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Fedora 16 much slower than Fedora 15 [closed]

asked 2011-11-12 17:39:15 -0600

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updated 2014-09-30 15:00:03 -0600

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I've noticed that fedora 16 is painfully slow, comparable to windows vista in speed, or worse. It's running much slower than Fedora 15, but I'm only using 10% of my RAM, 0% of my swap and about 20-ish percent of one CPU core. Has anyone else noticed this and if so how can I fix it?

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Closed for the following reason question is not relevant or outdated by zoltanh721
close date 2014-06-27 17:23:07.695175


Very true, I got a Quad Core AMD 3GHz with 8 Gb and an nVidia FX275 working with FC14 in good conditions, sadly I "up-graded" to FC16 and everything started to go like the molases.

VCalvoP gravatar imageVCalvoP ( 2013-03-07 11:48:37 -0600 )edit

but I also noticed it. loading, searching with gnome shell applications,shutting down and etc are little bit slow but bootchart helped me identify processes causing bottleneck

mariakatosvich gravatar imagemariakatosvich ( 2016-09-09 01:16:23 -0600 )edit

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answered 2011-11-14 02:42:57 -0600

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that's strange - on my machine, F16 is much quicker than F15, especially when booting up.

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Because you don't have one of the new nVidia GPUs. Mine doesn't work in a graphic tasks CAD and another program in the background. It sucks. Besides I and fed up with gnome3.4

VCalvoP gravatar imageVCalvoP ( 2013-03-07 11:51:11 -0600 )edit

answered 2012-01-30 05:43:27 -0600

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Run tracker-control and see if the tracker is running. It does cause some slowdowns when it's indexing in gnome3.

Everyone else whose used the answer field to join in without answering the query, please delete them and add them as comments to the question. I'll delete them in a few days when I clean up.

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Tracker is used in gnome3 for indexing to make searches faster. For instance, the search box that comes up when you hit the activity corner. It does take quite some CPU when it's running, but that's very infrequent. I let it run personally. But yes, quite a few folks choose to turn it off.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-01-30 10:14:51 -0600 )edit

Bump for cleanup! You can delete this comment too.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2012-12-13 16:12:21 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-11-15 23:26:13 -0600

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I just "upgraded" from F14 (which worked great) because it is reaching end of life, but find F16 to be PAINFULLY slow as well. By this I mean that it takes a long time for my typing to appear. It takes a long time for clicks to be acknowledged. It takes a long time for programs to load. It is just ridiculously slow operating. (and no, it is not just latency in the display -- cursor movements are immediate). My CPU is not bogged down either (at least not by any process seen with top -- I suppose it is possible I'm rootkitted, but how? When?) Vista was this slow, and it is no longer installed.

As an example, if I click on the scroll button for the browser, it takes ~1.5 seconds to respond.

To answer some questions asked, this is a new install. It is up to date, but I booted into the 3.1.0-7.fc16.x86_64 kernel because alsa wasn't working (it didn't help). I have proprietary video drivers (nvidia GeForce 8800 GTX). I have a phenom 4x processor and 8G RAM, but this feels like a 8086 with 64K.

I am an experienced Linux user, but I'm stumped. Hopefully someone here can give me a clue... I would be eternally grateful to not have to switch distros. I have about a dozen other major complaints, but I want to stay on topic. I am not impressed so far.

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answered 2012-02-06 17:33:31 -0600

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If all else fails, you can go into your Fedora 15 or 16 Hard drive settings and format (erase's everything)and then install the new Fedora 16; that's what I did and mine is super fast. Out with the old and in with the new, what I always say. Mine is a 100GB hard drive. If yours is a 40GB HD or 50GB HD or so, that will not hold much before the hard drive fills up.

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answered 2012-03-16 19:06:58 -0600

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Are you running Nvidia? Is your card/chipest compatible with the proprietary drivers?

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answered 2011-11-13 19:17:07 -0600

I found that FC 15 is much more smoother during starting up and much faster during shutdown.

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Useful to quantify by showing the output of say systemd-analyze blame

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2011-11-13 19:42:19 -0600 )edit

answered 2011-11-16 07:16:31 -0600

For me it was the Problem by NVidia-Drivers. After i made an upgrade to Rawhide (rpmfusion-nonfree) my Fedora 16 is running fast. Can be it helps you too...

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answered 2011-11-12 21:38:24 -0600

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I don't know it's for another reason, but I also noticed it. loading, searching with gnome shell applications,shuttingdown and etc are little bit slow.

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answered 2013-12-17 12:06:41 -0600

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Pitch out and get 20

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answered 2012-01-09 13:24:49 -0600

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I noticed the slowdown when I upgraded last week from Fedora 15. Waking up from the screen saver, which used to be instantaneous, not takes about 10 seconds. And in Firefox web pages load very slowly. I am not using nvidea's drivers.

Machine is Dell Latitude D630 with GM 965 chip and Mesa 7.11.2-1.

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Have you cleaned up after the upgrade?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2012-01-30 10:15:29 -0600 )edit

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