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Old 02-15-2004, 02:37 PM   #1
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KDE/linux stability issues

Hello, i am running SuSE 8.2 with an upgraded kernel 2.4.24 and KDE 3.2. After i booted my newly compiled kernel for the first time i have been having some stability issues while using KDE. I dont know if the problem is with kde or Xfree or the kernel, but i would have to guess its the kernel because i dont remember having these problems before i upgraded my kernel.

Anyway here is a description of the problem. When ever i am using KDE every so often the system would lock up for about 10 seconds, unlock for about 3 seconds, and lock back up, in a loop. until the system becomes stable again after about 30 seconds. Has anyone had similar issues? Also is there a guide where i can find info about how to make my system boot faster? It takes about 2 1/2 minutes for my linux system to boot, whereas windows can boot in about 30 seconds.

Thanks for the help
Old 02-15-2004, 04:28 PM   #2
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for booting speeds, make sure you are only loading services that you need.
also, you can remove things like usb HID if you dont use a usb mouse or keyboard.

also you can remove kudzu from bootup, and re-enable it only when you are planning on adding / removing hardware.

things like sshd normaly run by default, but are rarely used.

and ive noticed that kde 3.2 somtimes becomes un-responcive for a few seconds dureing periods of high resourc useage, turning some "eye candy" off helps a great deal.
Old 02-15-2004, 04:33 PM   #3
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can you be a little more specific about this "eye candy" what do you reccomend that i disable? and what is kudzu? i dont believe i have that on my system, but there is a hardware scan something at boot, and at that point during the boot up the optical light on the mouse turns on, so i think i need it, but i will try the other other things you mentioned. thanks
Old 02-15-2004, 04:46 PM   #4
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the stability thing is probably kernel, go back to an older version, or better get involved in kernel development.

to get your system to boot faster,
- remove unwanted servies (with YAST's runlevel editor or better by hand removing stff in /etc/init.d - the bootscripts and the files that are called Snnservice in your favourite runlevel)

- stop using KDE, try gnome, or for lightspeed use MWM as your windowmanager, also use xdm not kdm as the display manager. if you love kde get a version that is 5 years old that hasn't got so many features(bloat) or turn off the cute visual effects

- if you have time to experiment, recompile the souces of all the programs you ever use like bash, X, the KDE suite, everything in /sbin etc... for your CPU using the --target (and probably --force) option in rpm but you only get about 50% for a lot of work

- complain to suse



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