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Old 01-06-2006, 09:53 AM   #1
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Installation is very very slow SuSE 10

After a lot of troubles i could finaly start installing SuSE 10 on my laptop.
First the hard disk was not detected, I solved this by changing a setting in my Bios.
After this installation started, the first CD was installed without any problems. SuSE reboots the system and then it goes wrong.
First problem is that the system like to freeze during the reboot.
It tooks almost 5 minutes before the system came alive again.
I checked which steps took so long and it seams to be the:

reiserFS: FS : hda6 : Using r5 hash to sort names

After this step is finished everything is going very, very slowly.
Installation of the second CD took almost 4 hours.

I know that the CD's are OK because a week ago I used the same CD's to install SuSE 10 on my desktop PC. Total installation then took a little bit more than 30 minutes.

Please someone help me solving this problem.

greetings 2UALL

Old 01-06-2006, 10:47 AM   #2
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My guess would be that for some reason or another, DMA is not being enabled on your hard drives. Check that with hdparm on the console.
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I don't know if DMA is on, how to check this via windows XP?
Furthermore i found it very strange that the first CD is installed with normal speed.

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Old 01-06-2006, 01:01 PM   #4
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You can't check that via Windows XP, as each boot of the system must separately enable DMA. Check it in the console on your linux system.
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log in as root then do this:

hdparm /dev/hda
this is what mine gives me:

 multcount    = 16 (on)
 IO_support   =  1 (32-bit)
 unmaskirq    =  1 (on)
 using_dma    =  1 (on)
 keepsettings =  0 (off)
 readonly     =  0 (off)
 readahead    = 256 (on)
 geometry     = 19929/255/63, sectors = 163928604672, start = 0
replace hda with whatever drive is causing the problem, hda = primary master


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