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Re: diagnosing hard-locks [was memtest+ won't load]

On 7/7/06, Andrew Sackville-West <andrew@farwestbilliards.com> wrote:
On Fri, Jul 07, 2006 at 02:24:12PM -0400, Michael Marsh wrote:
> I'm *always* swapping on my laptop (which sounds really bad out of
> context), since my 256MB of RAM is taken up almost entirely by firefox
> and thunderbird.  And that's before loading any pages.  Once I
> resurrect the thing I'll pick up a SODIMM to boost the physical RAM,
> which should also make it peppier.

definitely. what environment are you running in? my desktop using 256
megs rarely swaps. my usual setup is firefox, gnucash and mutt always
running. When I pull up openoffice I'll start swapping, but not always. all this run
under xfce, which seems pretty lightweight. I'd guess you're using
gnome or kde? or is tbird really that big? regardless, you might find
a lighterweight desktop is helpful on that laptop.

fvwm, with firefox, thunderbird, and a handful of xterms.  Firefox
starts up wanting about 120MB, thunderbird about 110MB, as I recall.
Some of it might be the number of plugins, extensions, email accounts,
and RSS feeds.  It's not like I've gone overboard on any of those,

Michael A. Marsh

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