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Old 08-31-2008, 11:15 AM   #1
tetsujin29
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mandriva 2008 slow!


Hi,

I am currently running Mandriva 2008 on an intel celeron eMachine (2.2ghz) with 1GB of RAM. I am using KDE, but everything (opening programs, loading webpages, maximizing/shrinking windows) is running slower than my windows vista laptop (which is a pentium III w/512MB RAM). I have read posts in this forum that states linux should be much faster than windows, so I think there is a problem somewhere...

I performed a memtest and no errors were detected. I did a ifconfig on my ethernet port and no error were detected.

I have the following questions:

- does the size of the monitor display has any impact on speed? I am using a 22inch 1680x1050 resolution.

- Would switching from KDE to Gnome be better? If so, how do I do it?? I am not sure if Gnome is installed when I installed Mandriva.

Thanks!
 
Old 08-31-2008, 11:21 AM   #2
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to choose between kde and gnome, you try it when you log into the system (gdm - session).

You can check also which prog ask a lot of power by monitoring process (top in console or ksysguard), there 's not only what you could do. Does your graphic card is well configured ? Do you use special/proprietary driver ?
 
Old 08-31-2008, 04:01 PM   #3
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to choose between kde and gnome, you try it when you log into the system (gdm - session).

You can check also which prog ask a lot of power by monitoring process (top in console or ksysguard), there 's not only what you could do. Does your graphic card is well configured ? Do you use special/proprietary driver ?
I have it set up as an auto-boot login so it boots kde automatically (w/ no visible option for switching to gnome). Also when I do "top", I see that firefox takes about 20-30% of CPU and everything else is negligible. Is there a way to determine the actual processor speed etc?

Also, anyone recommends switching from Mandriva to Ubuntu??

Thanks!
 
Old 09-01-2008, 04:44 AM   #4
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Logout from kde ant at this time you should be able to choose between kde or gnome.
Why not, from Mandriva to OpenSuSE.

What video driver do you use ? A "generic" driver can decrease the global performance of your system.
What are the amounts of swap (total and used) ?

Each one has his preferences, mine goes to OpenSuSE. I have worked during a little bit more than a year on Ubuntu (at work), I'm convinced, that distro has some very interesting things but it's not for me for several reasons.
 
Old 09-01-2008, 10:57 AM   #5
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Logout from kde ant at this time you should be able to choose between kde or gnome.
Why not, from Mandriva to OpenSuSE.

What video driver do you use ? A "generic" driver can decrease the global performance of your system.
What are the amounts of swap (total and used) ?

Each one has his preferences, mine goes to OpenSuSE. I have worked during a little bit more than a year on Ubuntu (at work), I'm convinced, that distro has some very interesting things but it's not for me for several reasons.
Here is my video card information:

00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 03) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
Subsystem: Trigem Computer Inc. Unknown device 3189
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
Memory at e8000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
Capabilities: [d0] Power Management version 1
Kernel modules: intelfb, i2c-i810


Here is the memoryinformation:

total used free shared buffers c
Mem: 884 610 273 0 31
-/+ buffers/cache: 327 557
Swap: 3992 0 3992


Anything that stands out?

Is OpenSuse suitable for linux newbies?

THanks for all the help!
 
  


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