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maldini1010 03-06-2005 12:10 PM

Installing Linux on second Hard Disc

I have two 80 gig hard disk. I have Windows on my primary hard disk. And have just re-installed Fedora 3 on the second hard disk. I have noticed that my linux is working take a long time to enable the swap(at boot) and my application such as opening a terminal is ridiculously slow.

Is this related with the fact that i'm on the second hard disk?


fancypiper 03-06-2005 11:51 PM

No, it shouldn't be related to that.

How much memory and swap space do you have?

Some handy commands:
# Memory and swap information
cat /proc/meminfo
An article: Tips for Optimizing Linux Memory
# How are the hard drives partitioned
fdisk -l
# How much free/used drive space
df -h

maldini1010 03-11-2005 10:30 PM


This is the information I got form the command cat /proc/meminfo
MemTotal: 1034604 kB
MemFree: 666172 kB
Buffers: 30128 kB
Cached: 207512 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 175916 kB
Inactive: 152340 kB
HighTotal: 130752 kB
HighFree: 140 kB
LowTotal: 903852 kB
LowFree: 666032 kB
SwapTotal: 2031608 kB
SwapFree: 2031608 kB
Dirty: 36 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
Mapped: 129604 kB
Slab: 27468 kB
CommitLimit: 2548908 kB
Committed_AS: 319972 kB
PageTables: 3392 kB
VmallocTotal: 114680 kB
VmallocUsed: 4332 kB
VmallocChunk: 110248 kB
HugePages_Total: 0
HugePages_Free: 0
Hugepagesize: 2048 kB

are you able to tell me if the problem is here. It took me 7 minutes to boot of linux,,, it stalls at the enable swap,, then when it run it take alot of time to open a simple konsole,


J.W. 03-12-2005 12:28 AM

Please list more details about your machine, particularly the CPU. Regarding Linux being on drive 2, No, that will not have any impact on performance. -- J.W.

vharishankar 03-12-2005 12:48 AM

Maybe the drivers in Linux are not using DMA mode specifically for your chipset.

Post your motherboard information here along with the chipset it uses (NForce, Via or whatever).

Also are you getting any warnings at bootup about DMA not being enabled? If yes to this question then you should have DMA selected in the kernel configuration and the appropriate drivers for your chipset enabled and recompile the kernel :( Sorry for not providing a simpler solution.

maldini1010 03-12-2005 02:25 AM

Hi guys,

1) I reinstalled linux on my first hard disk, and I am still having this problem,

2) My mother board is an Asus p4p800- e deluxe with intel 865 p3 chipset

3) My cpu is an intel pentium 4, 3 GHz prescott HT

4)I am really having a hard time debuging my problem, but i have some interesting information which you guys might understand, when ever i deactivate my network all of the konsoles start pop-in up at the speed of light.. and all starts working fine. I start the network with Activate from the network configuration and back to the slow konsoles


vharishankar 03-12-2005 03:29 AM

Edit your /etc/hosts file and give a hostname for your IP address.

This is quite a common problem when network settings are misconfigured.

Also are you using DHCP? If you are not using DHCP to resolve IP addresses, then you must turn it off in your network configuration.

maldini1010 03-12-2005 10:56 AM

Yes, I am using DHCP, So how do I exactly change my /etc/host ? All there is in this file

# Do not remove the following line, or vaarious programs
# that require network functionality will fail. localhost.localdomain localhost

What should I add

pingu 03-14-2005 02:38 AM

If you use DHCP you don't need to edit /etc/hosts.
You use DHCP - do you actually get an IP? Activate network and check output of
# ifconfig eth0
should give you something like:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:30:05:39:80:5A
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
inet6 addr: fe80::230:5ff:fe39:805a/64 Scope:Link
RX packets:3162 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:2192 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:2331249 (2.2 MiB) TX bytes:298551 (291.5 KiB)
Check that "inet addr:" it should be a valid IP, if not there's a problem contacting DHCP-server. Is this a home-computer? I mean, you do have a DHCP-server on your network?
If not, you will have to set a static IP manually, and edit /etc/hosts: My computer is edgar, I call my domain so I add the line: edgar

omersalah444 03-14-2005 04:30 AM

i can't install suse on intel 865
i tried alot put i can't

omersalah444 03-14-2005 04:32 AM

i need help
i can't install suse linux on intel 865

popm 03-14-2005 03:03 PM

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