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Re: Multi-tasking

On Wednesday 28 June 2006 12:15, cobaco (aka Bart Cornelis) wrote:
> On Wednesday 28 June 2006 05:09, Matej Cepl wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I really do not want to flame (I have been using KDE for many years
> > and I do not mean to change anything about that), but can anybody
> > explain why KDE has so lousy multi-tasking? Or is it whole Linux? I
> > have noticed it for long time, but couple of days I was working on
> > Windows XP and running something terribly complicated with Access,
> > it was running completely out of its mind, but when I switched to
> > the other window where I had Excel, I could work without problems
> > and I have hardly noticed almost dying Access on the background.
> > Whenever I run something more complicated in Linux (gcc, update of
> > slocate dbase), whole computer goes almost to halt (and it is not
> > that bad computer -- Dell Inspiron 2200 notebook w/ Celeron 1.4GHz,
> > 512MB RAM). I believe that Linux should have perfect
> > multi-everything, but apparently there is some problem with my
> > configuration.
> >
> > Can anybody kick me in the right direction?
> Is anything trying to write/read large amounts of data when this
> happens? if so you might want to:
> - check the settings for your harddisk (notably DMA)
> - also which filessystem are you using? reiserfs3 has problems
> locking up the system under high load

I sometimes have this problem and thought that it's related to SATA. But 
I'm using reiserfs3. Do you've more infos about its problems under high 

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