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Old 06-15-2002, 09:48 AM   #1
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Can I make Linux run faster??

I'm running Red Hat Linux on a relatively 'old' system, compared to the 2ghz+ systems that are out on the market right now. It's a Comapq Presario 5304 running a Cyrix 366 processor, 192mb ram, 32x Compaq CD-Rom, Imation 8x4x32 CD-R/RW drive,4.3 gb Seagate HD, 56k Lucent Winmodem (working in linux), 4mb SiS 530 onboard video, Sound Blaster 16 (from an old 486 IBM machine). Is there anyway I can tweak Red Hat 7.3 to run faster? It doesn't run slowly, except after startup, it seems to drag, but after awhile it runs just fine. I want to be able to run X and KDE, what startup services are unnecessary, and could I do a kernel recompile to maybe speed up things a little? If I could, how do I replace the old one and make grub see it? Do I have to have the entire source or just the headers? Could I compile the Winmodem module into the kernel when I build it, or would I have to install that after I do a kernel build? Sorry about all the silly questions, but I haven't done a kernel build yet, and if it's possible to trim down on the "crap" that I don't need, then I would like to know how I could do it. Thanks for all the help in advance.
Old 06-15-2002, 01:19 PM   #2
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Kernel recompilation won't help much. It's much better idea to turn off some services you don't need. Note down the ones you're running and post them here.
Old 06-15-2002, 09:49 PM   #3
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Take a look at this link. All sorts of good tips. Playing (carefully) with hdparm will get you a ton of hd speed.
Old 06-17-2002, 01:25 AM   #4
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there are other xwin interfaces that run much faster than gnome or kde. you could try one of those


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