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Have recently installed Suse Linux 9.2 professional on a 233 MHZ Pentium PC with 4.3 GB HD and 198MB RAM, which was previously running with WIN95. It now runs only with Linux. The installation went well and all the programs run (including all the drives, the internet, etc). However, the computer is now incredibly slow. It takes 8.5 minutes to boot. Starting any program takes very long time. Most surprisingly, even browsing the web is painstakingly slow (I have a cable connection with 100 Mbps and browse with other XP computers quite fast). Is there anything I am doing wrong. Is 233MHz to slow for Linux 9.2?
233 MHz is too slow for 9.2, you might be ok with an earlier version, but 9.2 needs a bit more horsepower to run well. It would be like wanting Windows XP to run well on a dual-3.0 GHz machine with 2 GB of RAM - it just needs more to run fast.
I have 9.1 running on my 500MHz spare box with 512 MB RAM and it runs nicely. The machine I'm on now is an Athlon 2500+ w/ 1GB RAM and it's screaming fast.
Unless you do without a gui entirely and stay in console, a 233 mhz pc will be to underpowered to do anything. Did you actually expect it to be fast? I guarentee xp won't run well or at all on the same machine.
you might try slack or yoper (i have yoper running on an old 1.5ghz machine and it screams). but do yourself a favor...
install ONLY what you need!
try manually selecting what to install. for instance, if you want it to be a web surfing station, install a light desktop, networking tools, and a browser. hope this is not over simplified, but it may be tolerable on the 266.
wish i had it here to mess with . might be cheaper to spend $50.00 and get an AMD 1.5ghz/mobo combination and move the rest of your hardware over
Thanks for all the comments. I am currently running the K desktop Environment KDE 3.3.0. To evaluate the program on a faster machine I will now try installing Suse 9.2 - Dual boot with XP- in my Sony VAIO 2.4 GHz and 1GB RAM. Is the process completely reversible? i.e., after partitioning the HD and formating it for Linux, if I were to decide to return to the current XP-only configuration, would I have any problems?
To reverse it you would have to format the linux partition and pop in the windows xp cd, and run the command line program and type FIXMBR or FIXPART or something like this. Thats to erase grum or lilo boot loaders and return xp's boot loader. There may be a cleaner more elegant way of reverting back to windows that I'm unaware of, this is the way I did it in the past
boot from knoppix and delete the linux partitions. (the ones without ntfs file systems).
to do this open a console and type
instructions are pretty clear as to what commands to use from here.
insert xp cd into comp and reboot
xp should promt "replace master boot record (MBR)
reboot in SAFEMODE. to do this go to :
check box for safemode
click apply and close.
type "diskpart.exe" without the quotes.
"list volume" (displays existing volumes)
"select volume 1"(or whatever volume you need to extend)
note that diskpart will only EXTEND A VOLUME it is not a full partitioner. but it will allow windows to "see" the previously deleted partition.
go back to msconfig and remove check from safeboot
when you install linux, you might try making a small partition (100mb should be sufficient, i boot several OS's and only use about 25mb) at the beginning or end of your hd for the /boot partition.
then you can use grub as your boot loader regardless of what OS you are using (most distro's identify windows partitions during install, and place an entry in Grub, so you can boot that OS directly from your Grub boot menu.
as you make changes to different OS's, you can continue using grub as your boot loader. note that you may have to reinstall grub after any windows installs. windows thinks it is the only OS that exists ;-) (or wishes it was so) .
I have now tried installing the Suse Linux 9.2 on a PCV-RX860 Sony vaio with 2.4GHz Pentium 4, 1.5GB DDR RAM and 80GB HD (NTFS format) and with Windows XP. It is working partially, and what works runs well and fast. Here is my first problem:
Originally I had a C: (30 GB) and D: (45 GB) windows partitions and in addition I had a USB Storix HD with 27.9 (FAT). (When disconnecting the FAT HD, the installation would hang and not run, when connecting the FAT USB HD, the installation program run successfully). I did not understand why but that did not stop me. The suggested partition for Linux was: Windows C; drive (30 GB) untouched, Windows D: drive partition as follows: 20.1 GB NTFS; 24.1GB Linux Reiser and 1 GB Linux Swap. This was reasonable to me. My current Windows load on D: was 9 GB. Following the instructions, I deactivated the Virtual memory (0 MB allocation), defragmented both the C: and D: partitions, run the Suse installation and accepted the suggested partition (as above).
Presently, within Linux I can access the C: Windows partition and the Linux partition. I cannot access neither the 20.1 NTFS from D: or the 27.9 FAT from the USB HD. When running Windows XP, I can access the C: NTFS partition and the USB FAT HD, but the D: partition is not available. Selecting properties shows that the disk is full. Double clicking on the disks results in a prompt for re-initializing the disk.
Would you please let me know what went wrong and how can I regain access to these?
I realize there is a large volume of info in this and other sites regarding the mounting of windows partitions. I have follow them and do not work. I got a message dueing boot up that says ' mount point ntfs does not exist. Is there a way to save the booting file. I would like to share it with whomever would like to help. Also, when mounting the drives manually, using mount -a, I receive the same message for each of the drives: " mount point ntfs does not exist"; "mount point vfat does not exist".
My main concern, off curse, is that I no longer see the D partition in Windows. I did not find anyone else reporting this problem. Is there somethin I should do for windows to recognize the 20.1 GB ntfs that should be still available in D: (originally a 45.2 GB HD)?
Originally posted by Kachaturian I got a message dueing boot up that says ' mount point ntfs does not exist. Is there a way to save the booting file. I would like to share it with whomever would like to help.
Also, when mounting the drives manually, using mount -a, I receive the same message for each of the drives: " mount point ntfs does not exist"; "mount point vfat does not exist".
I assume you mean the boot log. Yeah, it's still around after you boot. It's located at /var/log/boot.msg . The easiest way to get it for many is to open YaST and go the "Misc" section. You can also look in the system log at /var/log/messages for problems.
I take it that you told YaST to set up the partitions to mount at ntfs and vfat? It sounds as if it never actually made the directories that you are asking it to mount to. Check out your /etc/fstab to double check exactly where the drives are to be mounted. If the directories are missing, you can create them with the "mkdir" command. If you are still having trouble, you may want to post your /etc/fstab file.
The usb is usually treated as a scsi interface. The device is probably called /dev/sda1 (for first partition).
Originally posted by Kachaturian My main concern, off curse, is that I no longer see the D partition in Windows. I did not find anyone else reporting this problem. Is there somethin I should do for windows to recognize the 20.1 GB ntfs that should be still available in D: (originally a 45.2 GB HD)?
Yeah, I'd be concerned too. Microsoft has not released the full NTFS specification, which means that other programmers not using Windows need to guess at how it works. That is why it is generally not recommended to write to an ntfs partition using linux. I have heard of many people having great success in splitting a partition during linux installs. You may have simply been unfortunate.
I'd find a way to run chkdsk for it in Windows. I don't have a high opinion of MS-chkdsk, but they are the ones who know NTFS. You should probably start by going to the control panel-> administrative tools-> computer management-> disk management. See what it has to say about your partition. Does it identify it as healthy? Does it even recognize it as NTFS? If you can right click on the square and hit properties it may let you run chkdsk from there (in tools). Disk management is also where you go to manage drive letters.
If all else fails (I hate to say it), you may wind up formating the partition.