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via apollo pro chipset
via apollo onboard sound
geforce 2 mx 32mb ram
slackware 10 (kde)
i have disabled all the animations, effects , etc .
sometimes when i do a simple thing such as change window view it takes way too long, sometimes the window freezes.
mozilla feels very slow and sluggish, and just now it almost froze and all i was doing was typing in this thread.
do i have to get chipset drivers or something? ive looked on the via site but they have none.
i thought slackware was spose to be fast and stable, this is feeling slower then when i had this system running under xp.
also, i disabled the system sounds in desktop settings wizard or something but they are still here. and how do i make a folder keep its view.
eg, everytime i open up my home dir it reverts back to tile view and i have to select tree everytime.
and sound cracks/pops every now and then even if nothing is using the sound. getting stupid now, everytime i set icons to tree view, the window locks up. just started doing it now, must be some conflict with the icon theme i just changed to.
What kernel are you using ? I found on my server (same VIA chipset) that some kernels 2.4.26 and earlier were not performing very well on that chipset, specially the disc performance was very poor. I resolved it by installing a 2.4.27 kernel. This could be the case on your machine as well.
The latest stable 2.4 . Right now that is 2.4.27 , but there is no Slackware package. So you'll have to compile it from scratch. But do some testing before jumping to conclusions, you could do some brief testing using hdparm -tT /dev/hd[a-d] .
i agree with WMB. download/install the nvidia graphics drivers...it makes a big difference. I wouldnt go crazy recompiling kernels, you shouldnt have to do that. Also check out what processes you have running. If you did a complete install with slackware there is a chance you have things running that you dont need. If thats the case start removing the execute permission in the /etc/rc.d/rc.* scripts (the ones you dont need to startup).
Whenever my system runs sluggish (not often) the first thing I do is run top to see if there is any process hogging CPU. Actually, I have gkrellm running so I can catch it without running top. My personal experience with nvidia is that 2d performance is no different with either driver. 2.4.26 vs 2.4.27 was a wash as well. Of course, my hardware is different.