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Old 01-27-2002, 04:48 AM   #1
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Angry Linux is so s-l-o-w!


Hi everyone,
I'm using SuSE 7.3 Pro, and it is working fine except for one small point: it is so blasted slow! When I fire up KDE applications, its about 10 seconds before
the main window appears. Similarly, if
I have more than one app open, the whole
system crawls to a halt, and even stops responding to mouse and keyboard input for a few minutes. For instance, I may have a couple of Konqueror browers open, or Konqueror and Mahjong etc.

I'm using the standard installation provided "as is" on the SuSE CDROMS.
I don't want to compile my own kernel because I tried that a few years back with RedHat 5.1 and it left me with an unusable system. Are there any tweaks I can do to the system?

By the way, I am running KDE 2.2.1 (I know I can switch to GNOME or another
window manager, but I don't want to do this as it doesn't solve the problem);
I have 128 MB RAM, and an 800 MHz Celeron.

Thanks a lot everyone

Paul

:smash:
 
Old 01-27-2002, 05:58 AM   #2
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you harddisk is proberably running in 16bit mode

goto kmenu preferences, yast2 modules, hardware, system tunning

enable ultra dma and then reboot
hope this helps
 
Old 01-27-2002, 05:58 AM   #3
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Im no expert with linux, But I run mandrake 8.1, and I found adding more ram helped speed the system up. Its worth a try, memory prices are still relatively low.
I have 786meg in my machine, but 256/512 would probably be ok
 
Old 01-27-2002, 06:40 AM   #4
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Thanks for your help!

Do you know where the "System Tuning" option is located with SuSE 7.3? I can't
find it
from KMenu->Preferences->YaST menu->YaST2 modules->hardware

(thats the path closest to what was suggested earlier). I also can't find references to it in the help facility.

On a similar note, the PC is now running faster after a reboot - but that shouldn't be necessary surely! Beforehand, the PC was running was as "fast" as my old 200Mhz/32MB RAM PC!
 
Old 01-27-2002, 07:16 AM   #5
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Not 100% in 7.3 i'm on 7.2 but try just running YaST2 as root
 
Old 01-27-2002, 07:20 AM   #6
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and if you want to do it the manual way

use hdparm

this is a good guide to follow
http://linux.oreillynet.com/pub/a/li...29/hdparm.html
 
Old 01-27-2002, 02:11 PM   #7
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Hi,
I used hdparm, and found that using the flag suggested resulted in slightly lower timing buffer cache/disk read values! Hmmm.....

Anyway, onto the real question: is there a utility to check up on the memory leaks in a system? I feel this may be a problem, particularly using StarOffice a lot, which is hell of a resource eater ;-(

Thanks

Paul
 
  


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