slow (s-l-o-w) install (TRY)

Phil Clyde pclyde at
Sun Feb 17 01:36:42 UTC 2008

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 .....
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 at> 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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