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Old 02-17-2008, 12:36 AM
Phil Clyde
 
Default slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)

Try removing the ethernet cable...also is HD LOW LEVELED?
was any window product ever installed on HD?........
Just a thought...have experienced a few times .....
Phil
Best of Luck!!!
remove ethernet even if you are using a Static connection!


Bill Davidsen wrote:

Frank Cox wrote:

On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 10:43:37 +0000
Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> wrote:

Now I'm trying to install F8/x86_64 on it, and the installer is
running
amazingly slowly. It took about ten minutes before the initial
graphical
Probably wrong memory caching in the BIOS. That's a common cause of
those

symptoms. If so boot with mem=2G or be patient and once you've got it
installed take a look at /proc/mtrr and that will show which memory the
system marked as cached. If its wrong then you can tweak the settings
and/or beat up the BIOS vendor



You have definitely hit the nail on the head.

Booting with mem=2G makes this computer perform like it should.

This is an Intel DG33FB motherboard and I downloaded the latest bios,
version
0372 dated January 29. Unfortunately, that didn't solve the
problem. Booting

"normally" runs at the snail's pace that I previously mentioned.

Booting with mem=2G works fine, as I said.

The contents of /proc/mtrr when this machine is booted with mem=2G
are as

follows:

reg00: base=0x00000000 ( 0MB), size=2048MB: write-back, count=1
reg01: base=0x80000000 (2048MB), size=1024MB: write-back, count=1
reg02: base=0xc0000000 (3072MB), size= 256MB: write-back, count=1
reg03: base=0xcf800000 (3320MB), size= 8MB: uncachable, count=1
reg04: base=0xcf400000 (3316MB), size= 4MB: uncachable, count=1
reg05: base=0x100000000 (4096MB), size= 512MB: write-back, count=1
reg06: base=0x120000000 (4608MB), size= 128MB: write-back, count=1
reg07: base=0xd0000000 (3328MB), size= 256MB: write-combining, count=1

I looked in the bios setup and didn't see anything that obviously
appeared to
be a method for telling the machine how to handle memory caching. On
the other
hand, I have no idea what I'm looking for so that setting may be
staring me

right in the face and I'm not recognizing it.

So.... what should my next step be?

Post use the /proc/mtrr again (so we have it in one message) and the
output of "demsg | grep BIOS-e"


If you don't get output in 54 bit mode, just grep for BIOS and we'll
ignore the cruft. I think your BIOS is lying to the kernel, this will
tell.





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Old 02-17-2008, 12:54 AM
Frank Cox
 
Default slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)

On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 17:36:42 -0800
Phil Clyde <pclyde@usa-american.net> wrote:

> Try removing the ethernet cable

?? What would that change? (I can't try that for the next several hours as I
won't be in front of that computer again until later tonight. What am I
looking for if I remove the ethernet cable?

> ...also is HD LOW LEVELED?

Low level what? If you mean low-level formatting, I don't think that's been
possible to do with hard drives since the days of RLL and MFM. Tracking
information and whatnot is factory-written now and can't be over-written.

I did a complete install of F8, though, if that's what you're asking.

> was any window product ever installed on HD?........

Not to the best of my knowledge. The boys at the computer store put this
machine together yesterday afternoon and handed it to me. They do, of course,
sell Windows there but they know that I have no use or need for it and I can't
see any Windows stuff being installed on a new-out-of-the-box hard drive. On
the other hand, I didn't actually check when I set it up -- I just booted the
F8 install CD and started from there.

> remove ethernet even if you are using a Static connection!

Well, I do have a static IP address for that computer, but I still don't
understand what I'm supposed to be looking for....

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Old 02-17-2008, 09:32 AM
Da Rock
 
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> Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2008 17:36:42 -0800
> From: pclyde@usa-american.net
> To: fedora-list@redhat.com
> Subject: Re: slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)
>
> Try removing the ethernet cable...also is HD LOW LEVELED?
> was any window product ever installed on HD?........
> Just a thought...have experienced a few times .....
> Phil
> Best of Luck!!!
> remove ethernet even if you are using a Static connection!

I'll pipe up and say that mine was running windows. Other than that it was ok.
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Old 02-17-2008, 01:24 PM
Alan Cox
 
Default slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)

On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 19:54:52 -0600
Frank Cox <theatre@sasktel.net> wrote:

> On Sat, 16 Feb 2008 17:36:42 -0800
> Phil Clyde <pclyde@usa-american.net> wrote:
>
> > Try removing the ethernet cable
>
> ?? What would that change?

Nothing.

> > ...also is HD LOW LEVELED?
>
> Low level what? If you mean low-level formatting, I don't think that's been
> possible to do with hard drives since the days of RLL and MFM.

Correct (well the very earliest days of IDE), and it wouldn't affect
performance anyway.

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