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I just installed gentoo, and I thought it was working fine, but its very slow. When using emerge with no terminal it lags the text on *****x. When in x ...
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    Gentoo is VERY slow


    I just installed gentoo, and I thought it was working fine, but its very slow. When using emerge with no terminal it lags the text on *****x. When in x my load average is VERY high in the 4-5's, and the computer freezes for like 10 seconds at a time. Its something to do wtih transfering large files. When i used ftp to transfer a 2 gig file it went V E R Y slow and toke forever. The comp has an AMD 3200 with a gig of ram so this is definitly a problem. I use ext2 on /dev/hda3

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    You should be using EXT3 or ResierFS these days. Try turning DMA on.

    Plus, do you have a swap partition, and is it turned on? cat /proc/meminfo
    200mhz Pentium 1 with MMX, 128mb RAM, 10gb Seagate HDD. Beastly.

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    The filesystem should not make it lag as bad as its lagging, its locking for like 10 seconds on a 2gb file =S...
    rub3x@Force ~ $ cat /proc/meminfo
    MemTotal: 904592 kB
    MemFree: 22592 kB
    Buffers: 17076 kB
    Cached: 617908 kB
    SwapCached: 0 kB
    Active: 456904 kB
    Inactive: 387264 kB
    HighTotal: 0 kB
    HighFree: 0 kB
    LowTotal: 904592 kB
    LowFree: 22592 kB
    SwapTotal: 506036 kB
    SwapFree: 503476 kB
    Dirty: 1688 kB
    Writeback: 0 kB
    Mapped: 248328 kB
    Slab: 31828 kB
    CommitLimit: 958332 kB
    Committed_AS: 264932 kB
    PageTables: 1216 kB
    VmallocTotal: 122804 kB
    VmallocUsed: 592 kB
    VmallocChunk: 122212 kB
    rub3x@Force ~ $

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    No, but I'd still recommend using EXT3 or ResierFS over EXT2 any day.

    Try turning DMA on:
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    hdparm -d 1 /dev/hda
    200mhz Pentium 1 with MMX, 128mb RAM, 10gb Seagate HDD. Beastly.

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    I read a thread about that command somewhere else, I get this output when doing it:
    Force rub3x # hdparm -d1 /dev/hda

    /dev/hda:
    setting using_dma to 1 (on)
    HDIO_SET_DMA failed: Operation not permitted
    using_dma = 0 (off)
    Force rub3x #

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    What make and model is your drive, and the same for your motherboard (I'm guessing old).

    Edit: Also, make sure you have DMA capability in your kernel.
    200mhz Pentium 1 with MMX, 128mb RAM, 10gb Seagate HDD. Beastly.

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    Not old..Maxtor 140 GB, and a gigabyte k7 triton...No idea about kernel.

    EDIT: CONFIG_GENERIC_ISA_DMA=y is in config file if thats what you're looking for?

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    No.
    Code:
    CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDEDMA_PCI=y
    CONFIG_IDEDMA_PCI_AUTO=y
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    CONFIG_BLK_DEV_IDEDMA_PCI=y
    CONFIG_IDEDMA_PCI_AUTO=y

    My config file ^

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    7NNXP?

    Edit: Is your drive SATA?
    200mhz Pentium 1 with MMX, 128mb RAM, 10gb Seagate HDD. Beastly.

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