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Old 03-25-2011, 05:22 PM   #1
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Help on fresh install of Debian 6.0.1


I just did a clean install of Debian 6.0.1 on an old HP Pavilion a320n. The install went successfully and it did reboot in the GUI, but it is painfully slow. I installed the Graphical desktop and the ssh server from the net install CD (6.0.1a-i386-CD-1.iso. How do I go about correcting the extremely slow gui?

My graphics card is a nVidia GeForce 4MX.

Grep says I have 3 lines containing (WW):
The directory "/usr/share/fonts/X11/cyrillic" does not exist
Falling back to old probe method for vesa
Falling back to old probe method for fbdev
I am currently using my laptop to search for solutions because as I said the GUI in Debian is horribly slow.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:23 PM   #2
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How much RAM do you have?

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:34 PM   #3
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2GB
 
Old 03-25-2011, 05:35 PM   #4
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Do you have the nvidia driver installed?

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:39 PM   #5
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No, I do not. I thought I wouldn't need it, I don't need anything fancy 'cause this pc is a hog anyway.

/edit (more info).
I didn't think I was supposed to here is why:
Well I can't find the link now but here is a quote
Quote:
The nv and radeonhd drivers are still present in this release, but are deprecated. Users should consider the nouveau and radeon drivers instead, respectively.
Thanks for you help.

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Old 03-25-2011, 05:43 PM   #6
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Which WM are you using?
Perhaps you can use a lighter WM like xfce

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Old 03-25-2011, 06:30 PM   #7
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I switched from system default to twm at the logon screen but I am not at all familiar with how to use it, I am currently looking it up on google.
 
Old 03-25-2011, 08:09 PM   #8
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Well, I really don't understand what is going on after choosing TWM, and then rebooting to Gnome it seems to be much more responsive. I think I'll still install fluxbox because I am at least familiar with it.

Thanks for all your help.
 
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If you would want to stick to gnome you could try some of this:
http://forums.debian.net/viewtopic.p...=54628#p316538
But fluxbox or xfce4 is probably the better choice.

You can also use gnome with a different window-manager than metacity
(for example e16, openbox or icewm), but i have never seen much improvement by that. Might be my ignorance.

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Old 03-25-2011, 10:00 PM   #10
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I have it working now with fluxbox. The only problem is my mouse pointer is misaligned with where it actually clicks on the screen.

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Maybe someone could help me with how to fix the misalignment problem with my mouse!

Thanks,

SR_25

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Old 03-26-2011, 02:36 AM   #11
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I went ahead and installed the legacy nVidia drivers by following the direction from here: http://wiki.debian.org/NvidiaGraphic...the_Debian_way

This fixed my mouse pointer misalignment problems. Thanks to everyone who tried to help.
 
  


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