Save Settings


I'm having difficulty getting anything to save settings, i.e.,
Mozilla won't keep the bookmark for; I have to type it in.

I also have a custom date format I use in OO that disappears every time I close the program.

Completely clueless. Maybe I could get one of the Pacers over here to shoot it. Any hints?

Kubuntu 6 on Compaq M2000.



What distribution (Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, etc.) are you using? How are you logging in? Are you using a live CD?


Hi Michael,

I downloaded the x86 Kubuntu 6 iso, burned & installed it. I now have to log in as user unless I boot to service mode (that sudo thing is something I'll have to get used to). -Not bright enough to hack that yet.

All the bookmarks (Mozilla) are imported from the Win part., and have stuck since installing, but I can't seem to add new ones lately. I don't recall ever having the date setting in OO stick.

I've run several updates since then, and wasn't incredibly observant as to which ones... Think I may have installed an errant security patch?

-Hold that thought, I just enabled all the permissions for the bookmarks file - will get back to you on that in a minute...

(Possibly) a separate issue; every few minutes, my HDD thrashes, and everything crawls for about 30 sec. What have I done to this poor machine?



No go on the permissions, unless there is another bookmarks file I don't know about.



Okay, Mozilla's issue is gone now; don't know why.

The other issue remains, every 10 min. (+/- 30 sec.), the system slows to unuseable for the better part of a minute.



When it is slow, have a command terminal ready to type in "top" and see what is going on.

Dave Brown


Thank you, Dave.

Right now, under what I consider normal circumstances, I have 2 OO docs open, 2 tabs under Mozilla, a Konsole terminal, and the Character Map utility. The list goes something like:
95 processes, 1 active, 93 sleeping, 1 zombie.
CPU numbers are 2-10% used, and all zeroes except the idle.

(That zombie doesn't sound great.)

When it's going through it's little seizure, the delay in Alt+Tab only lets me see it fall from 40% back to normal.

It does appear, though, that a root process called "Kicker", and the user process, "kdepanel" are the ones w/ high CPU percentages when it finally flips over.

What would you do w/ numbers like that?

lack of help

I'm in the same boat as you I guess. The kicker is the main KDE panel I think, and I use Gnome...although if it was a Gnome issue I'd ask Michael.

Perhaps a graphics driver issue, maybe update your Nvidia or ATI driver?

Dave Brown


How much ram does this system have? An M2000 has a relatively low clock speed Celeron M processor. With a smaller amount of ram (256MB or less) the system may be swapping out to disk and thus would have noticible slowness.

good catch

Good catch! I change my answer to RAM!

Dave Brown

Memory Tuning / Defragging

Much appreciated, guys!

The M2000 has a 1.5GHz Celeron, but you're right (and so are you, too, Dave!), it only has 256Mb RAM.

Bear in mind I'm a (very) recent refugee from Micro$oft, so I don't know how the kernel handles RAM access, or if it is tune-able. Is it necessary (or just a good idea) to defrag the RAM? If so, does anyone recommend an ap?

Your next beers are on me,

Do a "top" and see what apps

Do a "top" and see what apps are chewing up RAM. Also look at what daemons (services) startup on boot and shut off the ones you don't need. Other than that, buy more RAM. I tried running X with 128M once.....once. 256 is the "bare minimum." Or in the famous scene from office space:

Stan: I need to talk about your flair.
Joanna: Really? I have 15 buttons on. I, uh, (shows him)
Stan: Well, ok, 15 is minimum, ok?
Joanna: Ok.
Stan: Now, it’s up to you whether or not you want to just do the bare minimum. Well, like Brian, for example, has 37 pieces of flair. And a terrific smile.
Joanna: Ok. Ok, you want me to wear more?
Stan: Look. Joanna.
Joanna: Yeah.
Stan: People can get a cheeseburger anywhere, ok? They come to Chotchkie’s for the atmosphere and the attitude. That’s what the flair’s about. It’s about fun.
Joanna: Ok. So, more then?
Stan: Look, we want you to express yourself, ok? If you think the bare minimum is enough, then ok. But some people choose to wear more and we encourage that, ok? You do want to express yourself, don’t you?
Joanna: Yeah. Yeah.
Stan: Great. Great. That’s all I ask.

Dave Brown

Top & OT: Flair

Is there a way to write the results of the command to a .TXT file for posting? I'm not familiar enough to recognize the daemons by name.

You know, I didn't realize unil seeing that exchange in text format how obvious it is that Mike Judge is Hank Hill.

-Replace "cheeseburger" for "propane" and "Chotchkie's" with "Strickland" & the voice will pop.



Dave & Michael,

Just popped down & got a stick of 512, and ZOWEE!

-Still be interested in what services I can shut down, but, man, what a difference!

Anyone here need a perfectly good 256Mb stick of PC2700 notebook memory?