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Old 12-31-2002, 01:14 PM   #1
dbh21
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New Install is sluggish


I've just installed Mandrake 9.0 for the first time, and my system seems sluggish. For instance, when I run TuxRacer, the CPU is pegged and the mouse is slow to respond. Being a windoze guy, I'm not sure where to start... any help would be appreciated.

System:
HD1: Maxtor 60 GB - Windows 2000
HD2: IBM 40 GB - Mandrake Linux 9.0
Video: ATI Radeon 8500
Sound: SB Live

When I run hdparm /dev/hdb I get the following:
/dev/hdb:
multcount = 16 (on)
IO_support = 0 (default 16-bit)
unmaskirq = 0 (off)
using_dma = 1 (on)
keepsettings = 0 (off)
readonly = 0(off)
readahead = 8 (on)
geometry = 5005/255/63, sectors = 80418240, start = 0
 
Old 12-31-2002, 01:24 PM   #2
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Run this command right now:
hdparm -c 1 -d 1 -k 1 /dev/hda
then add it to your /etc/rc.d/rc.local file so it runs at every boot. Run the same command for your /hdb as well. This will set your i/o to 32 bit, and dramatically increase your disk access times.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 02:23 PM   #3
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OK, I've done this now, but the system still seems to be sluggish. I forgot to mention that I have a AMD 1800, and 512MB of RAM. Plenty of speed so I think with linux that my machine would be screaming.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 02:42 PM   #4
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You must have something seriously wrong with your configuration, as you said, with those specs it should be screaming. Not sure what to tell you, or how to troubleshoot. Anyone else have ideas???

You say tuxracer is slow, what about other apps such as mozilla, openoffice, xpdf etc...

Last edited by bulliver; 12-31-2002 at 02:44 PM.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 02:50 PM   #5
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Try placing your hostname in your hosts file.

127.0.0.1 localhost.localdomain localhost
10.10.10.10 freddy

restart machine, run X.

I've heard rumours of X being sluggish if it can't find the hostname for it's own X server (Redhat warns you about this when it picks it up).

Slick.
 
Old 12-31-2002, 03:44 PM   #6
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I was having issues before with my hostname..

I added the following to the hosts file:
192.168.1.5 opus.myco.com opus

It didn't seem to fix anything other than a warning I was getting when I used gnome.

How do I run X in gnome?
 
  


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