Re: Deb on old laptop slow. Will more RAM help?
From: Bob Hauck (postmaster_at_localhost.localdomain)
Date: Thu, 20 May 2004 12:35:22 -0400
On Thu, 20 May 2004 08:16:41 -0700, A-B
C. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I bought this ancient Thinkpad 600e: Pent. II, 400Mhz, 6GB HD, and
> 128MB RAM. Installed Knoppix/Debian with KDE. I believe it is a 2.4
> kernal, but not sure. Is there a way to find out?
> The damn thing is a snail. Bringing up Mozilla browser is a 20 second wait.
Should be that slow. Do you have dma and unmaskirq turned on for your
disk? Use hdparm to find out.
> Even bringing up a console terminal takes five to ten seconds. It goes
> to the disk for everything. Clicking the K-menu causes a disk
> read. Open Office seems like it takes 5 minutes but is probably 2 or
KDE does re-read the K menu when you open it. That's so it can pick up
any change. But konsole shouldn't take five seconds. That's way slow.
I've got a 450 MHz pentium with 96 MB and it's quicker than that. Now,
laptop hard drives are notoriously slow, but still.
You are at the low end of suggested RAM for KDE. More might help, but I
think the biggest part of the problem is that there's something munged
in your disk setup. You should also fire up "top" and see if there is
anything eating your CPU. KDE's audio server (artsd) and file watcher
daemon (fam) sometimes cause slowdowns.
Finally, you could probably free up a lot of RAM by using a lighter
window manager like IceWM.
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