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Old 08-28-2003, 08:00 PM   #1
Araxis777
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NEWBIE needs help from the gurus!!


Well I installed my first linux version.Its Redhat 9.Goodbye XP!

Heres my system Pentium 4 1.7 ghz
512 mb memory
Nvidia Geoforce 3 Ti200
400 mhz fsb motherboard
80gig

Anyways this system screams on windows but in Redhat running the I686 kernal the newest one it is slow.It almost reminds me of a 100 mhz machine.I installed all my video drivers correctly.I have so far fooled around with memory settings.Correct me if I am wrong but shouldnt my system be fast in linux?

Lets see Internet works fine Ethernet through Cble modem.
Video drivers installed correctly
KDE Desktop
APT installed also with SYNAPTIC they both work fine
16 bit color depth
Installation went fine
boot up i get all green oks on everything
I boot using GRUB I have redhat listed on one partiton and windows XP on the other.
I installed XP first to do this then Redhat second therefore giving me GRUB at boot up.

I hope this is enough info ..can anyone help me ??

Also I have no problem deleting the windows partiton if this will help with speed .

Thanks!

Last edited by Araxis777; 08-28-2003 at 08:03 PM.
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:03 PM   #2
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what drivers are you using? the ones bundled with xfree or the nvidia drivers from the nvidia website?
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:05 PM   #3
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Using the ones from the Nvidia website I think they were 4363 ..
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:05 PM   #4
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also where is your performance problem?? is it with everything?? or is it just video/games are you under a heavy load? (ie: compiling and such) use gkrellm to monitor your resources do you have plenty of free ram?? is your cpu sticking at 99%??
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:08 PM   #5
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Its using like almost 400 megs of my 512 in the pyhsical memory window.YES my CPU is like staying at 100 percent.The performance problem is system wide application burping to open ,Mozilla acting slow etc.
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:14 PM   #6
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the only thing I have running while cpu is at 100 percent is xmms and mozilla

also using crystal soundcard 4xxx version driver could that be stealing all cpu cycles?

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Old 08-28-2003, 08:21 PM   #7
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type
top
in a terminal window and see what is eating up resources.

Turn off uneeded services with
serviceconf
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:25 PM   #8
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Here is what I came up with dear God !!

one service down there is eating 97 percent!!

araxis 9206 17.8 3.6 31660 18588 ? S 19:23 0:00

kdeinit: konsole 17.8 percent cpu time

root 6208 97.2 0.1 3972 728 ? R 00:39 1093:59 top

top 97.2 cpu time


arrgh

also last night being the idiot i am somtimes I entered this through root i got it from this post. below
(Orig : /usr/src/linux/Documentation/memory-tuning.txt)

I've found that

# echo "128 256 1024" > /proc/sys/vm/freepages

gives good performance for a 32 Meg system used as a small server and
personal workstation.

Is there anyone who knows the rite setting for memory while we are at it?

Top to will not list in my services gui cant find it

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Old 08-28-2003, 08:34 PM   #9
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my system's memory is almost always at it's fullest. on unix systems memory is generally seen as a valuable resource. if it's not used, it's wasted. CPU time on the other hand should always be kept at a minimum. something is hogging the CPU.
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:39 PM   #10
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1. top is not a service. It is an console app. Once you ctrl+c on it, it will be removed from memory.

2. Turn off uneeded services via serviceconf

3. Try a different window manager. KDE uses a lot of resources. If you have 32MB then no way to run KDE. Try fluxbox http://www.fluxbox.org
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:39 PM   #11
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Yeah I agree the service taking 95-97 percent consistently is listed as TOP

funny thing is thats what i typed to get that info

I went into the service gui and could not find it listed ..
how can i turn it off in console? or rather since im a Newbie and dont really understand the importance of top what should I do?


512 megs memory here I was just being stupid when I entered the memory reqs in above post
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:43 PM   #12
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darthtux everyone else thank you for taking your time to help me Im going to go with Fluxbox ..Unless anyone else has a suggestion on what window manager to use.I have 512 megs of mem
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:46 PM   #13
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That's plenty of memory, but KDE and GNOME use a lot.

Window managers do not take up much HD space or memory. If you have HD space I recommend trying several

This site
http://www.plig.org/xwinman/
lists most (if not all) and discusses them.

I do like fluxbox but also IceWM and Window Maker
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:49 PM   #14
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gotya ,thanks learn somthing new everyday thats all i have expd thus far is GNOME and KDE time to move on to somthing not much of a resource hog.Also voted you as priceless on that vote thing darth thanks everyone
 
Old 08-28-2003, 08:56 PM   #15
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Thanks, Araxis777. BTW, welcome to LQ.

If you need anything let me know. Sometimes when I log onto the boards I have to go through several pages of new posts. So, if you post anything I can help you with, email me the thread link.
 
  


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