Super-slow response, not quite dead

Tim Rutherford RutherfordT at
Thu Sep 30 01:25:10 UTC 2004

Problem first presented when I installed a daily from 27/28 Sep. I
thought my system was freezing before (or aternately, just after) the
initial Ubuntu "human" spash-screen displayed.
Tonight I've dl'd and installed Souner 9 hoping for an improvement.
Thought I saw the same thing; left Ubuntu running and booted my laptop
to send this message. When I came back >10 min later the gray 'ubuntu'
desktop was visible with two blank menu/taskbars showing. Over the
next (quite a few) minutes these two began to populate. It's like
watching plants grow; the change is there but too slow to see.

Now some operations (e.g. menu selection) happen in normal time-frame,
and others (e.g. effect of menu selection, open or close a window)
take a v-e-r-y l-o-n-g time.

I have other issues: can't save to diskette, USB-drive or outside the
Linux /home directory and can't access internet. Thank goodness for a
laptop (and windoze I suppose).
* Ethernet LAN card is active (set manually during install, DHCP not
working well 4me)
* cannot see internet, cannot see router web interface, 
* ping [my ubuntu machine] response in 0.023 ms but 
* ping [this laptop OR router connecting both] = unknown or unreachable

I will report either or both of these in bugzilla if that's
appropriate. I have dmesg text saved - anybody have suggestions?


Please - use my NEW e-mail address:
  tim.rutherford at

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