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Old 07-12-2004, 03:48 AM   #1
lithium penguin
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Help! --- Running slow and I need to get my internet connection up...

I am a newbie to Linux and I am excited to learn more. I have swappable hard drive bays so I did an install to a single hard drive with Red Hat 9. I have a couple of questions.

Being the curious type that I am, I installed 'Everything', which took about 4.8Gigs. Red Hat 9 seems to run kind of slow compared to XP Pro. My System has an Athlon XP 1800 with 256mb of PC2700 so I was hoping that Linux would run at least as fast as XP. Should I uninstall the other "unnecessary" programs until I learn more? (i.e. server, programmer stuff, etc.) Will Linux (Red Hat 9) run on an old machine that I have with a Pentium 120Ghz and 16MB of memory? I could use some guidance on this aspect of the Linux OS.

Second, and most important for me, is my broadband connection. How do I get my RCA DCM245 Cable Modem and Broadband Internet account to work in Linux?

Please help...

Old 07-13-2004, 09:44 AM   #2
bruno buys
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slow issue:
- try to disable every service the system is running that is unnecessary. Donīt uninstall at first, just disable.
- Check if you are using dma and ultra dma. As root, do "hdparm /dev/hda", or "hdparm /dev/hdb" at the console.

the 16mb box:
- redhat wonīt even install. Use this box to route internet, or some server.
Google for "coyote linux".

the broadband connection:
-set the connection to dhcp.


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