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KDE on AMD64

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I have debian-amd64 installed and running on a Compaq Presario R3000Z.  There 
were a few bumps along the way, but the install has gone well thanks to info 
on this mailing list and various web pages out there.  Grub boot, networking 
(sans wireless), sound, video, X, Alps Glidepoint, are all functioning 
without problem.

Trying to run KDE
Once I had X up and going with the latest nVidia driver (6111), I pulled down 
the kde meta-package and installed.  No problems in the install, but whenever 
a user logs in kde takes forever (well a long time at least) to start.  It 
sits on initializing system services for several minutes, then the startup 
box dissapears and we have just the background for another few minutes, then 
the startup sound plays, after another couple of minutes the panel appears 
and things seem to be normal.  Normal except that the first time the K icon 
button is pressed it takes 3-4 minutes for the menu to pop up.  Once past all 
of this, everything seems to function OK.

I have monitored the CPU load during all of this, and it is practically idle.  
Memory usage is within physical ram size, and there does not even seem to be 
much disk activity.  I have Googled around, but haven't found anything 
helpful yet.  Saw something on rebuilding the font cache (run fc-cache -f -v 
as root), but that didn't make a difference.  I am suspecting (but not 
hopeful) that it might be related to the file-system being used (everything 
is ext3) and I am about to fall back to ext2 and see what happens.  Has 
anyone else run into the same problem?  Any other hints for things to look 

For the record:
machine: Compaq Presario R3000Z
CPU: Athlon64 3000+
Video: 64MB nVidia GeForce 4 440 Go
HDD: 60 GB - 
	0.5 GB ext3 partition mounted on /
	6.0 GB ext3 partition mounted on /usr
	6.0 GB ext3 partition mounted on /var
	46.0 GB ext3 partition mounted on /work
	1.5 GB swap partition
kde version 3.3 (though the meta-package has version # 4:3.1.2 on it)
kernel version 2.6.8 - compiled from kernel-source-2.6.8-6 package

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