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> Pdaxii13 5.3.3 Akita Full Install -- Poor Performance ?
joewandy
post Nov 5 2007, 01:57 AM
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Is there any further tips to improve performance on a pdaXii13 5.3.3 installation on Akita ?

I have removed scim as mentioned in the following post (http://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=22798&st=45&p=153264&#entry153264), and also enabled swap partition.

Despite above steps, opening more than 1 program, eg. FBReader and xmms would cause menu redraw and windows dragging to be much slower than usual. The system feels much more responsive under Sharp / Cacko ROM.

Am I constrained by hardware limitation of the c1000, or there is anything more that I can tweak/modify to improve the system's responsiveness ?
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Capn_Fish
post Nov 5 2007, 11:33 AM
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There's almost always something you can do, but it depends on how far you want to go. For instance, I run EvilWM (almost excruciatingly light window manager) because it speeds up the system a good bit, but you lost most of the eye candy.
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scheck.r
post Nov 6 2007, 01:37 AM
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QUOTE(joewandy @ Nov 5 2007, 10:57 AM) *
Is there any further tips to improve performance on a pdaXii13 5.3.3 installation on Akita ?

I have removed scim as mentioned in the following post (http://www.oesf.org/forum/index.php?showtopic=22798&st=45&p=153264&#entry153264), and also enabled swap partition.

Despite above steps, opening more than 1 program, eg. FBReader and xmms would cause menu redraw and windows dragging to be much slower than usual. The system feels much more responsive under Sharp / Cacko ROM.

Am I constrained by hardware limitation of the c1000, or there is anything more that I can tweak/modify to improve the system's responsiveness ?

PdaXrom cannot be lighter than Sharp / Cacko as it is running X(well tiny X but still) which alone is quite heavy for the Z. You can feel it when running games or videos inside and outside X environment. But on the other hand thanks to X we can run almost whatever linux desktop application, we can have moving windows, taskbar, pager, ... Do you have this on Cacko ?

What you can do is:
- upgrade to pdaxii 5.4.9(many things have been fixed and enhanced so it could speed things up a bit) or better upgrade to pdaxiiv2
- use a swap file
- if possible, do not use solid window dragging(I know it is possible with fluxbox, icewm, evilwm, jwm but don't know for openbox)
- use quasar mediaplayer instead of xmms (it's lighter, prettier and the dev is an oesf member)
- if you want to use xmms, use ALT + stylus to dragg the xmms window, it is much faster
- use gpicview instead of gqview(I know you will love it)
- if possible, do not use rox pinboard
- you can try xfe 1.0 to replace rox + gqview + leafpad (you will run fewer processes this way since xfe has an included image and text viewer ala Tree!ExplorerQT Plus(nice peace of application by the way))
- use keyboard shortcuts instead of navigating in the gtk apps menus with the stylus(remember you can redefine quite a bunch of shortcut keybindings if you enable gtk-key-accels in your .gtk2.0rc file, I know it works for rox, leafpad, gqview, gnumeric, mtpaint, but not for abiword mad.gif )
- use nano 2.0.6 instead of leafpad
- As Capnfish said, you can try evilwm but then you won't have eye candy but it sure is extremely light.
- and of course you could use CLI for many things, writing scripts and so on but I don't think this is what you want

Hope this helps
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joewandy
post Nov 6 2007, 08:08 AM
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thanks a lot scheck.r ! much appreciated ...
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yatza
post Nov 9 2007, 12:18 PM
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joewandy: with pdaXii13v2 5.5.0-alpha4 (at least on Akita) I've noticed quite poor performance of icewm. For some reason it may end up using up 90% of CPU when running just few apps (or for example only XMMS playing some mp3). The responsiveness of the system is not great. I had no time/chance to incestigate that in more details, but icewm was doing fine in older versions of pdaXii. Also in the same 5.5.0-alpha4 version the openbox is more usable and so far it did not show any lockups or unusual CPU usage.
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post Nov 15 2007, 07:18 PM
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QUOTE(yatza @ Nov 10 2007, 06:18 AM) *
joewandy: with pdaXii13v2 5.5.0-alpha4 (at least on Akita) I've noticed quite poor performance of icewm. For some reason it may end up using up 90% of CPU when running just few apps (or for example only XMMS playing some mp3). The responsiveness of the system is not great. I had no time/chance to incestigate that in more details, but icewm was doing fine in older versions of pdaXii. Also in the same 5.5.0-alpha4 version the openbox is more usable and so far it did not show any lockups or unusual CPU usage.



pdaXii13 has both openbox and icewm. At some stage icewm has been set as the default but you can always switch using xselect
in pdaXiiv2, openbox has been improved and works much better than before. i recommend to switch back to openbox, icewm has not been upgraded yet.
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yatza
post Nov 26 2007, 02:07 PM
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That's what I did -- I switched to opebox and I now happily use number of apps running in parallel. Openbox in 5.5 alpha4 is very usable and responsive. Thanks Meanie for putting this all together smile.gif

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Yatza
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