I've tried a couple distros Mandrake 10, SuSe, Ubuntu, Gentoo and finally settled on Debian Sarge. But with each and every one it takes ages for any app to load. It takes about 8seconds for firefox to load and about 20 seconds for the OpenOffice progress box to display when openning writter. This isn't the best computer 256mb of ram, amd duron process, not sure the hard drive speed, but it seems they should be starting a little faster.
I'm not too sure where to begin. I've read about hdparm and experimented with it but haven't noticed a difference.
If I run lsmod it shows a whole bunch of modules being used by nothing, or so it seams. But stuff like netsemi shows 0 under used by, but if I end it I can't get online since it's used by my network card. So I don't know how to go about determining which modules I need and don't need.
I'm running gnome since the parents use that computer and need something similar to windows to function so changing wm is out of the questions unless they'res a littler one which looks similar.