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Old 06-21-2002, 12:02 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2002
Location: Wales, UK
Distribution: Gentoo 2005.1
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speed computer up!

How can I speed my computer up because sometimes when I am just surfing the net it slows down.

My computer is too bad and shouldnt lag this much.

I have:

AMD k6-2 500mhz
384mb ram
20gb hdd
16mb ati rage 128

I know there are some services runnin that I dont need but how do i get rid of them?
Old 06-21-2002, 01:49 PM   #2
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Your system apears to have pretty decent configuration. I am runnning Suse 8 on three PC one of which is a P3 500, 256MB ram and things look okay on the machine.

If you are experiencing slowdown I can suggest somethings:
1. Use "top" or "gtop" or "kpm" to see what processes are running and what is taking more system resources.

2. Open yast2 control center -> system ->runlevel properties. See if there are any processes that starts at boot that you do not need. There may be daemons running that you may never use, so disable these. Also reduce the number of vtys by editing /etc/inittab. default is 6, make it something like 2 if you work on X windows most of the time. It wills save some resource.

3. See if you have hard drive dma enabled. Suse has it on by default. This makes a big difference in a systems performance. You can use /sbin/hdparm to check and set this. Please read the hdparm man page carefully before doing anything. Some options here can be dangerous.

4. What desktop do you use ? On older systems KDE3 may be a little slower. Try something like fluxbox or blackbox they are very light and fast.

5. Now to you browser. If yoy thing the system performance becomes sluggish using browser A, then try using browser B. Try "links" it is lightweight and fast.

Best of luck.

- Manas
Old 06-21-2002, 05:41 PM   #3
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Bloody hell, u know some stuff!
Thanx mate my computer is goin alot faster after I took some deamons out also my hdd is dma compatible but it wasent knocked on for some reason.



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