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Old 04-08-2003, 03:31 PM   #1
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computer performance plunge after install


i installed mandrake 9.0 prosuite last night and now i'm encountering serious performance problems with my computer. i've installed mandrake on one drive of the two hard drives in my computer, and the other drive houses windows XP. this morning i attempted to run either operating system, and both ran ridiculously slow, so slow i could not message this from home (i'm at school). if anyone has previously encountered this problem or recognizes it as indicative of a hardware issue, etc., please give me some direction because i really don't want to reinstall everything for windows and linux.
 
Old 04-08-2003, 03:39 PM   #2
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If both OSs suddenly got slow, look for a hardware fault. Something vital...
 
Old 04-08-2003, 08:00 PM   #3
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Yeah I'd definitely say something hardware-related...

Though, I read recently that having two active physical hard disks on the same IDE cable can seriously hurt performance. If this is the case, you might want to move one of them to another cable, if that is an option. i.e., if you have:

Primary: HDD, HDD
Secondary: CDROM

Change it to:

Primary: HDD, CDROM
Secondary: HDD

If this is not the case, then ignore everything I say
 
Old 04-09-2003, 07:30 AM   #4
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Thought : if two drives are on the same IDE cable, and they are sharing data between them, then the data goes from the HDD, to the IDE to the IDE controller, to the RAM, to the CPU, to the RAM, to the same IDE controller which is woking again, to the same IDE cable, then to the second HDD. Bandwith theoretically cut in half. Not including error parity checks and IDE drive timing thingamies.
If you have two drives, and the installation of both operating systems is spread over both of them, then the system needs to contact both drives to do data movement/operations.
I doubt that is the problem. When I have the first options shown above, my performance does not noticeably decline, apart from when I am doing file transfers between volumes/drives, which is fairly uncommon.
I recon that there is another bigger problem, possibly the UDMA setting being changed somehow - (this is supposed to be tech.talk for the setting of how fast the IDE controller operates in sending data along the motherboard bus between the IDE Drive unit and the RAM/CPU combination.
Suggestion : check the agp bit - reinstall it or something because my system has slowed down alot with Linux, and i have a feeling that somehow the AGP is chewing up processor time in both cases, without actually being productive.
And this is such a wordy bit of non-helpful thinking-aloud because I am downloading one heck of a file and I have not much else to do with my time. Thanks for listning. Bye
 
Old 04-09-2003, 07:42 AM   #5
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Silly question:

How much RAM do you have? I dont think linux would have caused this.
 
Old 04-09-2003, 08:13 AM   #6
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doesn't linux use less RAM than windows?
 
Old 04-09-2003, 08:42 AM   #7
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I know this sounds silly but maybe you had 512MB RAM (2 sticks of it) then maybe one stick of RAM died!
 
Old 04-09-2003, 10:21 AM   #8
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I'm not expert enough to give a good opinion, but it occurs to me that a swap-file problem COULD be involved. With either or both systems...
 
Old 04-09-2003, 07:38 PM   #9
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Still, one OS causing another to slow down? I don't see it. Did you put that second disk in to put Linux on it? ...or was it there already?
 
Old 04-09-2003, 07:48 PM   #10
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Excuse my multi-posting, but have you noticed anything else? Hard disk light staying on? Excessive grinding?
 
Old 04-11-2003, 11:46 AM   #11
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Smile things no longer running slow, but...

ok, whatever happened that slowed things down has been fixed, but i have a new problem, now that the speed issue has been taken care of. under both windows and linux, my ability to configure an internet connection is horribly crippled. by horribly crippled, i mean windows seems to have completely forgotten how to use any of its internet protocols (PPPoe, etc.) and problems along those same lines occur when i try to setup the connection in linux. the connection will hang for a while, then not connect and linux will not prompt me for "necessary" information to logon, like acct and pass for my internet service. any suggestions as to a fix are welcome.
 
Old 04-11-2003, 05:27 PM   #12
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Are you on broadband or dial-up?
 
  


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