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Old 11-01-2006, 09:18 AM   #1
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Replace Command Line Interface


I installed Mandriva 2007 on a quite old computer (400MHz, 96MB RAM), and I am using the purely textual interface. (No window manager).

But the command-line interface provided with Mandriva is extremely slow on this computer. If I issue the command "ls -l" sometimes it won't show anything, until I press a second enter.

Other times it will just very slowly put one line at a time, instead of scrolling the contents of ls -l very rapdly like I expect.

And after using it for some time, it will even stop reading keyboard characters correctly. some keyboard characters are correct, but if I press c it will show a copyright simbol etc.

I think this is because Mandriva uses that partially graphical command line interface, with a Mandriva logo on the right part of the screen.

How can I switch to a 100% textual interface? I mean, I want to get rid of the eye-candy stuff to get a faster system.

Old 11-01-2006, 09:30 AM   #2
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In your boot loader, there's probably a "vga=773" parameter (the value may be different) passed to your kernel. Change that to "vga=normal".
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On Mandriva, when you are in the command line, you are strictly in the command line. The logo you see in the back should not really affect performance which makes me think that there is something else causing your problems. Anyway try editing your /etc/lilo.conf or /boot/grub/menu.lst and in the kernel parameters section and change "vga=7xx" to "vga=normal" or completely remove the "vga=7xx" line.
Old 11-01-2006, 10:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for the hints.

I removed some modules from startup, like atd, nfs, nfslock and some other modules I don't use and the problems were solved! The system is 10 times more responsive now, and no more annoying bugs.


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