Re: Is Sarge too slow for a Toshiba Portege 330CT?
On 11 May 2005, at 2:11 pm, Nacho wrote:
I have a Toshiba Portege 330CT which actually runs Debian woody, its
features are this:
Pentium 133 Mhz
32 Mb RAM
1'6 Gb Hard Disk
The fact is that it's enough for how I use it, mainly text programs
slrn, w3m, bitch, vim, mp3blaster and sometimes firefox or staroffice.
My doubt is if I should upgrade it to Sarge or not, my main concern is
could be slower, maybe because the size of shared libraries or
similar; also it runs a 2.2.x kernel which supports all of the
has, but not the IR port, anyway I think no kernel version does
never released the information about that chip.
I run Sarge on a similar vintage machine:
Toshiba Libretto 100CT
133 MHz Pentium
64 MB RAM
12 GB hard disk
I don't use it for any interactive work; it sits on a shelf with its
lid shut, permanently powered from the mains (its battery is long since
defunct - works well enough to protect the machine from power glitches,
but that's it), and it runs my home network's core services; DNS/DHCP,
apache, Exim, mailman, squid, samba etc. 64MB is a bit of a stretch
for all of this, but it *does* manage it.
Sarge requires a kernel 2.4.x or 2.6.x to run? or it can run with a
My Libretto actually got faster when I moved to a 2.6 kernel. I don't
think you need worry on that score.
For example, when I upgraded it from Debian 2.2 to Debian 3.0 I noted
was much slower when using apt, because the list of packeges was much
and so it had to swap memory to be able to install new packages and
That is a problem; dselect et al are *really* slow on my Libretto
because of the memory issues, and I have twice as much memory as you...
here's the output of free, on a typical day:
14:51:43 tim@libretto:~$ free
total used free shared buffers
Mem: 62192 59232 2960 0 1260
-/+ buffers/cache: 38232 23960
Swap: 128512 36708 91804
So it is managing to use a fair bit of its RAM for disk cache, but
there's also a goodly chunk of swap in use. I think 32 MB will be OK
as long as you don't try running too much at a time.
Also I have read that Sarge use much disk space that woody, so maybe I
also have problems with that...
Possibly; I upgraded my Libretto from its original 2GB disk to a 12 GB
disk, which is loads of room, but watch out for the old 8.1 GB BIOS
disk size limit if you're going to use the laptop's hardware
suspend-to-disk feature (assuming the Portege works the same way as the
Libretto). The partition layout on my Libretto is a bit odd as a
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 279 2241036 b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 * 280 304 200812+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda3 305 320 128520 82 Linux swap /
/dev/hda4 321 1467 9213277+ 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 321 1017 5598621 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 1029 1467 3526267+ 83 Linux
Notice the hole between cylinders 1017 and 1029 - this is the
unpartitioned space at the 'end' of the disk, as far as the BIOS is
concerned, and is where the BIOS will suspend the machine to if I put
it to sleep.
Dr Tim Cutts
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