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Old 05-12-2006, 12:29 AM   #1
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suse a resource hog?


Hello all.

After just installing Suse 10, I noticed my pc seems to be running slow. This seemed odd to me becuase I just upgraded from Red Hat 7, whick ran very fast. I have a Dell Poweredge Server with an Intel Celeron 2.0 ghz, 512 Mg of ram and a decent video card and gnome. It takes a while to load programs and when I move windows I get trails(think winning at solitaire in windows). Then I discover this:

linux:/home/markus # fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 20.0 GB, 20000268288 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2431 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 3 24066 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 4 2431 19502910 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 4 12 72261 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda6 13 2431 19430586 83 Linux

Disk /dev/hdb: 20.0 GB, 20000268288 bytes
16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38753 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 1 38752 19530976+ 83 Linux
linux:/home/markus # top

top - 00:09:08 up 5 days, 10:48, 2 users, load average: 0.24, 0.46, 0.27
Tasks: 85 total, 1 running, 84 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 3.3% us, 2.0% sy, 0.0% ni, 94.7% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 515784k total, 432424k used, 83360k free, 58668k buffers
Swap: 72252k total, 3184k used, 69068k free, 178836k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
5743 root 15 0 68236 60m 7164 S 1.3 11.9 23:04.07 X
13535 markus 18 0 75044 24m 13m S 1.3 4.9 9:58.65 gaim
6449 markus 16 0 5528 3752 1252 S 1.0 0.7 0:06.75 esd
6515 markus 16 0 59432 14m 9352 S 0.7 2.9 1:31.02 wnck-applet
6460 markus 16 0 15228 9272 6220 S 0.3 1.8 4:14.61 metacity
19304 markus 15 0 25168 12m 8524 S 0.3 2.4 0:01.13 gnome-terminal
19342 root 16 0 2108 988 764 R 0.3 0.2 0:00.02 top
1 root 16 0 692 260 224 S 0.0 0.1 0:02.55 init
2 root 34 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd/0
3 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.15 events/0
4 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.04 khelper
5 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kthread
9 root 20 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kacpid
327 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.30 kblockd/0
362 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 pdflush
363 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:03.89 pdflush
365 root 17 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 aio/0
linux:/home/markus # free
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 515784 434344 81440 0 58688 179728
-/+ buffers/cache: 195928 319856
Swap: 72252 3184 69068

Why is there so little free ram and how can I fix it. Keep in mind I nw to this...
 
Old 05-12-2006, 02:48 AM   #2
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did you check your HD settings with hdparm
(lots of tutorial about hdparm around)
 
Old 05-12-2006, 03:00 AM   #3
Wim Sturkenboom
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It's normal (as far as I know) that there's not much free ram visible in top. My top-results indicate 7908k free memory (of 256M) and the box runs smoothly.
 
  


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