Re: performance problem
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!
I recently did a debian install using debootstrap, from another linux
partition. Somehow, during the base-config setup, it failed to put my
'localhost 127.0.0.1' in /etc/hosts. I finally tracked this down when I
was setting up my printer and getting errors popping up about not being
able to find the server. So, I started probing around and stumbled on
this key missing file .. if you've ever had this happen, you know it
results in a super slow response to everything.
So, take a quick look at /etc/hosts and make sure your local network
name and number are specified. (man hosts, for more info)
If this isn't it, then I don't know.