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Old 02-14-2005, 12:29 PM   #1
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Another slow machine issue...


I have been reading a lot of the post on this and many of them say configure the hardware or do this or that...my problem is I do not know how to do any of the suggestions. I just installed FC2 on a p3 733mhz pc with 192meg of memory. It seems slow, takes 15 seconds or so to bring up any thing I click on (mozilla, terminal, control center, etc) I have tried running both gnome and kde and both seem to be the same. Do I need more memory, or do I need to configure something. Any help is always GREATLY appreciated!!!
 
Old 02-14-2005, 12:41 PM   #2
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hi there

go to system settings--server settings-->services

turn off the services u do not require
especialy that NFS services, they are very heavy

also what FS are u using?

did u try reiserfs??

a kernel compile willl be good idea tough a little tough

also try slackware if u can, the best distro i have tried

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Old 02-14-2005, 12:41 PM   #3
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Well, one thing is you are using a desktop manager (Gnome, Kde) which will swallow up a good amount of memory. First thing is, disable any processes that you do not need. If that still doesn't help out much for you (which probably isn't enough) you just need more RAM. However, if you are doing everything from CLI, then 192 megs is enough.

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Old 02-14-2005, 12:50 PM   #4
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On the above note, you could try a more lightweight desktop. Gnome and kde offer complete environments and are bulky. Afterstep, fluxbox, enlightenment will be faster but you might find them harder to work in unless you are command line savvy.
 
Old 02-14-2005, 12:53 PM   #5
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yes changing the window manger or desktop will help

but i have seen encouragiung results on a mahcine running slack and fedora and i find slack really good

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Old 02-14-2005, 01:12 PM   #6
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I prefer to keep with fedora for now. This is my first time using linux and am taking an intro course at the local college and then plan to mode on to their sys admin and advanced admin classes (I currently do pc support for windows based systems - I know please dont throw things at me). The courses at the college use fedora and especially the kde desktop from what I have seen. I have set this machine up to help gain more experience with linux and to help me with the courses I am taking. I may look into slackware down the road, or install it on an old laptop I have. I may just purchase some extra ram for it, I have to double check what is in it now, but I think I found some memory on sale at compusa for 24.99 (256mb) so I may just add that in either way.

What I do not understand is what services to disable? I want to work on connecting the windows and linux machines together and use telnet/ftp into the linux machine. I just do not know which services I need and do not need?

I do not know which FS I am using either.

What does reiserfs do?
 
Old 02-14-2005, 01:41 PM   #7
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reiserfs is a better Fileystem ,as i have found it is better than ext3

also post the O/P of

chkconfig --list

this will give u list of servcies
and we will see whch services to disable

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Old 02-15-2005, 05:27 PM   #8
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I got a command not found when trying to run chkconfig. NFS was unchecked when I went into services, but nfslock was checked. There were a bunch of others checked but I do not know what they are for.
 
Old 02-15-2005, 05:40 PM   #9
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Being FC Distro you probalby tried using the chkconfig command as a user and not as root. chkconfig is in the /sbin subdirectory and is usually not part of a default users path. Most commands in /sbin require root priveleges to use. In the terminal I would type ' su - ' and then enter root's password. This will change you as a default user to root with root's enviroment setup in that terminal. You should be able to run the command now. When done type ' exit ' to go back to your default user account.

For more info on many of the services one can type ' man (name of the service) '. Example ' man nfs ' Many commands have man pages that can contain lots of info though can be very confusing to the begnner to understand. But will come to you over time.

Also one can search the net on the services for more help.

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Old 02-15-2005, 09:05 PM   #10
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these are the service that i have on

gpm
xfs
messagebus
acpid
kudzu
mdmpd
microcode_ctl
readahead_early
iptables
rawdevices
autofs
network
shorewall
random
smartd
syslog
xinetd
irqbalance
readahead
portmap


i think i need these to run my mahcine with network,internet and some other things

regards
 
Old 02-16-2005, 07:44 AM   #11
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As far as memory goes (stopping by compusa today) will another 128meg make a difference? Again I have 192 in there now.
 
Old 02-16-2005, 08:24 AM   #12
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thta will surely make a difference
but closing those sevices and if u can use a custom kernel that will make more difference

regards
 
Old 02-16-2005, 09:11 AM   #13
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I do still plan to post the services that are running, but I want to add a little more memory too and just wanted to make sure that would be enough to see a difference.
 
Old 02-16-2005, 06:49 PM   #14
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Ok...logged in as su and still get the same message. Here are the services currently running:

acpid
anacron
apmd
atd
autofs
cpuspeed
crond
cups
gpm
iptables
irqbalance
isdn
kudzu
mdmonitor
mdmpd
messagebus
microcode_ctl
netfs
network
nfsclock
pcmcia
portmap
random
rawdevices
readahead
readahead_early
rhnsd
rpcgssd
rpcidmapd
rpcsvcgssd
sendmail
sgi_fam
smartd
sshd
syslog
xinetd
 
Old 02-16-2005, 09:54 PM   #15
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see that you have at least these on

gpm
xfs
messagebus
acpid
kudzu
mdmpd
microcode_ctl
readahead_early
iptables
rawdevices
autofs
network
shorewall
random
smartd
syslog
xinetd
irqbalance
readahead
portmap

to start any
do

service name start

and to keep it on for al times

chkconfig <name> off

regards
 
  


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