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Old 07-25-2003, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question Linux, slow?

Well, last night I recieved my computer from, it's a 450MHZ Pentium III, with 512 mb ram, and a 6.5 gb hd (RedHat/Pink Tie 9). Ok so the hard drive is lacking, and I believe I'll probably get another one soon, but for now, I'm having a problem with the video it seems. I got my video card in, and it seems to run fine as far as no distortion, I've tried it all the way up to 1024 x 768 (which seems is at least the space I need, for most of these programs that don't have resizable windows to show their entire self), at any rate. I have a S3 Trio video card with 4mb video memory. I'm very new to video cards, so I'm not sure if this is what is causing my system to slow up a bit. It seems when I tried to play the tux-racer OR tux-chaser game, I forget now (writing this from a work computer, until I can get time to go buy ethernet cable to hook it up to the shared-cable) At any rate, when I attempted to play this game the computer was extremely laggy, like I was playing some MMORPG on a really sad system. The comptuer is a IBM PC 300PL (much like this model, with some more memory: *nevermind, can't post urls until I do 5 post* but these are the specs:
Controller name : S3 Trio3D AGP
Minimum memory value : 4MB
Memory type : SGRAM
Maximum memory value : 4MB
Maximum video resolution : 1600 x 1200
Hard drive
Interface : Ultra ATA
Capacity : 6.4GB
Access time : 9.5ms) at any rate, if there are any pages you could point me to, or any ways I can go at trouble shooting this, I would appreciate it, it runs ok, I've just heard all this linux-hype of it being "uberfast" :-)
Old 07-25-2003, 10:21 AM   #2
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You can probably do a search for tuxracer and find a ton of these problems. You should look for the right drivers for your card at or check the manufactur's site. AS for the slow problem
Old 07-25-2003, 10:22 AM   #3
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just my little bit

I don't play the games but...

from what I have heard.

The Tux games need openGL.

4meg GFX card is not good enough to run a tap.

have a look around and get a better card. I don't mean to be rude but I am honest.

Nvidia now have very good drivers and for me a good installer. You should be able to get a nice Nvidia card for a small charge.k

good luck

Old 07-25-2003, 10:27 AM   #4
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Thanks for that info, however, do you guys know any decent brand name cards that I can pick up at a bestbuy or something around here? I'd like to get it going smooth this weekend, and I looked at some cards on the net, I'm just not sure what brands are generally used with RedHat/Linux. I don't want to go buy a card, and find out that it's about as useful as a winmodem to linux. I saw this one card it's a PNY TNT2-M64 PCI 32Mb, however I went to redhat's site to see if they had any drivers on it, and I didn't see anything for even the PNY manufacture. At any rate, any suggestions help. Thanks again.
Old 07-25-2003, 10:28 AM   #5
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sorry to post again, but I saw that you mentioned Nvidia, I have looked at a lot of these cards, and I have yet to find a Nvidia card, just a lot of cards with Nvidia chips. I hope I can find something decent for around $50. Or am I asking to much. heh.
Old 07-25-2003, 12:32 PM   #6
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the cards with nvidia chips is what you want and get the drivers from nvidia's web site if you want to know which is the best card maker check a site like tom's hardware of some other site like that that does benchmarking of cards. of course you'll have to look back aways to get to any cards that would be in the $50 price range now but it should give you an idea of the manufacturer's quality

oh and on nvidia's website you'll want to pick the IA32 drivers.

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Old 07-25-2003, 12:41 PM   #7
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# Configuring X
Linux Hardware Compatibility HOWTO - video cards
The Linux XFree86 HOWTO
Common X configuring tools:
Debian - dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86
Mandrake - XFdrake
Redhat 7.3 down - the setup utility leads to several config tools
Redhat 7.3 up - redhat-config-xfree86
You may have these tools:
XFree86 -configure
ATI Linux drivers
If you need the nVidia driver, most likely, you want the Linux IA32 driver
Old 07-25-2003, 12:46 PM   #8
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I'm thinking I should check all those services that could be running in the background, and getting rid of what I don't need. I also, am going to disable the auto-run on the cd player and tomorrow I'll probably go try and pick up a better card.
Old 07-25-2003, 12:46 PM   #9
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One of the cheapest NVIDIA 64MB AGP Graphics cards is the

MSI GeForce4 mx440 se

You can probably get it for around 50-60 US dollars

I'm currently using it under Red Hat 9, Mandrake 9.1 etc.

I'm only using it in 2d - I still do any gaming on 98se

You'd have to check out the driver situation for this card- I havent looked into it yet.

All's I can say is that its cheap - good - fast enough for most DirectX 7,8 games.

Oh and - MSI are widely regarded as one of the best current NVIDIA Graphics card makers along with Asus.

You can get much more powerful cards than this - but you wont get them for 50 dollars


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