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Old 05-11-2003, 12:46 PM   #1
juby
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Linux sluggish !!!


Hi guys ,
I have a wierd problem... my machine conf is as follows

i440zx motherboard (intel chipset)
p3@450
256 mb sdram
8 gb pri master
40 gb pri slave ( linux)
32mb riva tnt2 graphics
yamaha ymf 724 sound
pctel internal modem hsp56

The prbolem is
I run KDE with keramik as style, my problem is that the system is very
sluggish. It takes ~ 4-5 secs for a file manager to open. irrespictive of the
GUI or window manager.. the same is true for GNOME also.

If i am playing mp3 from hdd or cdrom even if i click on the window or switch between
windows. the music pauses for a second !

My ram seems to get filled up @ blocks of 8k size as time passes by..and
eventualy i only have some 4mb of free ram left !

the processes i run are postgresql,httpd. occasinaly i use tomcat too.
even if none of these are running i get the same problem.

I am running kernel version 2.4.18-14 on a redhat 8 ..
any suggestions to make it work smooth ?
 
Old 05-11-2003, 12:49 PM   #2
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Try running "top". You can press "M" to sort by memory usage and see what proccess is using the most.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 01:14 PM   #3
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httpd? You're running apache on this server, and want to run KDE and play music/do desktop stuff too?
 
Old 05-11-2003, 03:01 PM   #4
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When I was using a PCTel internal modem with MS Windows before I totally foreswore that product and corporation--I found that the modem could severely tie up my whole computer. When I switched to a hardware modem, no more hangups whatsoever. It's well worth the few extra dollars to have a hardware modem.
 
Old 05-11-2003, 03:15 PM   #5
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It's well worth the few extra dollars to have a hardware modem.
And a great confusion came onto the world,
and a man would borrow his brothers hammer,
and the brother wouldn't know, and everything
got confused ....


Cheers,
Tink
 
Old 05-12-2003, 03:33 AM   #6
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I tied the top with M option.. its shows a lot of instances of kdeinit running .. ya i use apache .. its needed for my work ! but the same config works well for win xp ..even though i use it rarely..
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:03 AM   #7
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My RedHat 8 was also pretty slow on my PIII 1GHz until I compiled my own kernel (2.4.20). Since then it works perfectly.
 
Old 05-12-2003, 04:45 AM   #8
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I am desperate . kde eith keramik is too good to throw away.. and to slugish to work with
 
Old 05-13-2003, 11:00 PM   #9
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Hey guys thers a workaround..dunno whether it will work for all. The villain is imlib .. try installing the imlib version that came with redhat 7.1 & fn lib also ..then at gnome works very fast .. nautilus takes only a fraction of a second to open..with apache & tomcat all running in the bkgnd.. wonder if theers a workaround for kde too ..

btw i tried fluxbox.. how do i get the icons on my Desktop ? does it have filemanager of its own ?

yet another cool one is enlightenment ..it works very fast.. when coupled with gmc ..

Last edited by juby; 05-13-2003 at 11:03 PM.
 
Old 05-14-2003, 12:44 AM   #10
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256M sdram is not so enough, So what about the swap space?

You should shutoff some services you don't need. Xft , xfree86 , or even mozilla will take many memory. and you even play mp3 . hehe...
maybe you should add some memory
 
  


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