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Re: Running GNOME with 128 MB RAM - Painfully slow?

>You can try adding swap but I doubt it will help much as the disk is so old and slow
The hard drive is quite recent and supports up to UDMA2 speeds although I too think that adding swap space won't make a difference.
>Adding another 128MB or 256MB of memory would probably help the most with that system
Unfortunately there is no option to upgrade the memory on the system. Also I forgot to mention that it is a 800 MHz system:
debian:~# cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor       : 0
vendor_id       : Vortex86 SoC
cpu family      : 5
model           : 2
model name      : 05/02
stepping        : 2
cpu MHz         : 800.041
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug         : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 1
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu tsc cx8
bogomips        : 1600.08
clflush size    : 32
cache_alignment : 32
address sizes   : 32 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management:
Based on my specs (800 MHz CPU and 128 MB RAM) and [1], I still should be able to operate GNOME and some of the apps. However even opening gedit brings the system to crawl which is so surprising. I will add some swap and see if that makes a difference although I am not counting on it based on my past expereince.
[1] http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.0/#performance

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