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Why is SUSE so slow?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by berniew, Jul 12, 2004.

  1. berniew

    berniew Liberty

    Nov 3, 2002
    Downloaded 9.1 personal, did a default install on a Dell C610, and it is slooow. Slow to boot, slow to load web pages, just plain slow.

    I have a desktop to try it on as well as VMware, but I suspect I'm needing to tweak my install options.

    Any help for a Linux novice?
  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA

  3. berniew

    berniew Liberty

    Nov 3, 2002
    The C610 is 1Ghz PIII with 512 RAM

    My primary machine is a 1.6 Ghz Pentium M Dell D600 with 1Gig of RAM. Running SUSE in VMware on it is faster than running it "native" on the C610.
  4. vertigo7


    Feb 11, 2002
    Read this post from Linux Gazette. It'll walk you through a little hard drive tuning and enabling DMA access (usually turned off by default in most distros, not sure on SUSE) which may help speed things up.

    Check the list of running processes with top and see if you've got a CPU or memory hog running. For example, Open Office preloads a bunch of stuff for faster startup.

    Make sure the swap partition is actually turned on:
    swapon -a. My first ever install of Gentoo ran super slow until I realized I'd never enabled the swap partition. ;f