[svlug] How reliable are LiveCD HD installs?
james at linuxrebel.org
Thu Sep 29 21:47:50 PDT 2005
On Thu, 2005-09-29 at 17:44 -0600, Skip Evans wrote:
> Hey all,
> As you know from previous posts, or not, I've been
> playing with various live CDs, and checking them
> out to see which one I wanted to load down onto
> this old machine I acquired to make a spare
> workstation. I'm stashing it at my biggest
> client's place, where I spend a lot of time these
> Anyway, I have so far tried Mepis, Knoppix,
> Feather and Damn Small Linux (and a couple more I
> can't remember off the top of my head). DSL was my
> favorite, having all the typical apps I need on a
> workstation to develop PHP code.
> However, Knoppix is the only one that will load
> and then function! Weird things happened like
> Feather would start booting, and then the screen
> just filled up with '9's and then froze. DSL just
> froze right off the bat when trying to boot from
> the HD.
> I realize that this is an old machine, and
> therefore suspect (Pentium I, 466 Mhz, 256MB ram
> and a 40GB hard drive -- thanks again, Lisa! --),
2 points of note. Are you sure on the pI? You see, my 500mhz with
256mb ram and a 20GB HDD is a pIII, I thought (and could be wrong) that
the fastest pI was 233mhz.
Next comes what it runs. (My system) Mandrake LE2005 I use XFCE (I
like ice or WindowMaker better but in this version of xorg they are a
bit flaky at times) No sweat. Believe it or not I can read e-mail on
it as fast as I can on my desktop running at 3ghz (I've timed it!).
Things I've found that really speed up a slow box (in rough order)
1. More Ram
2. Turning off things I don't need/use (You don't need postfix to read
mail, no matter what you are told. Have another box run your mail
3. Drop the eye candy
4. Add a faster HDD (This makes a noticeable jump) or make sure that
your HDD is running optimally.
5. Buy a better video card ( Tom's Hardware ran a 100 CPU shootout a
couple of years back. They found a Mobo that would take an AGP video
card and 256 MB or ram. It won the Half Like benchmark)
7. FSB speed. Faster Ram!
8. buy a faster CPU.
My experience has been that people tend to run this list in the opposite
order. But unless you compile or render a lot. Most of that 3ghz in
those 2 cpu's is turning to heat not productivity.
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