[kwlug-disc] debian 5.0 (lenny) install goes faster by moving the mouse?

Robert P. J. Day rpjday at crashcourse.ca
Fri Jun 5 14:45:46 EDT 2009


On Fri, 5 Jun 2009, Chris Frey wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 12:12:54PM -0400, Robert P. J. Day wrote:
> >   no hard drive activity.  i was fairly careful -- when a package was
> > being configured and was taking more than just a few seconds, i'd
> > verify that neither the HD nor the DVD drive were active.  the instant
> > i moved the mouse, zoom, progress!  stop the mouse and, very quickly,
> > back to a quiet state.
> >
> >   has no one ever seen this behaviour before?  it's a new one on me.
>
> The only place I've seen this sort of behaviour is when I use
> Mozilla on Debian (etch and lenny) with an X config using VESA
> drivers. I click on a webpage link, and it doesn't load until I move
> the mouse. I usually don't wait very long before moving the mouse,
> so I don't know how long it would ultimately take, but it is a
> noticable hiccup. It doesn't seem to affect any other app.
>
> I haven't seen it during the install, but I used the text mode install
> last time, as I recall.

  just did another test on this and, weirdly, even text mode now
configures packages during install excruciatingly slowly.  right now,
the install progress bar is at 71%, "Configuring ftp".  it's been
there for the last 45 seconds.  and now, i press ENTER a few times ...
zoom!  and i hold down the ENTER key, it just smokes along.  that's
just weird.  and thoroughly annoying.

rday
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