The http://openbenchmarking.org/opc/1207...4#system_table page lists some of the things, and the model is Aspire 5740. Note that it's a dualcode CPU with hyperthreading, not a quadcore.
Here's what the hdparm said:
Incidentally, after running the first set of PTS benchmarks and then running the SMART extended test, the biggest offender in slowness - the sound menu coming up - has gotten to be a bit quicker about it... so I ran benchmarks again last night, however the new results are inconclusive: http://openbenchmarking.org/result/1...AR-1207015AR38
Timing cached reads: 5282 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2643.53 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 242 MB in 3.00 seconds = 80.59 MB/sec