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Old 01-30-2003, 06:52 PM   #1
SonicBell
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Question Performance of RH8 on Inspiron 8200


I have made the great jump from W2K to Linux which has been a smoother transition than I thought but I am left with one problem...

I have an Inspiron 8200 which has had RH8 installed. At the moment it is extremely slow to open and close applications (once you are in an application it appears to be ok, it's only the opening and closing). I have compiled the kernel again, even had Dell out here replacing the Mother Board. It takes me around 1m56s to open an open office document which is useless!

The machine has 384mb of ram, 1.7ghz processor 779mb swap (0% used).

I need to know where to start looking? We have an identical unit (except it's 2 months older and a 1.2ghz unit) in th company... so I have pulled the hd out and put it in that machine.... runs fine.

If anybody has any clues as to a) where to start looking or b) experienced this in the past it would be a huge assistance to me for some feedback.

Thanks in advance
Chris Pope.
 
Old 02-05-2003, 09:56 AM   #2
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Pretty much I have the same problem only difference is mine is PIII...have you got any response...
 
Old 02-05-2003, 10:10 AM   #3
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do you have DMA enabled ?
Linux does NOT do this by default

type the following as root in terminal

hdparm -d /dev/hda

this will tell you if u have DMA on or off

if off, then type the following

hdparm -d1 /dev/hda

add this line to end of /etc/rc.local to enable DMA at boot

/sbin/hdparm -d1 /dev/hda

NB same command but with -c option will show whether 16bit or 32 support is enabled for drive

-c1 switches it on

(when adding these commands to rc.local always add /sbin/ )

same can apply to cd-rom drives, but you need to add the following line to /etc/modules.conf

options hd-cd dma=1

hope this helps

Last edited by salparadise; 02-05-2003 at 10:17 AM.
 
Old 02-05-2003, 10:24 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply...I will that and let you know...one more thing is I am running WUFTP and the username prompt very late (after 5-10 sec)...is that something normal...
 
Old 02-05-2003, 10:31 AM   #5
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no idea i'm afraid

i haven't explored ftp at all yet
 
  


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