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performance problem

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.

Thank you for your help!

Best regards,

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