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My computer runs slow... It takes at least 10 or more seconds to load a application. I was told Linux is awsome at Multi Tasking.. Im Runnnig KDE 3.1 and RH9 i686
When ever I try to change the Display, meaning the size of screen/font things, It only has 2 different sizes that it does do.. The first one is Bigger than big which it has lines going down the screen. The other is Small and hard to see..
My Reso is at: 1400 x 1050 Depth: Millions
This might help to.
Montier Type: Sony CPD-20SF2
Horizontal Refresh Rate kHz: 30.0-65.0
Vertical Refresh Rate Hz: 50.0-120.0
DPI: 127 by 127 dpi
Video Card Type: SiS 360
Memory Size: Unknown...
well although you didn't tell what your machine is, which does matter if you want an "educated" answer, the first thing i can see that is causing slow downs regardless if you even have a 2ghz machine is these couple of things:
your crap video card
and kde 3.1
First off, your video card should have little to do with the amount of time it takes for an application to load. What type of apps are you trying to load? What type of system do you have (better yet, what is your cpu speed and amount of RAM?). I am personally running a 2200XP w/ 512meg RAM, and I think some apps take a few to start up (like open office).
When your PC boots up it should show the speed of the CPU, check and see what it is. I would guess you could use an overhaul/upgrade of your system to improve it. Somethings you could check before buying stuff would be to check your bios and make sure everything is set correctly. Check your bus speed, and your CPU clocking to make sure it is running at the best it can.
linux IS excellent at multitasking, meaning effectively managing and processing a number of tasks at once....
you are looking more at "responsiveness" and quite frankly, comparing apples and oranges. like a v8 engine is to a four banger, linux is "heavier" than windows, bug has more net net, overall power and efficiency.
a tip.. pre-emptive kernel? wouldnt that aid in responsiveness.. as said above, your video card probably has little to no effect on load times... KDE is sluggish in general with low specs. RH9 also may have lots of unneeded services hoggin your RAM. I assume your quite new to linux, and if that is the case, learn some more on system configuration. It will help alot and then you will see the power. Good Luck
Well I'm on a 1ghz Duron. Not much beyond what you're running on. I have more RAM though (320MB). I find programs take a conciderably long time to start. However I'm running KDE aswell. Have people noticed a conciderable performance difference between KDE and Gnome? I don't like any of the other desktops - too unusual or far-fetched.