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    Which log to see what's causing my hard drive to "grind away"

    Ubuntu Mate 20.04
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    Intel i5-6200U
    NVidia GForce

    After my computer goes to sleep or I close the lid and then come back to it, it's completely hung up. The monitor won't come back on and I can hear my hard drive "grinding away". Almost like a virus scanning program that is so intensive that nothing else works. Until the last time it happened, I'd hard boot by holding the power button down. But, the last time, I thought to myself, "the computer is doing something, just wait". So, I waited. I just left the laptop alone and went and did some other stuff. About 4 hours later, I checked on it and it was "freed up" and working again. I've rebooted since so I assume I've lost any log information that might tell me what's going on. The next time it happens, I plan to leave it along again until it finishes whatever it's doing. Once that happens, what logs or other tools would you suggest I review to see if I can figure out why it's doing this?

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    Re: Which log to see what's causing my hard drive to "grind away"

    Run:
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    dmesg | tail
    and it may give clues

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    Re: Which log to see what's causing my hard drive to "grind away"

    It sounds to me like you're running out of RAM during the resume process for some reason.

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    Re: Which log to see what's causing my hard drive to "grind away"

    Quote Originally Posted by CatKiller View Post
    It sounds to me like you're running out of RAM during the resume process for some reason.
    +1, there isn't any RAM according to the specs above.

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    Re: Which log to see what's causing my hard drive to "grind away"

    NVidia card has 4GB dedicated VRAM and an additional 8 GB DDR4 RAM too

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