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Old 10-31-2005, 08:15 AM   #1
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Very Slow Hard disk


I have an old 10G hard disk that is extremely slow to access. I am running it on a 1GHz AMD Athlon w/ 256 MB of ram. Is there any RAM configurations that may speed up running programs? Or is there any way I can preload commonly used programs in to my huge RAM? Mozilla and MS Word(Crossover Office) are extremely slow to run, but once they are both loaded it runs fine.

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Old 10-31-2005, 09:08 AM   #2
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You might check to see if you are using DMA.
See man hdparm on how to query / change things.
As root, hdparm /dev/hda to find out what is currently being used.
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Old 10-31-2005, 09:27 AM   #3
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Thanks for your help, It looks like the DMA is on:
Code:
# hdparm /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
 multcount    = 32 (on)
 IO_support   =  1 (32-bit)
 unmaskirq    =  1 (on)
 using_dma    =  1 (on)
 keepsettings =  0 (off)
 readonly     =  0 (off)
 readahead    = 256 (on)
Is there any other things I might try?
 
Old 11-02-2005, 09:36 AM   #4
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Are there any other settings I can change? Or am I SOL for this harddrive? Someone mentioned doing a rambuffer for the harddrive but I can not find any info on this.
 
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I do not know of any other ways to speed your disk up. If your system is otherwise running OK, I wouldn't worry about it: On mine (P3 1GHz & P4 3GHz, tons of memory and fast 7200RPM disks with DMA and read-ahead enabled) mozilla and Openoffice are both slow to load, that's life I guess. I am still not going back to windows!

HTH
 
Old 11-02-2005, 01:06 PM   #6
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I have Mandrake Linux 10.1 installed on 4 other machines, all with 7200 hd's. They load OO and mozilla at an acceptable speed. The one with the slow hd is an old 10G hd. I will soon dd it to another, larger 7200rpm hd.

I install and maintain (remotely through ssh) a total of 5 Linux desktop machines for friends, family, and coworkers. This is the only one I've had complaints about so far. And it is just a speed problem.
 
  


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