jerry jdinardo at ix.netcom.com
Mon Jan 8 08:50:55 PST 2001

I have found that using hdparm to tune ide disks does far more to increase
application performance than anything else I have ever done.

hdparm -d1 /dev/hda increased performance of some io bound progs by up to
500 % on my  system  . Benchmark included with hdparm yields performance
increase from 3.5 MB/sec to 25.5 MB/sec; 

 I do not think performance increase will be that great with older ide drives.

Windows will use vendors drivers which will automatically give this kind of
performance ( at least on equipment I have used). I have only been able to
get performance equiv to NT by using hdparm.


> Subject: KDE2
> > Hi
> > 
> > I just installed KDE2 using Sergei's guide. I found that KDE2 runs 
> > slow. I'm
> > surprised since Win2k works just fine. Shouldn't Linux be faster 
> > than Win?
> > My question is, does compilation level have something to do with 
> > this? I
> > have Pentium II and used "-O2 -march=i386", should I move to 
> > higher opt
> > level?
> > 
> > Thanks.

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