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Old 06-19-2004, 03:02 PM   #1
Frankj51
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Smile Suse 9.0 Slow


I have set up a dual boot system on my HP Pavilion 733 mhz with 191 megs of ram. I have Windows ME on half of the disk and Suse 9.0 on the other half. I work at home doing clerical work over a network interface with the office. I am on cable internet with the RoadRunner service. In Windows ME I experienced a lot of crashes so I figured I would try to move out of windows to Linux.
However, I have noticed that Suse is really incredibly slow in its internet performance like accessing web pgs or interfacing with the office servers. I have tried different browsers like epihany and mozilla as well as firefox and they are much slower than Internet Explorer when I am in Windows. On the initial install Suse seemed to recognize all my hardware. It found my network card and said internet connection was successful and downloaded the updates as necessary. I find it hard to believe that it would perform worst that Windows ME since that version of Windows is just about the worst one produced. I am just wondering if I am missing something and if anyone might have any ideas on how to increase performance in Suse.

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Frank
 
Old 06-19-2004, 03:04 PM   #2
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Is it only internet that is slow? Do you have udma enabled?
 
Old 06-19-2004, 09:37 PM   #3
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Hi Bruno Buys

To answer your question. Yes it is the internet that is slow. What is udma? I have no idea what that term means.

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Old 06-20-2004, 12:19 AM   #4
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Udma is ultra-dma, and dma means direct memory access. Its a way for ide devices to work faster, so to speak.
To check if dma is enabled you can use the command hdparm, in the console, as root. If you
hdparm /dev/hda
it will list some info about the hda device. If you really wanna see detailed info, use
hdparm -I /dev/hda

To enable dma transfer to hda, for example, do
hdparm -d 1 /dev/hda


But, although checking won't do no harm, if suse is not slow as a whole, just internet, there is little chance its a dma problem. Instead, you should do some research on topics like dns servers from roadrunner, network connection and eth card drivers.
 
Old 06-20-2004, 12:33 AM   #5
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Hi bruno buys

Thanks for the information I will look into the topics you suggested.

Thanks
Frank
 
  


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