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Old 12-30-2003, 09:44 PM   #1
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Exclamation Pentium4 / RH9 Peformance issue <full config listed>


I am wondering if there is anything I can do to increase the performance of my computer.

Here is the hardware config:

MotherBoard: Intel 865GBF(L).. has LAN built-in
Processor: Pentium 4 / 3.0Ghz - HyperThreading / 800 Mhz Frontside Bus
RAM: (2) 512Mb sticks / DDR 400 / configured as Dual Channel - MB supports it
Video: On-Board Intel Graphics 16Mb
Storage: (1) 160Gb IDE, (2) 80Gb IDE, (3) DVD-ROM (4) NEC DVD writer.

Cooling: (1) Intel Designed Fan for Processor (2) Case Intake optimized / optimization done by me.. - works well since the case is always cool to touch...

The rest is usual stuff... A Flat monitor CRT , MS keyboard, IBM Optical mouse (scrollpoint III- another thing....Optical part works ok and pointer on screen funtions properly but the scrolling doesn't work right... seems like X and Y Axis are swapped + it is erratic - this mouse allows horizontal and vertical scrolling)

Ok, to the important stuff...

Operating System: Red Hat Linux 9
Software: Almost all packages installed.

PROBLEM: It seems like the system is sloooow....
When I run Gnome (startx) things move but, not at the P4 speed. Maybe I am missing something but, I checked bios, etc. and everything seems like it is setup right. Kudz finds Hardware fine and installs but NO SOUND...and Can't even DETECT it!!! .... Hyper threading on P4 is also enabled. I just don't know what else to do to speed this up...

Maybe, it's my perception too.. I can't say it is reaaalllly slow either.. but I feel that it could run faster.... Maybe, graphics need to be configured properly? (currently: Jpeg wallpaper, 1024x768 @ 24bit color)

Just a note: When I run XP (from 80Gb), it runs much much faster! I mean, I don't see the delays I see in Linux....if that helps...

Any help would be appreciated!!!

Happy New Year!
Old 12-30-2003, 10:05 PM   #2
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Try upgrading to Fedora Core 1. You'll get more up to date packages that are faster.

It has GNOME 2.4, which is MUCH faster than 2.2.

Also, it has the ability to auto-detect hyperthreading an use that kernel, so you will get the hyperthreading boost.

You also want to turn off all unneeded services. I believe there is a GUI config for this in Fedora/Redhat. Lots of distros now (redhat including) loves to run every service available at boot. You can gain a lot of speed, memory, and security by turning these off.

Lastly, if you really want to go hardcore, you can compile and install the recently released 2.6 kernel. It has much better hyperthreading support, and lots of general speed increases.
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Thanks for the info. I will look into this.

My Only dilema, (which I forgot to mention in the post) is that I am running Oracle 11i apps and ebiz server on this and as it is, I had to struggle so much to get it working on RH9... so, I will look into services but being able to use the HyperThreading is tempting me badly
Old 03-15-2004, 08:34 PM   #4
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Hi there, did you ever get the sound to work? I have the same mb, but I can't get the sound components to recognise the on-board chipset.

Pls help. TIA!
Old 03-15-2004, 09:27 PM   #5
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I am not very sure what exactly is happening for your PC, but I ever install a Linux in to a new PC, it run normal, my senior told me it can run faster. He ask me to udpate kernel version. After updated, it run faster. Maybe you should try to handle it from here.
Old 03-15-2004, 11:11 PM   #6
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Well BiTurboMan said that he had a few problems: computer running slow, and couldn't detect sound. My system is running fast, so that's okay, but I can't get the sound to detect. I was just wondering if he figured out that problem yet.


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