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1.4GHz processor and 512MB RAM is enough for KDE and GNOME...They shoud work smootly... There must be other problems. First thing: go to nvidia web site and install their drivers. There's a documentation file which says what to do and how to install. In short, you need to files: NVIDIA_kernel and NVIDIA_GLX (you can download the RPM format, make sure you download for the right version of Mandrake or Redhat, the one you use). Then you need to install the kernel one first (rpm -i packagename) and then the GLX one. When they're installed, open /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 and modify it as NVIDIA document say (it's easy) and test if it works. Look if it helps. If not, run
and poste their results here.
duh! never thought to update video drivers. I messed with network/host settings thinking my host names or routes were messed up. I fooled with hdparm stuff thinking my HD were bogging down the system. I'll give the VDrv's a shot and post the info if it doesn't work!
Originally posted by adam_boz There could be a lot of programs running in the background that you don't use. This is due to the flexability of linux, and it's ability to pretty much anything you want.
What installation options did you choose? Did you pick "everything"?
do a "ps -A" and see what is going on back there ( and post it so people can help you get rid of some of it.... if you want to put the output of it into a file, do this "ps -A > ps.txt")
fixing this will also lower your boot-up time. You won't need all of those daemons and extra programs to start up.
The reason why some programs open slower in Linux than in Windows is becuase linux doesnt always have the windows running in the background waiting to be used. Windows does. If you look in your task manager in Windows you will see explorer.exe always running.
I find the same thing, some windows in linux open slower than in Wwindows, but I laso find that once they are open they run faster in linux. IF all apps in linux used the same windows as the defualt an were preloaded it would be just as fast to open first time.
Last edited by ThorsHammer; 11-07-2002 at 07:13 PM.
that may be, but the average windows doesn't do as much as linux, so if all of the programs are running in the background, linux will have much more running.... probably why they don't implement what you are talking about, how are the deveopers supposed to know what the user is going to want to pop up fast and what they won't mind having to pull off the hard drive when they start it?
To make my previous point more clear, here's an example of when using "ps -A" to find and remove background jobs sped up my system:
for the brief period of time that I was running redhat, every 5 minutes or so the disk usage would go way up and the applications would take forever to start. I found out that "updatedb" was running as a cron job for some lame reason, which really really slowed down the system.
So even though a program like mozilla isn't running in the background all the time, it still shouldn't take 30 seconds to load, if it does, then you need to slim down what IS running in the background.
OK. I did my job. Disregard about the video drivers. I searched forums and read and read and read...
Yeah, I'll give the old kernel compile nividia stuff a try myself.
Has anybody had a looksie at the ps -aux listing yet?
I just chose typical desktop and the installer chose.
I got the sources for the Nvidia glx and kernel, searched this forum and sucessfuly got the driver installed. The graphics do seem pepier, but still the UI seems to be click and wait. I did some reading and it was suggested that it's because linux loads the program and libs when run and unloads them when quit. Unlike winblowse, which loads and keeps a lot of libs and dll's in memory. Any bases for this?
Again, a big, MEGA thanks for all the help!!!!!!!!!!
Yes for IE Windows does cache the browser in memory. I do not believe this to be the case for anything else.
Could you bring up a root shell and try running "hdparm -Tt /dev/hda" or if your harddrive is not hda then replace it with the appropriate value. If your harddrive is not using DMA then drive access will be a bit slow and may be contributing to the lack of responsiveness.