Fast clocks on slow hardware
Posted Jun 24, 2005 13:53 UTC (Fri) by evgeny
In reply to: Fast clocks on slow hardware
Parent article: What to merge for 2.6.13?
As others have put it, it's hardly the clock rate that made the difference.
Recently, I've installed Ubuntu on an old 266MHz PII PC. The thing was so dreadfully slow that even the pointer motion had an observable delay (sure enough, the default animated pointer theme didn't help). Then I recompiled the kernel enabling only the needed features/drivers - and it literally flies since then! I highly recommend you try recompiling the kernel; I do it for all systems I own/administer (and of course for Gentoo and like this is the normal setup procedure). The stock kernels of modern binary distros have so much mess enabled by default that I sometimes wonder how these work at all ;-)
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