than enough local disk space available (8 GB in the disk where home and root are mounted) and 20 GB free space in my Dropbox account. I have 2 GB RAM.

I have also tried the following process (mentioned in this question: Dropbox is taking too much CPU time. How can I fix it?):

sudo apt-get purge nautilus-dropbox
rm -r $HOME/.dropbox*
sudo apt-get install nautlius-dropbox

But it made no difference to the problem at hand.

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Have you check your Internet connection? –  Shaharil Ahmad Jul 9 '13 at 15:24
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My situation might be different from yours, but I was having the exact same problem, however I'm now at a point where my Dropbox is working correctly.

Two things may have been a factor in getting my Dropbox into a working state.

First, specifics of the reinstall. For good measure I started with:

rm -r ~/.dropbox*

Next, I followed the instructions here: http://www.computeractive.co.uk/ca/computeractive-blog/2186872/fixing-dropbox-ubuntu-1204

Basically:

sudo apt-get clean
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get --purge remove nautilus-dropbox
sudo apt-get --purge autoremove
sudo apt-get --reinstall install nautilus-dropbox

Second, my situation might be different from yours in that I was trying to set Dropbox up on a secondary HDD since my primary HD is a smaller SSD.

I'd run into problems with Dropbox on secondary drives in the past, so as I was trying to troubleshoot the problem I always had it in the back of my mind that the issue could be related to trying to use a secondary drive.

After having no luck with the solutions you suggested here and others suggested elsewhere, I gave up and decided to see if it would behave more normally if I set my Dropbox up on the primary HDD.

I don't know if it was step 1 or step 2 that did the trick, but after that reinstall with my Dropbox folder on the primary SSH, Dropbox synced and behaved as expected.

Let me know if step 1 solves your problem, because I haven't looked into moving my Dropbox over to my secondary HDD, but I would like to.

Hope this helps!

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I had the same issue and I fixed by

rm -r ~/.dropbox
ln -s /mnt/win/Dropbox ~/Dropbox

Replace /mnt/win/Dropbox with the path to the Dropbox folder from your secondary HDD. Now start the Dropbox and set the location to ~/Dropbox

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