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Old 12-04-2004, 11:48 PM   #1
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Speeding it up..

What are some things I could do to speed up my system? I disabled alot of services I don't need anything else besides this?
Old 12-04-2004, 11:57 PM   #2
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should be set by default, but you could use dma and look to see if dma is set for your hard drive. you may also want to set up some other options with hdparm.

use 'man hdparm' to see all the options. be careful though as if you're using a very old computer, some of those options can corrupt your data. if your system is reletively new, these options should be okay to set.

here's the hdparm command i'm using in my rc.local file at boot up.

hdparm -q -d1 -q -m16 -q -u1 -q -c3 /dev/hda
again, 'man hdparm' should give you information on what those flags do.

edit: oh yeah, hdparm can only be run as root. if you just su, then use the fully qualified path to hdparm which is /sbin/hdparm.

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Old 12-05-2004, 01:49 AM   #3
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when i installed my graphic card driver i noticed an inscrease in the speed , so u could try that also

and each sofware has some tweaks that could make it faster

like speeding up firefox

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Old 12-05-2004, 07:37 AM   #4
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If you are using a machine with 128MB of RAM or less you will notice a big difference in app launching speed, internet browsing speed, compiling speed, just by adding more RAM.

Installing at least 512MB of RAM will make a Linux box perk right up.

I had a Fedora box with 128MB in it. I was surprised at the difference in speed that 512MB made in the way the machine ran.

You can use a good little system monitor called gkrellm to monitor mem and swap file usage.

hdparm of course will let you see and change HD parameters.

Note: You will have to use 80 conductor IDE cables to get the hard drive to communicate faster than UDMA33.


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