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by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:43 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

ok i see you're not really trying to help so i'll leave this for now.. to be clear: all i want is for the memory management to work better so my system doesn't need a reset. I have some background in computer science. the OS should never become this unresponsive unless there's hardware problem. and ...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:17 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

thanks but i'm really not here for a discussion of my work habits or OS choice. i was using Xp until it died, and Mint is the most recommended "newbie" free OS. i'm using Mint, have a problem with Mint, now I have Mint installed, this is a relatively straightforward problem, and I want to continue u...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:07 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

well its nice to be unique, though i'd expect lots of people to make heavy use of web browsers.

ok
vm.min_free_kbytes=128000 actually seems to be helping

anyone know some particularly heavy web sites?
slashdot is one, bbc maybe..
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

i'm using system monitor and terminal, but looking at the hard drive led also tells me what's happening :) yeah i think reducing swappiness made things worse.. the problem is the system apparently does nothing until all of a sudden its out of RAM and dies. so paging earlier might be a good idea. it'...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:40 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

ah at link above "oom_kill is only called if you run out of memory (both swap and RAM)" so that's why it isnt auto killing my apps, just paging heavily.. some sanity is needed here i.e. if paging takes longer than x seconds, kill the app. any setting like that? i might also reduce my swap partition ...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:19 pm
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

woah.. right :) ok i want to run Mint11 because i have used Mint before, and because its based on Ubuntu 11.04 and supports all my hardware. are those upstream issues relevant here? other distros may also work with my hardware but i don't want to spend a lot of time trying them all, and probably fin...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 11:00 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

yes, i have a lot of tabs open because i need to. got used to working that way. i'd rather use a different computer or OS than have fewer tabs :) firefox memory usage is insane but not a lot i can do about that.. chrome is actually worse with large numbers of tabs. just turned on "virtual memory" in...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 10:37 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

thanks, i actually didn't know you could run two firefox profiles at once, so will try that. but i don't want to commit further to using Mint without some hope of resolving this, as there are other things i need to do which involve running multiple apps. going back to running one app a time seems li...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:50 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

Re: open 2 web browsers - system unresponsive or locks hard

another little factoid: in WinXP, firefox memory use typically grew to around 1.7GB before i'd have severe out of memory related problems and need to restart firefox. the mouse pointer was never unresponsive though. in Mint11, firefox mem use is currently around 1GB (in system monitor) with a simila...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:47 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: outstanding job on Mint11

oh dear. run into a major problem with memory management, started new thread here: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=77380 update: summarising the bugs i've found so far (<1 week into Mint11) 1) memory management / paging slowdown on my fast PC http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.ph...
by Smiff2
Mon Jul 18, 2011 9:37 am
Forum: Newbie Questions
Topic: [solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks
Replies: 50
Views: 4975

[solved] open 2 web browsers system unresponsive or locks

ok, some background: previously used Mint7 and 9 on netbooks with slow SSDs, so wasn't particularly surprised by performance issues running multiple apps. at the weekend installed Mint11 64bit Gnome on my main desktop (Athlon dual core 2.5Ghz, 2GB RAM, Samsung SSD, swap file on 7200rpm HDD) basicall...
by Smiff2
Sun Jul 17, 2011 6:31 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: outstanding job on Mint11

ok thanks.. this is probably a stupid question but what's the nearest ubuntu equivalent of something like "system restore" that lets you back out bad system updates etc..?
by Smiff2
Sun Jul 17, 2011 4:08 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: outstanding job on Mint11

the win continues. have a GeForce 8800GS in this machine.. don't really play games any more but wanted the performance. just held my breath and installed the recommended nvidia driver through the popup (wasn't sure whether to follow nVidia instructions and disable Nouveau or..), reboot... and first ...
by Smiff2
Sun Jul 17, 2011 9:41 am
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: outstanding job on Mint11

thanks, i am going primarily for "everything works out of the box" and for this latest release is the way to go i think. It could just be my odd hardware but i've always noticed fewer issues, there are rarely regressions (Intel issue with laptops in 9.04 comes to mind, sorted now i think). not sure ...
by Smiff2
Sat Jul 16, 2011 4:04 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

Re: outstanding job on Mint11

something else.. my intention was to stick with the LTS release but, by my dodgy maths since that's now a year older it'll only be supported for 6 months longer than 11.04, is that correct? and given the improved hardware support, using the latest version ALWAYS seems to be the way to go with debian...
by Smiff2
Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Chat about Linux Mint
Topic: outstanding job on Mint11
Replies: 11
Views: 1248

outstanding job on Mint11

so i've been away from Mint for a year. have done two installs of it this week. one was an old WinXP machine with AV slowdown issues and a non-working scanner (Lide 50). installed Mint11 as experiment - everything worked! scanner, printer, etc all picked up and working "out of the box". today my XP ...
by Smiff2
Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:06 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Best Filesystem for a SSD?
Replies: 8
Views: 2131

Re: Best Filesystem for a SSD?

can't tell. paste the whole output e.g. mine is Commands/features: Enabled Supported: * SMART feature set Security Mode feature set * Power Management feature set * Write cache * Look-ahead * Host Protected Area feature set * WRITE_BUFFER command * READ_BUFFER command * NOP cmd * DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE ...
by Smiff2
Sat Jul 16, 2011 2:01 pm
Forum: Installation & Boot
Topic: Best Filesystem for a SSD?
Replies: 8
Views: 2131

Re: Best Filesystem for a SSD?

intersting, when i use that cmd: sudo hdparm -I /dev/sd? | egrep "/dev/|Model|Enabled|TRIM" it tells me *all* my hdds are "Enabled Supported" which is obviously wrong as 2 of them are rotating old hard drives :) anyway using just sudo hdparm -I /dev/sda on my old Samsung SSD shows no mention of Trim...
by Smiff2
Sat Oct 30, 2010 6:25 pm
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Release: Linux Mint 10 RC
Replies: 224
Views: 130518

Re: Release: Linux Mint 10 RC

mint10 makes a very nice drive partitioning live CD/USB I couldn't get Gparted live, PartedMagic, UBCD etc to work. none of them would start on one of my old computers, even trying every safe mode etc option they had. Mint10 worked first time and boots faster than them anyway! so thanks even if i do...
by Smiff2
Tue Oct 26, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Releases & Announcements
Topic: Release: Linux Mint 10 RC
Replies: 224
Views: 130518

Re: Release: Linux Mint 10 RC

can't really understand you sorry, but if mint can't include a bug fixed installer, it should have a massive warning telling user what not to use! or, a fixed installer..

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