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Old 09-25-2004, 02:24 PM   #1
hasanito
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Exclamation Performance issues with debian post installation


G'day,
I've finally managed to install and even start xserver on my first ever linux box (Debian 3.0)... However, now I got some serioius performance problems. Here is the specs of my hardware:
Celeron 333 / 384MB sdram / GeForce MX400 video card with 64MB ram/ 3x6.4GB ata33 hdd

1 - The system is veeeerrry slow at gui (Gnome and xfce4). Even switching between two apps takes minute+ and hdd is constantly working away and the re-drawing of the items is a pain to even watch.... I've tried some hdparam settings with -x66 -c1 etc but no difference. What is the best way to increase the performance? My WinXP on the same machine was more dynamic and fast!! :-(

2 - Since I've got three hdd (3x6.4gb but no raid unfortunately!), what is the best way to partition/use these as a sole linux box? Assuming this would effect the performance as well

3 - I've got a MS ps/2 mouse with wheel. However, I can't seem to use the wheel. I've used the /psaux for mouse settings and any other settings ddidn't seem to work. How can I get the wheel working?

4 - IT WAS SOOO ANNOYING when I tried to quit the xserver so I can log into the Dos like shell... the x-server just didn't let me.... How can I switch back to the shell only while inside Gnome? I've tried cntrl+alt+back space, x serve just came back everytime...

cheers
 
Old 09-25-2004, 02:47 PM   #2
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-Addendum to original posting questions-

Ok... I've just started reading the thread:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=224547
which seems quite usefull. That should answer most of the questions I had... however what remains is:

1 - how can I kill the xserver and go back to shell prompt. I've got gnome installed and it just wont let me even though I tried alt-cntrl-backspace

2 - how to use mouse wheel...

any info appreciated...

cheers
 
Old 09-25-2004, 02:51 PM   #3
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Download the Sarge installer "netinst CD image": http://www.debian.org/devel/debian-installer/

Boot the installer with "linux26" and select ReiserFS for filesystem.

These things should speed up Debian considerably.
 
Old 09-25-2004, 03:21 PM   #4
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Re: Performance issues with debian post installation

Quote:
Originally posted by hasanito
3 - I've got a MS ps/2 mouse with wheel. However, I can't seem to use the wheel. I've used the /psaux for mouse settings and any other settings ddidn't seem to work. How can I get the wheel working?
su
pico /etc/X11/XF86Config-4
and change:
Code:
Option          "Protocol"              "PS/2"
(or something similar)
to:
Code:
Option          "Protocol"              "ImPS/2"
to fix stupid xdm starting xserver over and over again, just "apt-get install gdm" gdm doesnt log back to X for me
 
Old 09-25-2004, 11:21 PM   #5
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to get a console:

ctrl+alt+F5

to go back:

ctrl+alt+F7
 
Old 09-26-2004, 09:44 AM   #6
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Re: Re: Performance issues with debian post installation

Quote:
Originally posted by JaakRandmets
to fix stupid xdm starting xserver over and over again, just "apt-get install gdm" gdm doesnt log back to X for me
my bad, simply:
killall xdm (depends on what display manager you have, gnome has gdm, kde has kdm), and your out of X
 
  


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