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Old 03-24-2005, 05:06 PM   #1
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SuSE seems slower than XP, is something wrong?

So after I got everything situated with my broken SATA controllers and set up my two harddrives using RAID I finally got SuSE 9.2 to work. But now I noticed some things that seem very slow and/or buggy, which I never had those problems in XP.

1) I have a BFG Tech GeForce 6600GT OC 128Mb, which works very well in XP, but seems to run slow even after I got the new drivers from Nvidia version 1.0-7167, which I had to do because the drivers provided from YaST Online Update would not work. My windows react slowly and leave traces when being dragged as well as some other poor performances. When I installed the new drivers it said that there were some problems that were corrected with the 2.6.11 kernel, but my system (particularly the package kernel-default-nongpl) had a problem when upgrading to through YaST. Is it difficult to upgrade the kernel on your own? Will this cause problems?

2) I have searched everywhere for an answer to this problem but have had no luck. My Microsoft Wireless Desktop Elite Keyboard seems to have some strange bugs. For example when I am typing occasionally a key will be locked down and keep entering that character for a second or two, which can be aggravating after writing several pages into the word processor. There also seems to be a delay with typing, too. Is this a driver problem?

Beyond these two problems I was wondering if it was common to see some lag when using XMMS, like when loading a directory or trying to fast forward through songs.

Other than these problems I have noticed that Linux works faster when processing information like encoding or DV editing, which I am happy about. And the major bonus is that I haven't had a program or OS crash while watching movies or editing! A huge bonus.

Thanks to anyone in advance who can help me with either of these problems, or to anyone who takes the time to try.
Old 03-24-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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Go to the "System Info" after running a few programs for a while and doing basic stuff like you would do and then go to the memory section. If it says you are using a lot of swap space then something is wrong since you have plenty of memory. I have a similar setup to you and had major slowness issues which made me wonder about all that swapping (since swapping takes forever) and I came across two possible conclusions: 1) there is a kernel memory leak in the default kernel suse ships with with the x86_64 architecture 2) high mem support for some reason is not active in your kernel (wasn't compiled in). I haven't dealt much with #2, but I head about it while searching for an answer as well.

If you can try to update your kernel to something newer like 2.6.11 maybe and when configing it make sure that high mem support is active. To check for #2 you can try to take out one stick of your memory (if you have more than one dimm) and see if it works fast without so much memory. If it does, then there's your problem. The kernel update helped me some. Good luck.


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