Tried searching for this but i couldn't see anything so apologies if this has already been answered.
Anywho, installed slackware 12.1 last night, built a new kernel as the huge one seemed to be really, really slow. As i was going through the options for the processor i noticed my processor wasn't listed (AMD Sempron 3000+) so i clicked on AMD Athlon/Duron(K7 iirc) and selected most things as modules.
After compiling it and rebooting to the new kernel it worked 2nd time round (yeah, i configured the filesystms as a module the first time *cough* ;p) but it still seemed pretty slow. I've got 1gb ram in there with the processor and a fairly fast HD (80gb WD IDE running ext3 FS) so was expecting a little bit more speed.
Basically, is there a different option i should be choosing for the processor?? since sempron isn't listed i thought going for the closest would be best, but am probably wrong about that. Also, i'm assuming that choosing modules for most kernel things i don't use is a good idea as they can be added later if needed, but does this slow the kernel down much??
Lastly, when i first set up linux, i set up a 5gb swap file, is this gonna be too big and should i have set up something more like 2-3gb?? i'm asking as i'll probably be adding some more memory to the PC soon as i should be getting some coming my way for free, so thought i'd pre-empt this.
Thanks for reading, btw