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    ktfktf NNTP User

    Default System under high load unusable?

    Hello there,

    I have a problem with my fresh OpenSuSE 11.1 install. When I start a CPU intensive task, I get things like this:

    When I try to to typpe a text I geeet thhhhingsss llike this.
    My mouse is aaalsoooo quiteeee jerky. I've tried allll the kernel schedulllleersss, bbbut it diiiiidn't heelllp.

    Nice tasks, such as BOINC here, don't give problems. Sorry if the question is already asked, I can't find it.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: System under high load unusable?

    Can you post more info on your system?

    Post output of 'top'?
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    ktfktf NNTP User

    Default Re: System under high load unusable?

    top - 15:56:29 up  8:39,  4 users,  load average: 3.34, 1.64, 1.22
    Tasks: 123 total,  13 running, 110 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 96.7%us,  1.0%sy,  2.3%ni,  0.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:    988296k total,   974924k used,    13372k free,    45412k buffers
    Swap:  1020088k total,      360k used,  1019728k free,   500368k cached
     8070 martijn   20   0 18968 2448 1356 R 95.6  0.2   0:09.20 oggenc
     3672 martijn   39  19  106m  47m 4564 R  2.0  4.9 448:27.46 hadsm3_um_5.10_
     2229 root      20   0  162m  52m 5348 S  1.0  5.4   3:12.36 Xorg
     3575 martijn   20   0  203m  26m  16m R  1.0  2.7   1:16.76 kicker
        1 root      20   0  1064  392  324 S  0.0  0.0   0:01.22 init
        2 root      15  -5     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kauditd
    Actually quite normal, just like it was with OpenSuSE 11.0 under 'high load', well, probably load isn't the right word here

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    Jun 2008

    Default Re: System under high load unusable?

    I just had this problem and thought it was a kde4 update problem. I update a few times a week, so I can't point to any one update. But, a few days ago, my mouse started to hesitate and then the keyboard. I stumbled onto the solution: kill boinc.

    I have been running the same boinc version for months. This problem popped up after a recent update and I don't know how to fix it. I seem to have installed a newer version of boinc than is found at the univ. Berkeley site or in the repos. I have been away from the computer for hours with only boinc running. It shows 17 minutes of cpu time.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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