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Old 12-03-2004, 07:51 PM   #1
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kde, memory, processor newbie question


Hi, I'm running kde3 on Debian Sarge kernel 2.6.9 and after having my system running for a few days my 200mb swap is almost full and my processor is at 50% +\- 10% and goes to 100% as soon as I start a new process . Is this normal?
Processor is 2.40ghz pentium M for laptops running whit speedstep full kernel support I think, and 500 something memory.
If this is uncommon can someone please direct me to a guide or something on how to optimise my system? I am fairly sure the kernel is already optimised, but all tips are apriciated.
 
Old 12-03-2004, 08:00 PM   #2
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That's not really normal. Run "top" at the command line and find out which services/application is taking up so much memory. Your swap should never be used if you have that amount of RAM, so something went pretty bad.

Optimizing speed is the usual: Getting rid of KDE and using something as Fluxbox or XFCE4 and disabling services that you don't need to run.

Good luck!
 
Old 12-03-2004, 08:27 PM   #3
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The top command provided some interesting results, seems kdeinit is what is eating everything. I googled for it and found out allmost all programs run in kde show up as kdeinit. Something that seems a little strange is Tasks: 112 total, 1 running, 111 sleeping, and it fluxuates like it is starting and stopping processes constantly. And what could all those processes be?
Seems I might have to remove kde, and I just got it to look pretty....
 
Old 12-03-2004, 11:54 PM   #4
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Don't remove it just yet . Install a new Window Manager as black(flux)box and see if that makes a difference. I think you can install either with apt-get .

Also, another thing that works for me is, the system seems to be relatively more responsive when you boot into the command line and type "startx" ratter then having a cute "Welcome" screen as GDM, KDM, XDM, etc...

Try checking that too
 
  


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