Old 486 computer & external CD reader advice needed
mike.mccarty at sbcglobal.net
Thu Feb 2 06:00:37 UTC 2006
Rickey Moore wrote:
>>I wonder what could be done to speed Linux/X up?
> Mike, I've been on this rant for a LONG time! :) Runlevel 4 just sits
> there. Why not have X and X only running, with no server or network
> features at all. Zip, Nada, nothing in the way of deamons. Compose
> office stuff or code, play video games, Dvd movies, anything local
> requiring more speed. When you need the network, or to run server
I don't compose Office Stuff. I do code, but usually want more than
one window open for editing and compiling. I don't play video games
on my computer, nor watch movies. The only other thing I really do
is research the web, or read e-mail, both of which require network
> stuff, runlevel 5 time. Would that provide any significant gain in X
> responsivness? Anyone care to guess? I dnloaded an app called
> alsakiller or something to that effect, ALSA eats up about 3% of the
> CPU share, I think I'd kill that off and just run OSS in runlevel 4,
> for the games and video. whatchothink, Ric
I suspect that most of the slowness for *my* computer has nothing to
do with that so much as that Linux eats memory like there is no
tomorrow. So loading *anything* requires retiring a bunch of cache or
swapping virtual memory. My CPU is hardly ever loaded more than 20%,
and usually much less than 10%. When it is slow, I hear the disc
top - 23:59:30 up 1 day, 10:56, 5 users, load average: 0.10, 0.35, 0.44
Tasks: 82 total, 2 running, 80 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 8.3% us, 1.7% sy, 0.0% ni, 89.7% id, 0.0% wa, 0.3% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 248088k total, 241792k used, 6296k free, 15128k buffers
Swap: 524120k total, 185244k used, 338876k free, 50680k cached
PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
4150 root 15 0 186m 23m 5560 S 4.0 9.6 163:23.20 X
4578 jmccarty 15 0 30452 8776 4252 S 3.0 3.5 0:38.74 gnome-terminal
6269 jmccarty 15 0 169m 62m 13m S 2.0 25.9 47:51.04 mozilla-bin
4500 jmccarty 16 0 19240 3180 2568 S 0.3 1.3 2:41.40 clock-applet
17040 jmccarty 16 0 3008 900 728 R 0.3 0.4 0:00.04 top
1 root 16 0 2064 276 252 S 0.0 0.1 0:00.95 init
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