Old pc faster than ecent

Brad Johnson brad at bkjohnson.com
Fri Dec 15 06:00:37 UTC 2006

On Thu, 2006-12-14 at 14:36 -0200, Hervé Fache wrote:
> On 12/14/06, Andrew Zajac <arzajac at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The laptop has less ram than the desktop.  The desktop does not swap
> > because there is more ram available.
> Yes, but once it's all up, it uses less memory than there is, so the
> problem is somewhere else.
> Did you check that the hard disk(s) had DMA enabled?
> sudo hdparm /dev/hda
> Hervé.

If SWAP is used, then there isn't enough RAM. It IS that simple.

You could probably pick at services and shut things down to help the
problem but the main cause of laptop slowness is RAM and HDD speed.

Find yourself a 7200RPM replacement HDD and Install at least 512MB of
RAM. You will find the performance will increase incredibly. If you
can't afford the new HDD then at least upgrade the RAM. 256K is not

Personally, I don't know why anyone would buy a laptop WITHOUT a 7200RPM


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