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Old 03-09-2004, 05:37 PM   #1
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I am using RH 9
It's performance has become erratic and slow.
I have scanned for viruses, nothing.
So I am considering reintalling the OS
(something I thought I left behind when leaving Windows)

The question is, do i reinstall RH 9, move to fedora, or another distribution?
Ease of installation and configuration is important.
I realize that this is in part a religious issue, but still would like advice,
Thanks.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 05:48 PM   #2
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From only 10 months experience with *nix, versus the same number
of years with Windoze, I'd say "find and fix the problem" rather than
reinstalling or changing distros. If you have all your hardware detected
and working properly, you're ahead of most folks who've just started.
While I tried RH at first, then Debian and settled with Slackware, you'll
have to decide these things for yourself.

My main concern with RH was performance, and the problem was that
too many services were running by default. When I tried to shut down
the ones "I didn't think I needed," it hosed my system. What you'll
need to do is determine which services you need running, and then
which other services are affected by them, and disable the ones which
you don't need for what you want to do with your computer. You can
search LQ, or read the RH documentation, to learn which services
depend upon each other. The docs are quite esoteric, but there should
be some useful information in the RH Forum here at LQ.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 06:56 PM   #3
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this is beyond slow...netscape/mozilla crashes everytime, even after reinstalling it. Evolution crashes, Konqueror crashes.
 
Old 03-09-2004, 07:27 PM   #4
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to tell you the truth, this sounds like a hardware issue, like bad memory, or possibly your swap partition. Large programs use more memory, so before changing anything check you have enough memery and that it is all good
 
Old 03-09-2004, 08:16 PM   #5
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alcattle, that's not a bad idea, i was thnking i was due for some more memory anyway.
what is that I need to do or check with the swap partition?
 
Old 03-09-2004, 08:27 PM   #6
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From a terminal type df -h
df reports the amount of disk space used and available on filesystems
and the h switch is for human readable

post the output here

Edit: Sorry, wrong instructions.

Type fdisk -l (lower case L) for the proper output.

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Old 03-10-2004, 06:11 PM   #7
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# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7297 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 14 7134 57199432+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 7135 7297 1309297+ 82 Linux swap

Disk /dev/hdb: 13.6 GB, 13601193984 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1653 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 1 1653 13277691 c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
 
Old 03-10-2004, 07:26 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally posted by allelopath
# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
/dev/hda3 7135 7297 1309297+ 82 Linux swap
Since you have a 1GB swap partition, that's not your problem. And if you
followed normal convention and instructions when installing, you made
the swap partition 2 times your physical RAM, which means you have
512MB. If so, memory's not the problem.

You've not provided enough information concerning your crashes, so
there's probably no way someone can help you further.
 
Old 03-11-2004, 04:05 PM   #9
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well, i bought RAM anyway.
i now have 1 gb of DDR memory
how do i set the swap partition to 2 gb?
 
Old 03-11-2004, 04:22 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally posted by allelopath
well, i bought RAM anyway.
i now have 1 gb of DDR memory
how do i set the swap partition to 2 gb?
From what the "old pros say," that's useless. Use cfdisk, but
you'll have to take from another partition to add to swap.
This comp has 1GB of PC2700 and a 2GB swap partition, but
I made it before they told me over 512MB isn't needed.

Look at my partitions:
Code:
root@peter:Fri Mar 12 05:09:34/home/mingdao# fdisk -l /dev/hda /dev/hdb

Disk /dev/hda: 61.4 GB, 61492838400 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7476 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1         383     3076416    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2             384        7476    56974522+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5             384        3571    25607578+   b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hda6            3572        3583       96358+  83  Linux
/dev/hda7            3584        3826     1951866   82  Linux swap  <-- 2GB swap
/dev/hda8            3827        3948      979933+  83  Linux
/dev/hda9            3949        6744    22458838+  83  Linux
/dev/hda10           6745        7352     4883728+  83  Linux
/dev/hda11           7353        7476      995998+  83  Linux

Disk /dev/hdb: 61.4 GB, 61492838400 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7476 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdb1               1         765     6144831    b  W95 FAT32
/dev/hdb2             766        6353    44885610    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdb5             766        2528    14161266   83  Linux
/dev/hdb6            2529        6353    30724281    b  W95 FAT32
and let me list for you what I currently have open - with no performance problems:
Mozilla Firefox - with 11 tabs
Shell konsole
KMail - checking mail every 1 minute
XMMS - playing MP3's continously
gFTP - downloading around 3GB of data from Germany
Adobe Acrobat 5.0.8 for Linux - with a 876pp document open
Konqueror - with an image open and browsing a directory
Kwrite - four different documents open
and whatever else is happening in the background.

Hey, this Slack box isn't like the Windoze junk I'm used to. You can't
even tell the box is running, it's so smooth! Linux really excels at
multi-tasking.

So change your swap, and if you still encounter the same issues,
the problem is not the size of your swap partition.
 
Old 03-11-2004, 04:24 PM   #11
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Quote:
Originally posted by allelopath
this is beyond slow...netscape/mozilla crashes everytime, even after reinstalling it. Evolution crashes, Konqueror crashes.
Could you post something specific about your crashes, like some
output from dmesg or something?
 
  


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