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Windows boys, **** and stop contaminating this thread with your ignorance. This guy does not have malware (no such thing with Linux).

OP, how much RAM do you have on that machine? Is it your sig rig?
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it's in my sig rig yes. there is 4 gigs of ram, as i said it's got a 6 gig native swap file, and it's on the 160gb drive listed in my specs.

and yes it's 32-bit.
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what does a top report show?
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I know you probably don't want to go through installing arch again, but if I were you, I would use the 64 bit version.

As for your memory issue, I am not sure if it would make any difference, but is your kernel PAE enabled?
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post #15 of 22
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i don't really want to reinstall, but it'll probably happen sometime as usually occurs...

i have no idea if the kernel is PAE enabled. that's to do with accessing extra memory under 32-bit right? how do i check?
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Originally Posted by -iceblade^ View Post
i don't really want to reinstall, but it'll probably happen sometime as usually occurs...

i have no idea if the kernel is PAE enabled. that's to do with accessing extra memory under 32-bit right? how do i check?
Try this in the terminal:

Code:
free -t -m
I'm thinking it's possible that conky is not reporting the memory stats correctly. I am not sure what method conky uses (as there are a few different ones).

If it turns out that the above command reports the same results, then look into the PAE thing. To find out if the kernel is using "high mem" aka PAE, you can look at your kernel config file (/usr/src/linux/.config). Open it in a text editor and search for this string:

Code:
CONFIG_X86_PAE
It should be set to "y"

I doubt this is the problem because I don't think it would recognize 3GB without PAE being enabled.
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post #17 of 22
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for the first command the output is

Quote:
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 3292 2298 994 0 123 1591
-/+ buffers/cache: 584 2708
Swap: 6236 0 6236
Total: 9528 2298 7230
that second command can't be done because there's no file in the place you said. i get as far as /src and then there is linux-headers-2.6-27-7 and another called linux-headers-2.6-27-7-generic.

insde of the -generic folder there's a .config file but that string doesn't exist. inside of the first file there's no .config file.

i'm on Mint 6.
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post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by thiussat View Post
I know you probably don't want to go through installing arch again, but if I were you, I would use the 64 bit version.

As for your memory issue, I am not sure if it would make any difference, but is your kernel PAE enabled?
He's using Mint not Arch, which is problably why he's using 32-bit, 64-bit Mint wasn't released until just recently.
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I was going by your sig, which says Arch. Sorry for the confusion.

The output of the command matches what conky is reporting -- 3.2 GB of RAM. So, I suppose the next step is to find the kernel sources.

/usr/src/linux is where the kernel sources are kept with Gentoo. I'm sure it varies from distro to distro. You will probably have to google for the specific location in Mint (or see if a Mint user here knows). The linux-headers you found are different from the kernel sources themselves.

If I were you, I would reinstall with the newly released x86_64 version. If you have a separate /home partition, you should be able to keep it intact, thus preserving all of the "important" stuff. Also, if you reinstall, shrink your swap partition down to about 4 GB.

If you insist on keeping your current install, then other than the PAE thing, I don't know what it could be.
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why is everyone insisting the problem is that conky is showing only 3.2 gigs of ram, as far as i know he asked why his firefox is being such a resource whore.

he would have to install the source code from apt/synaptic, it will place a tar.gz file in his /usr/src directory where the header files are located, and then just extract the tar into a folder, from there you could do what you want, like re-compile the kernel if you so wish with PAE enabled i believe, but i would advise against running PAE.

i don't understand why people run these monster swap partitions in linux. this isn't windows, you don't need the 1.5 times the mem you have for swap, i let ubuntu figure out my swap space last time, it put it at 10 gigs, i never seen more than 300 megs of it ever used, so when i went fedora, i went to 1 gig and havent noticed the slightest drop in performance. IMHO you are just wasting space with extremely large swap, at most, run 2 gigs, not 4 or 6 gigs.

i would honestly say, if you want to go 64 bit, choose a distro that keeps up its 64 bit along with its 32 bit.
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