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Old 09-16-2003, 12:05 AM   #1
ksathya
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Unhappy Redhat linux runs slow


Hi,

I am running Redhat Linux 7.2 in a 300 MHz celeron HP PC with 48 MB RAM. Gnome & KDE runs very slow and games I have never played games like chromium. What is the min. configrtn required for Redhat 7.2 (for GUI)? Any help??

Thanx,

Sathya
 
Old 09-16-2003, 12:09 AM   #2
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Re: Redhat linux runs slow

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Originally posted by ksathya
Hi,

I am running Redhat Linux 7.2 in a 300 MHz celeron HP PC with 48 MB RAM. Gnome & KDE runs very slow and games I have never played games like chromium. What is the min. configrtn required for Redhat 7.2 (for GUI)? Any help??

Thanx,

Sathya
If I were you, I'd upgrade the RAM, 48MB isn't very much. Should help things run more smoothly. Good Luck,
 
Old 09-16-2003, 12:46 AM   #3
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yep, not 100% sure but i would guess 64MB is the recommended minimum ram. for X, you'd probably want at least 128.

you should also dump kde and gnome and use a window manager instead (e.g.: fluxbox, pekwm, enlightenment, windowmaker). just doing that alone would make a big difference. you could also even get rid of red hat, and install a leaner distro (again, w/out KDE or Gnome). put all those together, and you'd have a much faster system.

> p.s., don't forget to check to see if hdparm DMA options are enabled, and turn off un-needed services that can hog your resources (search terms: hdparm, DMA, drive, disk, service, startup, daemon)

Last edited by synaptical; 09-16-2003 at 12:53 AM.
 
Old 09-16-2003, 02:27 AM   #4
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Red Hat suggests a minimum of 64 megs of ram for GUI.

Most likely at 300Mhz, your machine uses pc100/pc133 memory.

(If it uses EDO, it will be tougher to scrounge for cheap or free. Most machines which used it have been scrapped.)

The correct answer is as much as you can scrounge up. Don't break the bank or anything. I say a minimum of 128 megs if you can get it. Ask around. There are a lot of 64 meg pc100 sticks in peoples desk drawers--people are making key-chains out of them.
Most machines will take only two sticks of memory.

And you need to look into how much swap space you have.

The ATI 3D-rage-pro "windows at play" with 8 Megs of nvram just plain locked up with tux-racer. That tells you that the video ram is important.

There is always a trade-off, that machine is not worth the money
to buy new ram for. But your convenience may make it so. Always try to scrounge first. Know the value of stuff before you buy it.

[KDE is not a window manager, it is a layer on top of it.]

Last edited by Eqwatz; 09-16-2003 at 02:29 AM.
 
  


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