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Old 06-29-2005, 10:10 PM   #1
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Sluggish on 2.6 kernel

I have a Gateway 7400 server that I been trying to install Linux on.

Problem is, any distro I try to load onto it with a 2.6 kernel is incredibly slow to install - and then sluggish while running. It seems to get slower and slower until it is unusable.

If I install with a 2.4 kernel, it acts normally. I have Debian Sarge on it right now with 2.4. I am going to try upgrading to a 2.6 and see what happens...

Does anyone have an idea what is causing this behavior? Here's the specs on the server.



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Odd - second thread I've seen along these lines recently - see this thread.
No ideas I'm afraid, but might be worth keeping an eye on the other thread.

BTW, I run 2.6 on 4 different boxes without seeing this.
Old 06-30-2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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I just installed Debian Sarge with the netinst. disk using only the 'expert' option, not the 'expert26' option. The installation went smoothly, and I chose to install the 2.6.8 kernel halfway through at the designated prompt, to see what happened.

So far I've rebooted twice, and the speed seems fine. 2.6 is running, and no problems yet.

This is a bizzare problem however - it affected all distros I tried that booted to install with 2.6 by default.

I tried Suse 9.3, Fedora core 3, Mandrake 10.1, and Debian Sarge. All had some form of extremely slow performance.

As an example, on the Debian installer, booting with 2.6 - it took about 5 seconds just to draw the first selection box on the screen, the language selection one. It only got worse from there.

I have Etch running on my main workstation... 2.6.11, no problems.

I checked out that link syg - it sounds like this person is having some permutation of the same issue I am.

I'm going to keep trying to reproduce this problem...


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