Comment 12 for bug 13823

randallw (rwayth) wrote :

Hi all,
Is there any update on this? I've recently changed my sarge box to a breezy box and encountered this problem. I consider this very much to be a bug. My box (celeron 2.4GHz) used to rip *and* encode CDs at better than 6x speed with sarge. Now I'm lucky if I get 3x rip and 1.5x encode. The 1.5x encode is downright emabrrasing and it seems to be because the CPU/bus is taken up with some sort of system activity.
"top" reveals the following:
Cpu(s): 14.3% us, 4.6% sy, 0.0% ni, 29.7% id, 1.1% wa, 49.7% hi, 0.6% si
Mem: 775536k total, 378572k used, 396964k free, 15344k buffers
Swap: 2040212k total, 0k used, 2040212k free, 221556k cached

  PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
 8185 rwayth 17 0 6352 4880 484 R 6.3 0.6 0:00.42 cdparanoia
 8107 rwayth 16 0 29632 16m 12m S 1.7 2.2 0:02.66 konsole

Note "49.7% hi". I'm guessing this is "hardware interrupts"? So it does not seem to be cdparanoia that is slow, rather something closer to the hardware.