LinuxQuestions.org
View the Most Wanted LQ Wiki articles.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Distributions > MEPIS
User Name
Password
MEPIS This forum is for the discussion of MEPIS Linux.

Notices

Reply
 
Search this Thread
Old 11-06-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
Alfie67
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Scotland
Distribution: suse 10.0, debian sarge
Posts: 20

Rep: Reputation: 0
Laptop - slow install and operation


I am trying to install MEPIS to a HP / Compaq nx6125 laptop. The good thing is that even as a live CD it has automatically switched the LED for the on board wifi on. The problem is that it is incredibly slow and very unresponsive. (10- 15 sec lag from hitting arrow key to highlight moving in KDE menu, 60 secs to open a console) I thought that this was due to running off the CD so I have tried to install. This has take easily 2 hours and still not complete.

I have tried Ubuntu and the standard live disk installer was also incredibly slow and eventually stalled. Managed with alternative disk but could not even get the wifi led to light up. Suse 10.0, 10.1, FC5, PCLinux, Gentoo 2006.1 all install ok but wifi problems are frustrating me

Can anyone suggest how to get Mepis to run at an appropriate speed (this is so painfully slow that it cannot be correct) I read somewhere that KAT may be draingin resources so I did

killall kat
Kat: no process killed
killall katdaemon
katdaemon: no process killed
killall kded
skips to new line - no message

No noticeable improvement
Also the fans runs constantly at full revs. Is there a way to get it to cool only when required?

thanks in advance

alfie67


AMD Turion64 ML-32
512 ram
80 G seagate HD
 
Old 11-08-2006, 03:24 AM   #2
b0uncer
Guru
 
Registered: Aug 2003
Distribution: CentOS, OS X
Posts: 5,131

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
killall kded
skips to new line - no message
no message means that process(es) called kded was killed.

Sounds more than odd, with those specs (Turion64, half a gig of ram), try
Code:
top
to see which processes consume most memory and/or cpu time. It could be because of a bad graphics card (or integrated), or something like that, but better make sure. I had problems with an Acer laptop before I found out Ubuntu didn't detect the correct display driver name, and once I switched that to the correct one (from the 'vesa'), it begun working slightly better (actually way better).
 
Old 11-08-2006, 05:17 PM   #3
mdmarmer
Member
 
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: dayton ohio
Distribution: Mepis
Posts: 54

Rep: Reputation: 15
These HP laptops are supposed to be "linux friendly" but they do sometimes have problems.

I think the ACPI is not correct -- get the latest BIOS from the HP site

Try a boot parameter -- you add these at the the end of the boot line on the GRUB boot panel, probably ends in vga=791 -- cursor will be there
try
noapic
noapic nolapic


http://wuestenleer.de/ku/
https://jonare.wordpress.com/2006/06...nx6125-laptop/
http://kastor.fobos.org.ar/hpnx6125/
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam/HPNX6125

If you still have trouble Kanotix or Kanotix-64 will probably work very well on this laptop

Post to http://www.mepislovers.com -- great forum
Use the wiki http://www.mepis.org/docs
 
Old 11-10-2006, 06:31 AM   #4
Alfie67
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Mar 2005
Location: Scotland
Distribution: suse 10.0, debian sarge
Posts: 20

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 0
kded is one of the highese CPU users in "top"

The really odd thing is that when first booted it seems to run at normal speed but it slows dow withing about 20 mins. At that point "top" is showing about 60 - 65% cpu usage with no user applications running. Ubuntu behaves in the same manner but Suse and FC5 don't - most strange.

I have installed FC5 currently (I am trying to settle on one distro that will work all either with the internal wifi or with the 3com card that I have spare) but I am still experimenting a bit.

I will check though the links and may give Kanotix a try

Thanks for your advice

alfie67
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Old slow laptop scales Linux - Newbie 13 05-20-2006 12:40 PM
can't install opera, invalid operation howarddevore Ubuntu 8 07-17-2005 09:22 PM
Laptop Too Slow? zgauthier Linux - Laptop and Netbook 13 01-08-2005 11:44 PM
My laptop is too slow for RH 9.0 dev8080 Linux - Newbie 12 10-13-2003 01:37 AM
RealPlayer Operation/Install marlaina1 Linux - Software 5 09-03-2003 12:26 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:34 AM.

Main Menu
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
identi.ca: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration