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Old 12-16-2002, 10:54 AM   #16
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i had a similar first impression but...

try these..
from terminal as root type
hdparm -d /dev/xxx
where xxx is name of hard drive,
this will tell you if DMA is on or off
my system is big and fast but DMA had to be turned on manually at first
if this command reads that DMA is off then type
hdparm -d1 /dev/xxx note:your system will NOT need a reboot to make DMA start it just starts when you tell it to!!!!
for more info on this look for thread titled: strange bottleneck on fast system

netscape 7 is available for linux
i got real player and flash working fine

see rpmfind.net amd search for relplayer flash etc
 
Old 12-16-2002, 12:36 PM   #17
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Pilot1, im using :-
1.1Ghz Athlon (NOT XP version)
512mb DDR mb RAM
and a Geforce 2 mx Graphics card which i cant update (hence I cannot enable 3d accelaration)

Im sure this is more than enough,

When I say that the Internet Navigator is slow, I mean that It has slow response times compared to IE6.
 
Old 12-16-2002, 12:39 PM   #18
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I am using Grub, and At the time of installation, I didnt think you could do anything about it.
The menu for Grub is defined in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and is a text file that is editable. You will need to be the root user to modify this file. There will be a line:

title DOS

Just change that to:

title WinME

or whatever text you want to see when the Grub menu is displayed at boot time (the "title" part must remain, but the text after it is changeable).
 
Old 12-16-2002, 12:46 PM   #19
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Quote:
Originally posted by salparadise

try these..
from terminal as root type
hdparm -d /dev/xxx
w

I dont understand what you mean, Linux is so confusing

can you please dumb it down for me

I found a book in my local Waterstones (I live in the UK) and it was 40 !!! (about $60!)

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Old 12-16-2002, 01:25 PM   #20
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ok

in console type this..

hdparm -Tt /dev/hda

this should give you a read out of your hard disk read speeds
you should get >100 MB/sec for cache and >20 MB/sec for read/write.

when i first ran this i got speeds of 3.2MB/sec for buffered disk read

after DMA was enabled i got 37.4MB/sec

the command hdparm -d1 /dev/hda turns DMA on

if you're still stuck then try
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...threadid=37708

also at the command
man hdparm for readout on hdparm command

persevere

it's worth it
 
Old 12-16-2002, 01:33 PM   #21
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Originally posted by MatchStick
I dont understand what you mean, Linux is so confusing

can you please dumb it down for me

I found a book in my local Waterstones (I live in the UK) and it was 40 !!! (about $60!)
The most powerful computers in the world runs Linux. The 2.4 kernel can be cut down to fit on a digital watch or scaled up for a grid engine. This technology is worth an awful lot of money. And it's free if you have a cable/DSL connection. There's 24 hour support which is free. There's even free upgrades.

Mr Stallman can talk about freedom not free beer but ultimately there's no tab at the bar and everyone's invited.

40 quid's not so much money and a good book like oreilly will explain it at your pace.

Bert
 
Old 12-16-2002, 01:48 PM   #22
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just ran it, I got
Timing buffer-cache reads: 128 MB in 0.64 seconds =201.04 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.90 seconds = 33.61 MB/sec

Is this OK ?
 
Old 12-16-2002, 02:46 PM   #23
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yes this is ok
about the same as i'm getting

i find that there is a very slight difference in speed between netscape7 on linux and IE6 on XP.
IE is only slightly faster but is prone to huge pop-up explosions which don't seem to happen as often with Linux. :-)
 
Old 12-16-2002, 03:10 PM   #24
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Bert is right about the book - but there's also a lot of great information free at the RH site:
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/

There's also a ton of information at the LDP:
http://www.tldp.org/

and Mandrake has very well-written documentation (don't know how much is Mandrake-specific, but it can't hurt):
http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/fdoc.php3

it's a bit overwhelming at first - but don't give up. Once you get it, you'll never go back

Last edited by Genesee; 12-16-2002 at 03:11 PM.
 
Old 12-17-2002, 01:32 AM   #25
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I cant rename "dos" to windows after an install then ?

Sure you can. Start a monopoly.
 
Old 12-17-2002, 03:30 PM   #26
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MatchStick, i'm not sure which book that was but you can get the Red Hat 8 Bible, which is a very good book, off of amazon.com for $35-40.
 
  


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