Re: performance problem

From: Wim De Smet (
Date: 01/29/05

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    Date: Sat, 29 Jan 2005 00:37:47 +0100

    On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 00:22:11 +0100, tobias <> wrote:
    > Hello everybody,
    > recently I decided to switch from fedora to Debian Sarge. The
    > installation via the netinstall disk image went through smoothly and I
    > am a happy new Debain user now.
    > But: there is a strange performance problem which wasn't there before.
    > Using Gnome or KDE every couple of seconds the mouse poiner "stumbles",
    > regardless if I use a USB or ps/2 device. There is also a short delay
    > moving windows or even displaying text while typing. Moreover smooth
    > playing of mp3s is not possible - seems to be the same problem.
    > Using top or similar programs I wasn't able to identify a process which
    > eats up my system performance. The CPU has something around 5%, load
    > average around 0.4.
    > Has anybody encountered similar problems? I would appreciate hints how
    > to deal with this problem.
    > Or could it be that the hardware is too old? It's a 700MHz Athlon,
    > 512MB... should be able to play mp3, I think. On fedora, there was a 2.4
    > kernel, now it's 2.6.8. Naively, I would expected a performance gain.

    You probably don't have DMA enabled on your hard drives. Install
    hdparm, read its docs and use it to check out if this is the problem.


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