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    Default Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Hi, I'm new to openSUSE and my computer is quite slow although my computer isn't that bad. I opened up ksysguard and it appears that my CPU is the bottleneck. My CPU usage is usually 100%, then after a few seconds, it goes down to 20-60% and then it goes back up to 100% after another few seconds. It says I have 141 processes running (I don't know if thats normal or not).

    My Specs are:
    CPU: AMD Duron (tm) processor 1.8GHz
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 6200
    Memory: 2GB RAM

    I'm using KDE if it helps.

    Please go easy on me as I have stated, I'm a newb. So, anything I can do to make openSUSE faster?

    EDIT: Also, if this is in the wrong thread, please move it to the correct place.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:06:03 +0000, Krankles wrote:

    > Please go easy on me as I have stated, I'm a newb. So, anything I can do
    > to make openSUSE faster?


    When the performance is poor, open a terminal and run 'top'. That'll
    tell you what's eating the processor - what you're seeing isn't normal,
    so we need to figure out what it is that's eating the processor cycles
    and then determine why.

    Jim



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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    At the top is shows Xorg using the most CPU usage but it uses only 2-3% of the CPU. Xorg, kwin, yakuake, top, krunner, mysqld, packagekitd, dbus-daemon, and polkitd uses CPU but it only uses 1-3%...

    Funny thing is though, is that krunner, mysqld, packagekitd, dbus-daemon and polkitd only sometimes pop up after 10 seconds or so. Strangely, all these processes only uses 1-3% so they can't add up to 100%..

    EDIT: It seems that in ksysguard, it says it uses 100% but when running top, it says it uses 1-15%... And when running them both together, in top it says it uses 40-60% cpu usage and in ksysguard, it uses 20-100% cpu... so is ksysguard lying? Even if it is "lying" my computer is sluggish when not running anything. I click the start menu button and it pops up sluggishly, not smooth.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Nevermind, it doesn't pop up sluggishly but it does in the first few hours. I left my computer on for 1 hour and things are smooth when nothing is running. However, at this time, I open up firefox and then I click the start menu button, it pops up sluggishly. Same thing if I open up anything.

    I open up Dolphin, and then I click start menu button, it moves up kind of smooth, but you can see its sluggish still. This is really strange. I had this since I installed openSUSE. I think it's because of the processes its running. Remember, I had over 130 processes, unless thats normal...

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:06:02 +0000, Krankles wrote:

    > Nevermind, it doesn't pop up sluggishly but it does in the first few
    > hours. I left my computer on for 1 hour and things are smooth when
    > nothing is running. However, at this time, I open up firefox and then I
    > click the start menu button, it pops up sluggishly. Same thing if I open
    > up anything.
    >
    > I open up Dolphin, and then I click start menu button, it moves up kind
    > of smooth, but you can see its sluggish still. This is really strange. I
    > had this since I installed openSUSE. I think it's because of the
    > processes its running. Remember, I had over 130 processes, unless thats
    > normal...


    What kind of video card do you have, and do you have effects turned on?
    If you're not using an accelerated driver and have 3D effects enabled,
    the CPU has to handle those tasks, and that can cause Xorg to suck CPU
    like there's no tomorrow....

    Jim



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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Your processor might be a bit underpowered for what you are doing.

    If you have not already done so, try disabling Desktop Effects.
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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Okay, things seem a bit faster with it disabled. Any other ideas to make it faster? I don't care if things look really ugly and stuff. I just want it to the point where its nice and fast. Although, isn't 1.8Ghz enough for smoothness? I heard some people have smooth computers with 512mb of RAM and 1Ghz processor.

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:36:02 +0000, Krankles wrote:

    > Okay, things seem a bit faster with it disabled. Any other ideas to make
    > it faster? I don't care if things look really ugly and stuff. I just
    > want it to the point where its nice and fast. Although, isn't 1.8Ghz
    > enough for smoothness? I heard some people have smooth computers with
    > 512mb of RAM and 1Ghz processor.


    It depends on what you're doing with the system. Disabling desktop
    effects helps, certainly, if the CPU is having to do the work that a
    higher end GPU (with a proper driver) would be doing on its own.

    I'm running 11.4 on a number of systems, but the one I'm posting this
    from is a 2 GHz laptop with 1 GB of memory, using GNOME 2, and it's
    pretty responsive with desktop effects - but I have the OSS radeon driver
    (which has acceleration in it) for video effects.

    But the system also isn't doing a lot. By definition, if the system were
    doing more intensive tasks, the system would be less responsive.

    Are you using the 'desktop' kernel (you'd select that from the grub menu
    when starting up)? That is optimized for better desktop responsiveness.

    Jim

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Hi there,

    I'm not sure if I'm going to be of much help however, it would be a good idea to install the proper 3D drivers for the Nvidia card, regardless of whether you're using 3D effects or not. Other than that I can't really suggest anything else. I believe that the Duron chip in question is quite old is it not? Clock speeds on older CPUs don't really mean too much due to their age. You could always try to install and the XFCE or LXDE desktop environments as they are a hell of a lot lighter on system resources and you should notice a huge speed boost.

    Yours,

    Tom
    Desktop: OpenSUSE 11.4 | Dell Optiplex GX620 | 3GB RAM | Pentium D 820 2.8 Ghz | 40GB Internal, 250GB External | nVidia GeForce G210

    Netbook: OpenSUSE 11.4 | HP Mini 5101 1366x768 model | Intel Atom N280 | 2GB RAM | 250GB Internal | Intel GMA950

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    Default Re: Opensuse 11.4 slow in terms of speed

    Quote Originally Posted by hendersj View Post
    On Thu, 30 Jun 2011 16:06:02 +0000, Krankles wrote:

    > Nevermind, it doesn't pop up sluggishly but it does in the first few
    > hours. I left my computer on for 1 hour and things are smooth when
    > nothing is running. However, at this time, I open up firefox and then I
    > click the start menu button, it pops up sluggishly. Same thing if I open
    > up anything.
    >
    > I open up Dolphin, and then I click start menu button, it moves up kind
    > of smooth, but you can see its sluggish still. This is really strange. I
    > had this since I installed openSUSE. I think it's because of the
    > processes its running. Remember, I had over 130 processes, unless thats
    > normal...


    What kind of video card do you have, and do you have effects turned on?
    If you're not using an accelerated driver and have 3D effects enabled,
    the CPU has to handle those tasks, and that can cause Xorg to suck CPU
    like there's no tomorrow....

    Jim



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    My graphics card is NVIDIA GeForce 6200 and I have 3d Effects off. I have already installed the Graphics Card Drivers. I guess there's nothing else to do to increase speed?

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