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Old 04-30-2006, 04:49 PM   #1
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fedora 5 slow on pentium 4


After Fedora core 5 was released, I decided to install it in place of fedora core 4. I wanted to avoid upgrading because I heard there were problems with upgrading. To test it out, I first installed it on a laptop with a celeron m processor. It worked well on the laptop, so I decided to install it over the fedora core 4 that was previously on my desktop. Although fedora core 4 worked very well on my desktop, there were major issues with fedora core 5. The installation of core 5 went smoothly, but when I booted, it went slower than any distro I have ever used.

I watched the detailed boot, and everything started loading really fast until it reached cups. The boot froze for about 2 minutes on cups, and then proceeded. It continued quickly until it reached sendmail. Sendmail took about 10 minutes to start up. After the rest of the processes loaded, I reached the first boot configuration. The configuration went smoothly like the installation. Once I reached the login screen, I logged in, but several minutes went by before the gnome desktop was ready for use. Most of the programs took several minutes to load. The configuration programs were the only ones that loaded instantly. Although the boot process said that my network was loaded, I could not view webpages with firefox, and I could not connect to servers using yum.

I was very surprised to find that it worked so slowly because fedora core 4 worked so well. Also, I've found many forums dealing with this slowness on AMD processors, but none on pentiums. Just wondering if anyone else has had this problem or if anyone has solutions.

The laptop that works fine is a Dell inspiron b130 with a pentium m processor 1.4 ghz and 256mb ram.

The desktop that has problems is a Dell dimension 4500 with a pentium 4 processor 2.0 ghz and 256mb ram.
 
Old 04-30-2006, 05:20 PM   #2
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Sounds like an issue with the Network card? It has one correct? Might be an issue with kudzu not creating the right /etc/modprobe.conf for it. Once system is up get the updates either through yum or apt/synaptic.

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Old 04-30-2006, 05:39 PM   #3
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It does have a network card. I'm not sure what to change in /etc/modprobe.conf to make it work.
 
Old 04-30-2006, 06:09 PM   #4
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...I decided to install it (FC5) over the fedora core 4 that was previously on my desktop...
Did you reformat to remove FC4 or did you leave FC4 in place and add FC5 to it?

Option one is the better option. Option two can give rise to some very odd problems.
 
Old 04-30-2006, 07:59 PM   #5
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I reformatted to remove FC4, and then I installed FC5.
 
Old 04-30-2006, 09:38 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by qbth
It does have a network card. I'm not sure what to change in /etc/modprobe.conf to make it work.
Do u use internet on this card? If yes have you ever lost your isp connection (like timing out, not pinging, or heavy load) when this occurs? I have the same problem. Whenever i lose my isp connection, all the things that you've said happens.

Turn OFF sendmail service if not required. Do this as root.
Code:
#/sbin/chkconfig sendmail off
Reboot. Any differences??

IF you need it back, just do a ON by replacing 'off' with 'on' later on your desktop.

If problem still persists, do an interactive booting (the 'i' key) and say no to 'Bring up eth0 (network) service' and 'sendmail service'. Check if this helps

Hope this helps
Cheers

Last edited by Hitboxx; 04-30-2006 at 09:42 PM.
 
Old 05-01-2006, 09:32 PM   #7
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Thanks, it was definitely the network card. Just wondering how I can set up FC5 to use this network card without functioning so poorly. Do I have to configure it by hand? If so, how would I go about doing that?
 
Old 05-02-2006, 01:27 AM   #8
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May be you should try a new card?
 
Old 05-02-2006, 06:39 PM   #9
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Phoenix, your idea about a new card is illogical. In my original question, I state that FC4 worked well, so clearly, my card is supported.

I recently found a post on another forum regarding a situation similar to this one. In fact, the person was even using the same driver: dmfe. It said that the problem was a bug in the kernel and to fix it, you're supposed to get an updated kernel installed on the machine. Although I did as it said, the problem persists. In case anyone wants to check it out, the url is:

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/red...et-fc-5-a.html

Sorry I didn't make it a hyperlink, but I don't think I'm allowed to yet.


I also tried the command dmesg, and the output concerning my network card was:

eth0: no IPv6 routers present

Does this mean fedora will only use an IPv6 router? If this is so, can I change it to use IPv4 instead?
 
Old 05-02-2006, 10:20 PM   #10
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The problem may be in DHCP or IPv6, may be you should try to disable these services? Also look at /etc/sysconfig/ , there should be network scripts, try to edit them, like made guy with SuSE. I'm at work, behind windows, so can't help you exactly . P.S. Cards are not so expensive anyway , it can also be useful if u have another pc/laptop, but it will be better to fix your problem. Cheers.
 
  


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