[CentOS] CPU usage

Rodrigo Barbosa rodrigob at darkover.org
Fri Sep 8 21:45:03 UTC 2006

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On Fri, Sep 08, 2006 at 01:13:59PM -0500, c5050 wrote:
> Does anyone have an idea why cpu usage varies constantly, from as low as
> 4.X % to as high as 20+%? All that I have open at the time of running
> "top" is the gnome-terminal. 

You are wrong. You have plenty of other things running as well, including
Gnome, which is a heavy beast.

> The reason why I'm hunting this, is that I
> just can't seem to play DVD's (using Xine) without choppy playback
> (sound is fine). I know my laptop is aching - running CentOS 4.4 with a
> Celeron 800 and 256MB RAM (DMA's turned on), but still - I think it
> should be able to play DVD's, or not? I have the feeling that the more I
> can tweak CPU usage, the better my chance of success will be. Any advice
> would be appreciated.

If you are planning on playing DVDs and other such stuff on your
laptop, I suggest replacing Gnome for some more lightweight window manager.
My personal recomendation is IceWM, but there are plenty of others.
Gnome and KDE are not recomended (by me) on anything with less than
512MB RAM.


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Rodrigo Barbosa
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