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James Wilkinson wrote:
Norm wrote:

Thanks James, before I emailed the list I checked cpuinfo, the
information is not as clear as I had hoped.
Erm -- no. It's quite clear.

You've got one of the rather rare Via chips. These work, and don't take
much energy, but don't perform that well. They also count as "i586" era
chips as far as Linux is concerned (so don't try installing i686
kernels. Normally this isn't something you worry about.)

Having said that, for *most* of what one does in Linux, processor
performance isn't that important.

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : CentaurHauls
cpu family      : 6
model           : 7
model name      : VIA Ezra
stepping        : 10
cpu MHz         : 735.020
cache size      : 64 KB
If you can get Fedora to install (try a text mode, minimal install, and
yum install just what you need later), and carefully cut down running
services to what you need, this should be perfectly usable.

You may get on better with XFCE than Gnome or KDE.

What sort of graphics card do you have? Is it taking memory from the
main system? Can you minimise this through your system BIOS?

Hope this helps,

James.

James
When I tried to find out more about the Via chip the slowest chip was an 800 chip according to anything I could find so I did not feel I could rely on the info that much. The Graphics card is a Silicone Integrated Systems 630/730 PCI/AGP VGA Display Adapter. As I mentioned it is on a test box. I run Gnome on it and have not don anything with the BIOS etc to enhance its performance as it still works even when I load it with a number of services, mind you the over load of services probably accounts for why I reinstall about every 2 weeks or so. I have loaded other distros on it and find that some like Ubuntu run marginally better than FC6 but the difference is not significant . The biggest drawback is the box is slow but, then what else should I expect given the hardware I could always give Microfat a try I suppose but why?





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