Optimal Performance

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Optimal Performance

Post by shotokan » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:14

I have a AMD Duron(tm) Processor with 128MB RAM, and a SiS 630/730 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter.

I can barely run Firefox2, and KDE3.5 at the same time.

How do I go about getting optimal performance?

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Post by johnnyhay » Fri Jan 05, 2007 6:41

I think your memory is the problem. KDE needs at least 256MB to run right. Just try adding a 256MB ram stick.
But if you don't want to do that, here's some KDE performance tips.

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http://wiki.kde.org/tiki-index.php?page=Performance%20Tips
Also, try running in gnome, e16 or a different environment besides kde. You can change your environment by logging out and clicking on the session type window button, at the bottom left hand corner.
You can also see if there's a process taking up all you memory by either hitting "ctrl"+"Esc" and then selecting the User% tab. To kill a process, just click on it and then select the kill button.
Or you can open up konsole, the terminal program and type in "top" then hit the letter m.
You exit by hitting "ctrl"+"z".
You can kill the process by finding it's PID number using the top command, the typing "kill PIDnumber", like "kill 1234".
The last thing I can think of is to USE A MINI EDITION><! That should help out a lot!!
Hoped that helped. :).

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Post by ed » Fri Jan 05, 2007 18:13

XFCE is probably a suitable choice for that amount of memory. I can not recommend either KDE or Gnome on 128Mb RAM.

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Post by shotokan » Sat Jan 06, 2007 1:54

Thanks you two,
I'll try out XFCE a little more, but it seems to be more of a Window manager than a Desktop Environment.
I'd really like to give Gnome a try though. In any case it seems that KDE was not made for my system.

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Post by AmpLiF1eR » Sat Jan 06, 2007 2:04

there is also E16 , faster then XFCE (but also not many options)

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Post by KungFuJesus » Sat Jan 06, 2007 20:58

Fluxbox

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Post by shotokan » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:12

Ya know, I emerged XFCE, Gnome, and Enligtenment, already had Fluxbox. (by the way I have sabayon mini.)
I think XFCE is the one I like best. It goes great with Nautilus and Firefox.

It still seems that apps use more memory than they should. Here's me running XFCE with Firefox:

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Tasks:  84 total,   2 running,  82 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s): 33.0%us,  4.3%sy,  0.0%ni, 61.0%id,  0.7%wa,  1.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:    105360k total,   100712k used,     4648k free,      184k buffers
Swap:  1000400k total,   158004k used,   842396k free,    17132k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND           
12298 root      15   0  353m  51m  12m S 22.6 50.1  34:54.11 firefox-bin        
10015 root      15   0 89200  13m 1728 S 13.6 13.4  14:46.86 X                  
11746 root      16   0 14860 2412 1616 S  1.0  2.3   0:28.96 xfwm4              
10842 root      10  -5     0    0    0 D  0.3  0.0   0:04.62 rtusb-mlme         
11793 root      24   0 18056 2044 1288 S  0.3  1.9   0:07.75 xfdesktop          
12259 root      15   0  2084  588  404 R  0.3  0.6   0:28.89 top                
    1 root      15   0  1516  196  176 S  0.0  0.2   0:01.87 init               
    2 root      RT   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0        
    3 root      34  19     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.01 ksoftirqd/0        
    4 root      10  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.08 events/0           
    5 root      10  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.02 khelper            
    6 root      11  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kthread            
    9 root      10  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.61 kblockd/0          
   10 root      20  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kacpid             
   76 root      20  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 cqueue/0           
   77 root      10  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kseriod            
   80 root      10  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khubd              
Can I fix this?

Also, I don't know why khelper, kthread, kblockd, and kacpid etc. are running though. Is it because I'm using KDM (Login Manager) still?

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Post by evm » Sun Jan 07, 2007 5:37

i think you change the login manager in /etc/rc.conf

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Post by Pse » Sun Jan 07, 2007 8:19

I think those are kernel processes, you shouldn't touch them (not related to KDE). This is a wild guess, though. Google'em!

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Post by shotokan » Sun Jan 07, 2007 22:27

Pse, you're right. They are from the kernel.
I changed to GDM. Every thing seems to go a little faster.
I know now that it's time to get a newer computer.

If I had it my way I'd just use the CLI to watch Channel Frederator, Youtube, Google Video, look at pictures, read email, and listen to music.

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