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Old 05-19-2006, 02:59 PM   #1
msander379
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suse running very slow


I just installed Suse 10 and the install was easy w/ no problems. Thing is, it runs soooo slowly. It is constantly using almost all my memory at all times! Even when I'm not doing anything! it averages like 90% even when the system is idle. And it's not my pc cause i used to run RH7 and it was much, much faster. It takes like 10 seconds to open firefox! Is this how Suse is, cause i heard it is a resource hog? Here is some info:

linux:/home/markus # free -l
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 515784 505236 10548 0 44704 181424
Low: 515784 505236 10548
High: 0 0 0
-/+ buffers/cache: 279108 236676
Swap: 72252 3080 69172

top - 15:55:22 up 1 day, 12:57, 2 users, load average: 0.58, 0.37, 0.21
Tasks: 98 total, 1 running, 88 sleeping, 0 stopped, 9 zombie
Cpu(s): 11.0% us, 1.3% sy, 0.0% ni, 87.7% id, 0.0% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 515784k total, 506020k used, 9764k free, 44704k buffers
Swap: 72252k total, 3080k used, 69172k free, 181536k cached

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
30370 markus 15 0 27480 14m 9872 S 10.0 2.8 0:07.46 gnome-terminal
5833 root 15 0 44480 36m 8504 S 1.7 7.1 16:13.66 X
6510 markus 15 0 19340 10m 7356 S 0.3 2.0 2:22.43 metacity
6621 markus 15 0 20388 10m 8392 S 0.3 2.1 0:09.45 multiload-apple
1 root 16 0 688 264 224 S 0.0 0.1 0:01.96 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 0:00.14 events/0
4 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.05 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 0:00.14 kblockd/0
362 root 20 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 0:02.61 pdflush
365 root 17 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 aio/0
364 root 15 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:01.27 kswapd0
955 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kseriod
1167 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.06 reiserfs/0
2148 root 12 -4 1864 944 628 S 0.0 0.2 0:01.92 udevd
2503 root 11 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kgameportd
2637 root 10 -5 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khubd
3071 messageb 16 0 3524 1560 1320 S 0.0 0.3 0:01.60 dbus-daemon
3191 root 15 0 1888 912 716 S 0.0 0.2 0:00.81 syslog-ng
3196 root 16 0 1624 604 412 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.06 klogd
4080 root 15 0 2208 752 628 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.02 resmgrd
5562 mdnsd 16 0 1960 964 728 S 0.0 0.2 0:00.20 mdnsd


How can i fix this and improve system speed? Please keep in mind i am a linux rookie and more comfortable still in gnome than CLI. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
Old 05-19-2006, 03:26 PM   #2
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Ummm, it might still be your PC. What are the specs on your PC (processor speed, RAM, etc)? Comparing Suse 10 to Red Hat 7 is like comparing Windows XP to Windows 95. The Gnome desktop has become more bloated than in the days of Red Hat 7...
 
Old 05-19-2006, 09:40 PM   #3
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Maybe it's extra processes and modules. If you're feeling brave, you can compile a kernel designed to run only on your system; that would lighten things up.

What's the output of lsmod?
 
Old 05-19-2006, 09:55 PM   #4
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I see your post lists 9 'zombie' processes. Kill those in the system monitor (right click, kill process) and see if it makes a difference

Also, is DMA enabled for your hard drive?

hdparm -d /dev/hda

where /dev/hd* is the name of your hdd. It should read 'on'

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