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Old 04-15-2003, 01:35 PM   #1
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How to improve Linux redhat 9.0 system stability?


I have installed Redhat 9.0 from cd's and also installed nvidia drivers this latest release:driver 1.0-4349. And it seems to works so far. However I have not done any AGP tweaks so far. Maybe later.

Anyway this is the first Redhat which installs well and do not give too many alarms that something is wrong. My system is pretty new.

But I am not satisfied with overal system stability. Windows 2000 is MUCH more stable than this RH 9.0. Something is wrong...but what? Redhat IS better thatn W2K...I believe this, but I need some advice now...please help.

And my system, please comment it. And please bear in mind that when I was bying it I had no redhat in my mind at all...its for windows system:

1. Pentium 4 1.7 GHz

2. 1 Gigabyte of DDR ram, I do not remember the brand, maybe buffalo.

3. PNY 550 XGL Quadro 4 workstation card. BTW, Linux Redhat does have an open source driver nowdays for this model also. So it should be qualified.

4. MSI Microstar 845 E Max (ver 1) motherboard. It has Intel 845 E chipset in it as the name says. It has AC'97 integrated Intel 810 soundcard, works well - Linux has drivers for it. It has also 6 Intel based USB ports which are regognized well. Three years warranty, should be good motherboard AND IT IS !!! :-) Bios is updated however there was no real need for it. Booting has never failed, this is my best and most reliable motherboard so far with Windows 2000...but is it good for Linux...well, thats the question. :-)

So what to do?

1. I could update it. ( I do not have internet at home). So I downloaded all the update stuff from nvidia at work. Most of the files are not needed but when I tried to install Glibc rpm updates I got "segmentation fault" error and my system decided to not to run anymore. No wonder this is critical part of the Linux and once installation failed the whole installation was destroyed. I couldnt uninstall said " segmentation fault" and thats it. Impossible to fix for me...reinstallation. Shit...why I didnt
use $ --test option first. :-)

Later I tried to compile the glibc.src.rpm files but while compiling the gcc says: this update is buggy...please contact bugzilla. Later the gcc locks up my system and I need to push reset button Are there some tricks I should know when recompiling glibc library.

I think $ rpmbuild --rebuild glibc*

Should be enough...then just install them with:

$ rpm -ivh glibc* or
$ rpm -U -v * glibc*

Do I need to do some more like when I compile the kernel...which has many phases? What I need to do after the :$ rpm -ivh glibc*

2. I could compile and upgrade a new kernel. This is very, very difficult to do but if you guys think that it helps I am ready for it.
But how to find which updates it needs with it? If the new kernel needs this glibc then there is no sense to upgrade kernel...because new glibc seems to be alarmingly buggy. BUT I could compile my existing kernel for i686.

3. I do not know what gcc compiler actually makes while it compiles the source updates, except:

1. It magically solves dependency problems, after compiling many updates install smoothly compared to ready made rpms.
2. It fine tunes your update package for your hardware.
3. It compiles the program for your OS settings and libraries. So it makes the program run much more smoothly than installing directly from rpm's

4 So...if that is so... maybe I could compile ALL the Linux installation. All three source CD packages...and make a new set of bootable CD rom's which will install a rock solid Linux specially tailored for my system. Please advice how to do this...I

5. BIOS settings - what are the optimal bios settings for Linux. I have no clue...please tell me some tutorial I have not find from net.

Yes...please help.


Last edited by Tommi; 04-15-2003 at 01:50 PM.
Old 04-15-2003, 02:58 PM   #2
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Maybe I missed it, but I don't see in your post where you describe the instability of Redhat 9. You mention using nvidia drivers, which I also use on one machine. That machine has itermitant problems where it will flicker and reboot/logout of X/hang. I can't prove this, but I believe it is an issue with the nvidia driver.

Are these the types of problems that you are having? If you want stability, look to nvidia and their driver for the answer. Se the following link for more information on nvidia and linux:
Old 04-15-2003, 03:21 PM   #3
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The system locked up when I compiled glibc library. Totally freezed. This has never happened to me with windows 2000. I bet this will happen without console mode. Yes, I will test this. That will tell more...when I know.

Furthermore when I installed KDE and GNOME togeather some programs didn't start at all in Gnome. The same programs started in KDE...but not in Gnome. In redhat 7.2 and 7.3 this was not a problem. Also the open office is buggy.. it just does not start programs when I push buttons.

However when I reinstalled the RH 9.0 and left out the open office and KDE and plenty of program options it started to work much better. But hey...I would like to use openoffice and KDE sometimes. l really need to some paper work with open office.

So...maybe I need to compile office and install it with hardway?

Redhat 9.0 rocks, it looks fine. I wouldnt like go to mandrake.

I also need Nvidia drivers. I need to do CAD work. I really cannot use the open source nvidia drivers but nvidias drivers. Maya must run really smoothly and other cad programs too. Otherwise Linux redhat is useless to me. And IRIT and blender...all of them need to work properly.

I think I have noticed the bugs with and without nvidia drivers.

Old 04-16-2003, 06:20 AM   #4
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You were perfectly right!!! The reason WAS nvidia driver!

I checked the readme and found myself from there:

I needed to switch from Linux AGP to Nvidia AGP.

What happened?

Now the gcc CAN compile the glibc library for couldnt do it with unproper AGP settings!!! And this notice that the glibc is buggy is wrong...I just had not configured the nvidia driver properly, thats all.

MANY THANKS!!! You helped a lot!!! :-)



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