Hardware requirements

James Richard Tyrer tyrerj at acm.org
Wed Aug 4 15:06:24 BST 2004

olig9 at gmx.de wrote:
> Hi,
> what are the hardware requirements for KDE 3 to run smoothly? I had a 
> look at http://www.kde.org/info/requirements/3.1.php but it only lists 
> software requirements :(
> At the moment I'm using a P3 with 500MHz and 512MB, and it takes some 
> time for KDE applications to start up. Is my system too weak, or can I 
> configure KDE to run faster?

That should be sufficient.  IIUC, it should run about as fast as windows on such 
a setup.

It is possible that your hard disk controller isn't setup correctly in Linux.

As root, run:

	hdparm -t -T /dev/<disk>

and see what the "Timing buffered disk reads:" rating is.  If it is < 20 MB/sec, 
then check your setup.

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