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Old 01-11-2006, 08:24 AM   #31
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I think Emmanuel_uk has pinpointed the problem.

There needs to be a swap partition. Also his advice on partitioning the disc is right on the nail.

The cleanest way out will be to reinstall, ensuring that you partition the disc properly.

At a minimum you need Root, Swap and Home partitions. Swap should at least equal RAM size. More than double is probably wasted but if you plan to increase RAM then size the swap for the future.

A better scheme is to have more partitions. Mu favourite scheme is:

hda1: Root say 2GB min, 6GB better
hda2: swap 2xRAM size
hda3: make this an extended partition - see below
hda4: home as big as you think you need.

hda3 becomes:

hda5 /etc
hda6 /usr
hda7 /var
hda8 /tmp
hda9 /opt

If you don't create partitions for these then they will be mounted as directories under root, in which case root needs to be big enough.

If all this is confusing let the installer do it but make sure that you can check what it has done. I'm not familiar with Xandros but most installers seem to offer 3 levels of interaction at the partitioning stage. (Automatic, some interaction and "It's all yours user but if you mess it up don't blame me")

Note that you will still get a high RAM usage. This is a good thing. RAM you are not actually using is allocated to buffers and will be made available when you need it.
Old 07-19-2007, 10:23 AM   #32
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I have the same problem with my hard drive constantly thrashing. I just reboot the machine as soon as it happens. Because of all the drive activity, my computer takes a while to reboot. Once rebooted, it runs fine. Until I suspend it and upon re-awakening, my computer goes crazy again. Someone somewhere told me to turn off acpi--I guess you put a line in the grub.conf to do so. I've been too lazy to do it, maybe sometime this afternoon... Enabling DMA won't make a noticeable difference, contrary to what many people here indicate--I guess I'm not that sensitive to speed difference. BTW, I've been using Linux since 1997 (RedHat 5.2 was my first Linux). Since then, I've tried all flavors of Linux and now happy with Ubuntu for my desktop distro. Having a swap file instead of swap partition makes no difference, as long as you have a swap turned on--some people would argue that having multiple partitions is bad for performance. Anyhow, this has been my 2 cents.


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