I appreciate the suggestions, Peter. I picked up a new card over the
   weekend, and have been working through getting that installed. You'll
   probably see a new note to the list later today on that, since my
   impressions of the installation processes are dropping by the minute.
   Bill
   Peter Ryan wrote:

 

  

-----Original Message-----
Bill Schmitt (SW)
Sent: Saturday, September 11, 2004 17:37
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Subject: Need advice






Considering all of that, my questions are:
- Am I being unrealistic in choosing a machine with a 300MHz
processor?
- If I add another 128MB of memory, should I expect to see a
dramatic improvement?
- Could the graphics adapter itself be the bottleneck?
- If I picked up a newer graphics adapter that was supported
by xorg, would a switch to 5.x and/or xorg be expected to
pick up the speed a bit?

Thanks to anyone who might help fill in the blanks.

Bill


I am an ultra newbie to everything *nix, so bear that in
mind when considering what I write.

I would watch out for your swap space setting.
One of my 'play' machines has only 64MB memory.
When i set swap too big (512MB on one occasion),
the KDE desktop ran like a dead dog. Switching back
to a more reasonable swap fixed that problem.

I had been installing from the 4.10R CD, included
KDE selected as a desktop. This installed a KDE
package from the CD.  This caused me no end of problems
when I tried to install some other packages wanting
more recent versions of things KDE used.

I may have chosen poorly when selecting what
to do about that, but I have now settled on an install
procedure which seems to avoid most of the problems
I have encountered - so far :)

I install from the 4.10CD, and only select cvsup from
the package collection.  I dont install a desktop from the
list offered during the sysinstall.
I then rebuild the ports completely using cvsup.
I then install /usr/ports/sysutils/portupgrade.
I then run portsdb -Uu
Then I upgrade the few packages that are already
there (primarily XFree86) with portupgrade -a.

This procedure has served me well so far. It is based
on the OnLamp article and much assistance from
Matthew Seaman and others on this list.

[2]http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2003/08/07/FreeBSD_Basics.html
[3]http://www.onlamp.com/lpt/a/4111
and the patch suggested by Matthew for a portsdb problem,which worked.
[4]http://archive.pilgerer.org/mharc/html/freebsd-questions/2004-09/msg00563.ht
ml

Once that is done i go on with whatever packages
I want to try, including the desktop.

I found the best place to look through the questions mailing list is
[5]http://archive.pilgerer.org/mharc/html/freebsd-questions/
The layout of threads is excellent

Hope something here helps
Peter

References

   1. mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
   2. http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/bsd/2003/08/07/FreeBSD_Basics.html
   3. http://www.onlamp.com/lpt/a/4111
   4. http://archive.pilgerer.org/mharc/html/freebsd-questions/2004-09/msg00563.ht
   5. http://archive.pilgerer.org/mharc/html/freebsd-questions/
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