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Thread: back again with minor success, and a weirder problem... EDIT- Woo hoo!!

  1. #1
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    back again with minor success, and a weirder problem... EDIT- Woo hoo!!

    Well, I just decided to give up on that Broadcom 4210 HomePNA 2.0 card, and instead, for now, decided to take that out and switch to my older, AMD-based, HomePNA 1.0 card. The good news is, it was detected and set up perfectly fine, and I now have Internet access in Mandrake 9.2! (that's where I'm typing this)

    The bad news?

    For some weird reason, everything is running really slowly now. Pretty much everything, from the speed of the menus, to the loading of and things such as the Mandrake Control Center, the file manager, and pretty much anything else has gotten extremely slow. The video performance of the visual effects in XMMS is completely pitiful... And I don't know why it'd be doing this just because I switched network cards. I noticed that during setup of the card, before it was actually connected, things sped up to normal for a couple minutes, but after I finished setting up the card, it's gotten really slow again. I decided to wipe everything out (since I hadn't really done much of anything) and do a fresh reinstall of Linux, and I'm still having the same problem. This network card is also working fine in Windows XP, and I haven't noticed any system slowdown there.

    Here some system specs:

    AMD Athlon XP 2500+
    256MB DDR RAM
    nVidia GeForce DDR (32MB)

    If any more details are needed, I can post back.

    Any ideas on why it got so slow all of a sudden, and how to fix this?

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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    What do the first 10 lines of a 'top' readout look like? Just type 'top' in a terminal, and paste the first 10 apps that are running. It should show what's taking up the system load.

  3. #3
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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    This is what came up when I entered that command:

    top - 17:01:53 up 3 min, 1 user, load average: 0.48, 0.57, 0.25
    Tasks: 69 total, 2 running, 67 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
    Cpu(s): 0.7% user, 2.3% system, 0.0% nice, 97.0% idle
    Mem: 255780k total, 138708k used, 117072k free, 8664k buffers
    Swap: 506008k total, 0k used, 506008k free, 71068k cached

    PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ COMMAND
    2591 zerosky 17 0 984 984 792 R 1.3 0.4 0:01.36 top
    1627 root 17 -10 58516 8864 1936 S 0.7 3.5 0:07.47 X
    2556 zerosky 18 0 15032 14m 12m R 0.3 5.9 0:05.42 kdeinit
    1 root 8 0 500 496 448 S 0.0 0.2 0:05.32 init
    2 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 keventd
    3 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kapmd
    4 root 18 19 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 ksoftirqd_CPU0
    5 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kswapd
    6 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 bdflush
    7 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kupdated
    8 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kinoded
    9 root -1 -20 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 mdrecoveryd
    10 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 kswsuspd
    14 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.07 kjournald
    131 root 9 0 1188 1188 748 S 0.0 0.5 0:01.36 devfsd
    256 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 khubd
    463 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.01 kjournald
    636 root 9 0 0 0 0 S 0.0 0.0 0:00.00 knodemgrd_0

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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    huummms - well maybe a irq conflict with the video card? i don't know why that would matter because mine shares the irq, you could move the card to anither PCI slot.

    [me=pbharris]is reaching here...[/me]

  5. #5
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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    Okay, I'll try moving it to another slot, and see what happens...

  6. #6
    Guest

    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    I've moved it to a different slot, and now it won't work at all... I went through the wizard, and it's detecting the card fine, but nothing works. It's all configured the same as it was before, but under LAN configuration, it lists it's state as "down". I clicked the button, "Configure Local Area Network", and from there clicked the "Activate now" button, and it just sits there with the button down for at least a couple minutes, then finishes, but it's still listed as down. I also noticed that the lights on the back or the card are not lit. Not sure what I should do from here...

    Also, during all this, with the network card down, system speed has gone back to normal.

  7. #7
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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    I can't figure out what the problem is... The network card seems to refuse to work in this slot, when I'm using Linux. It still works fine in Windows XP, but I've tried everything I can think of, including reinstallation, and it still won't work... I may just try another PCI slot, and see what happens...

  8. #8
    Guest

    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    ...well, this is just dandy.

    I've moved the card to another slot, and now Linux is back to being pathetically slow, and the card still won't work, same as before.

    (I thought Linux was supposed to be great with networks?)

  9. #9
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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    Yet another PCI slot.

    Card still does not work.

    System is now only a little slower than normal, not as much as it was before.


    ...WTF??

  10. #10
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    Re:back again with minor success, and a weirder problem...

    I've tried every PCI slot in the system, and still no luck. And now I'm more confused than ever. I've moved it back to the original PCI slow, and as result, Linux has gotten really slow again, but now I can't even get the card to work right... I've tried everything I can think of, and it still doesn't work correctly, and I don't have the faintest idea what is the problem... Can't think of anything else to do, so I guess I'll try reinstalling... Again...

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