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Old 01-21-2004, 05:39 PM   #1
Chryzmo
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Choppy Performance When Surfing the Web


Heyas,

Whenever I use a web browser to look at websites, while the page is loading everything else slows to a crawl. The curser will jump across the screen and my music will get all choppy, and continue that way until the entire site has loaded. I have tried 3 differnt browsers, I have tried it without having Xmms on, but it is still very choppy. I really do not think I should be getting this kind of performance by just using a web browser.

My specs are:

Athlon XP 1900+
512MB RAM
GeForce FX 5200Ultra
built-in nForce ethernet

I connect to the internet through the ethernet card, which connects to a Linksys router, then to a cable modem. I do not know if maybe there is something running that is interfering with my performance or what the problem could be. This is a nwe install, I just did it last night. Maybe someone has some ideas on how I could figure out specifically what the problem is?

Thanks,
Chris

edit: forgot to mention my distro I am using Mandrake 9.1 running KDE

Last edited by Chryzmo; 01-21-2004 at 08:49 PM.
 
Old 01-22-2004, 07:47 PM   #2
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Does anyone have any ideas? Or maybe a site with some troubleshooting tips that could help me with this performance issue? I would think it may have something to do with being on a LAN, but its only 2 computers and I have the most recent nForce drivers installed, so I'm still stumped...
 
Old 01-22-2004, 07:51 PM   #3
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as root type :
hdparm -dc /dev/hda

assuming that your linux install is on /dev/hda, replace if necessary
and show the results ..
 
Old 01-23-2004, 07:15 AM   #4
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This is what I got:

# hdparm -dc /dev/hdb

/dev/hdb:
IO_support = 0 (default 16-bit)
using_dma = 1 (on)

I have 2 harddrives and Linux is on the second one (hdb)
 
Old 01-23-2004, 07:48 AM   #5
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Do a search of this board and/or google for "hdparm" to learn about what others have done and all the options.

Also: go to the control panel, software updates, get the update media sources set up for the internet (google: "penguin liberation front" for dirictions). Then get the latest Mozilla browser. Konquerer is so slow by comparison, that it makes Mozilla look miraculous.
 
Old 01-23-2004, 04:25 PM   #6
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I tried using the update button in my control panel, but it says it cannot connect. Could this be because I am using Mandrake 9.1 and 9.2 recently came out? Perhaps, if I updated to 9.2 I could fix this problem? Before I download the ISOs, is Mandrake 9.2 stable or is it still in testing phases?

And I have been using Netscape 7.1 for Linux, so I don't think updating Mozilla would help, would it?

So, as long as Mandrake 9.2 is stable enough to use as a main OS I would be willing to try upgrading and maybe that could fix the choppiness. Plus, using 9.2 would make the updater work again right?
 
  


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