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Re: performance problem

On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 00:22:11 +0100, tobias <t.schlegelmilch@web.de> wrote:
> 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.

You probably don't have DMA enabled on your hard drives. Install
hdparm, read its docs and use it to check out if this is the problem.


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