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Old 01-16-2007, 10:17 AM   #16
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Sure beats trying to keep up with the windows hardware gobbling machine. I'll stick with my AMD 700MHZ until it dies. Does all ask of it.
Old 02-02-2007, 09:53 AM   #17
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Im running kubuntu on laptop with a pII 300 and 192MB RAM and it runs fine, more than 4 or 5 medium sized applications will drive it into swap hell though and then it is time to patiently close a few unused apps and have a coffee while it sorts its self out.
Changing the old hard disc to a modern one made the biggest difference, it seems to be running around double the speed when it is in swap hell.
On the other hand I have an exact mirror of the same system on an IBM A21 celron 600, 128MB and it is dog slow, much slower than the pII. Not really sure why this is, I had always put it down to less ram but bus speeds and ide channels could be causing it either.
Used to have the swap partition on a seperate hard disc on the other IDE channel to the system disk on a pII desktop, that made a big difference, it would hardly ever stutter using jack with a realtime kernel for audio editing.
Going to try something similar with the laptop this evening using a CF card in the pcmcia slot for the swap partition. Ill put the results on this thread:
If anyone is interested and can suggest a few benchmarks Ill give them a try.
As for openGL, a lot of old hardware doesnt know what to do with it, the graphics cards live in a 2D world. An old voodoo for 3 euro of ebay soon sorts that out though



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