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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #105 on: November 30, 2016, 10:29:11 pm »
I've been testing Linux 4.9.0-rc7 for past few days.

I wasn't impressed with Linux 4.7-4.9.0-rc6, and haven't been running them on Peppermint, but  I think they finally got the hang of it ...   ;D


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╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-5 ~ 
╰─➤  systemd-analyze critical-chain
The time after the unit is active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit takes to start is printed after the "+" character.

graphical.target @1.952s
└─multi-user.target @1.952s
  └─smbd.service @1.800s +152ms
    └─nmbd.service @1.408s +391ms
      └─network-online.target @1.407s
        └─network.target @1.407s
          └─networking.service @1.167s +231ms
            └─resolvconf.service @1.032s +127ms
              └─systemd-journald.socket @81ms
                └─-.slice @79ms
╭─vindsl@Boogaloo-5 ~ 
╰─➤ 





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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #106 on: January 22, 2017, 05:05:11 pm »
Been baking my Dell E4630 lappy.  So far, so good ...

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vindsl@Chi-You ~ $ systemd-analyze critical-chain
The time after the unit is active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit takes to start is printed after the "+" character.

graphical.target @915ms
└─multi-user.target @915ms
  └─wicd.service @719ms +196ms
    └─basic.target @677ms
      └─paths.target @677ms
        └─systemd-networkd-resolvconf-update.path @677ms
          └─sysinit.target @675ms
            └─systemd-update-utmp.service @529ms +19ms
              └─systemd-tmpfiles-setup.service @522ms +6ms
                └─local-fs.target @521ms
                  └─boot-efi.mount @513ms +7ms
                    └─systemd-fsck@dev-disk-by\x2duuid-EA02\x2d59E2.service @445ms +67ms
                      └─dev-disk-by\x2duuid-EA02\x2d59E2.device @439ms
vindsl@Chi-You ~ $


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vindsl@Chi-You ~ $ systemd-analyze time
Startup finished in 4.080s (firmware) + 3.187s (loader) + 2.543s (kernel) + 921ms (userspace) = 10.732s
vindsl@Chi-You ~ $


The firmware and loader time is killing me.    Not sure if there is much I can do about that.

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #107 on: January 22, 2017, 07:23:10 pm »
Hrm ...

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vindsl@Chi-You ~ $ systemd-analyze time
Startup finished in 4.452s (firmware) + 1.123s (loader) + 2.295s (kernel) + 924ms (userspace) = 8.795s
vindsl@Chi-You ~ $

Baby steps.  Baby steps.   8)

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #108 on: January 23, 2017, 12:53:51 am »
You're obviously having fun tweaking and fine tuning that new toy  ;)!
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #109 on: January 23, 2017, 02:26:14 am »
You're obviously having fun tweaking and fine tuning that new toy  ;)!

Yeah, I've thought about that, over the years ...

I've always enjoyed taking 'Humpty Dumpty' apart and putting him back together again.

Doesn't really matter what it is.  Electronics, code, labor contracts, motor vehicles, people.

My parents told me, I used to take our house apart when I was a baby.

Go figure ...   :-\

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #110 on: January 23, 2017, 03:34:51 am »
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dmesg | grep -i firmware??

I'm wondering if it's intel wireless firmware and possibly if it'd be better replacing the wireless adapter.
« Last Edit: January 23, 2017, 03:37:11 am by PCNetSpec »
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #111 on: January 23, 2017, 04:18:05 pm »
Bingo !!!

Numbers don't lie.  Satan has attacked my machine -- look at the ver !   LoL!    ;D

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vindsl@Chi-You ~ $ dmesg | grep -i firmware
[    0.138464] [Firmware Bug]: ACPI: BIOS _OSI(Linux) query ignored
[    4.343843] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
[   13.736702] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
[   14.556780] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
vindsl@Chi-You ~

EDIT

I was just looking at the spec sheet, and this lappy has the cheapest POS WiFi card installed that Dell makes.

When I had this thing apart, I noticed the Dell 1540 Broadcom card was only using two antennas.  A third antenna wire was there, but there was no post to attach it to.  Sooo, looks like this Dell 1540 is cheap dual-bander.

Doing some preliminary checking, it looks like an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 is the way to go.

Guess I'll be swapping that out next ...   8)
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #112 on: January 24, 2017, 03:00:18 am »
Homing in on the latest n' greatest ...

LINK:  https://www.amazon.com/Intel-Network-Generation-802-11ac-Bluetooth/dp/B0197W86IE

This might be 'the one'.  LoL !   ;D

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #113 on: January 25, 2017, 02:48:31 am »
Decided to go this route:

OEM LINK:  http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/wireless-products/dual-band-wireless-ac-7260-bluetooth.html

Out-of-stock and backordered almost everywhere I looked.  Got the last one, over here:

NEWEGG: https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833106240

This card should speed things up ...  8)

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For posterity ...

Linux Support for IntelĀ® Wireless Adapters:

OEM LINK #2:  http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/network-and-i-o/wireless-networking/000005511.html
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #114 on: January 25, 2017, 04:11:34 pm »
Be interesting to see the difference

BTW, is it me or does that firmware look pretty old (2011) .. dunno why but I was expecting sommat more recent ???
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #115 on: January 26, 2017, 03:13:17 am »
Be interesting to see the difference
BTW, is it me or does that firmware look pretty old (2011) .. dunno why but I was expecting sommat more recent ???

The Newegg order was nixed -- out-of-stock and unavailable.  Grrrrrr... So, I just ordered one from B&H Foto.

And, yeah, the firmware does *appear* old.  This card is actually EOL, but I'm buying the revised version:

  • Intel Network 7260.HMWWB.R WiFi WIRELESS-AC 7260

The 'R' stands for revised, and means it was made after mid-2014.  Evidently, the original version experienced disconnects on some machines.  The revised version 'fixed' it.

This oldy-but-goody (original and revised vers) reportedly works a treat on Dell E6430 laptops.  The bluetooth feature
reportedly works on the E6430, too.  If so, I'll be killing two birds with one stone.

As an aside -- like I've said before -- Dell parts are dirt cheap on the web.  I can buy a separate/dedicated NIB Dell bluetooth card and SATA connector cable for $9.98 USD, but I prefer to have it integrated into the WiFi NIC.  No reason to have two devices eating up the battery power, you know ?

Anyway, the problem and/or gamble, if you will, with buying a more recent NIC is a lack of software drivers.

Supposedly, the 7260 is compatible with my 'new' lappy.  Current Linux kernels have been patched, and Ubu/winders 10 drivers are both available.

I'll be curious to see how it pans out, too.   ;)

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #116 on: February 09, 2017, 03:28:23 am »
INTEL 7260 AC UPDATE

The jury is back, on the Intel 7260 AC WiFi card.  Now, I see why they're back-ordered everywhere - these things rawk! 

After spending a week or so testing this WiFi card at various spots around 'the valley' - work, home, play, hot spots - I can tell you, it made a day n' night difference in performance, e.g. speed.

In the abode, my WiFi connection nows performs just as fast as a hardwire connection, and I don't even own an AC router (yet).  That will be my next purchase.

It's a whole new world, that I haven't fully explored yet.  For instance, when I'm scanning for connections, I'm used to finding channels 1-11.  Now, I'm seeing those channels, plus channel 131, channel 125 or whatevs.

I didn't realize those AC routers you see, with 2-8 antennas, allow multiple-connections at the same time, thus multiplying the throughput speed exponentially.

Can't wait to jet-hop around the country, and test the 7260 in strange new places ..  :D

Gotta run, but I thought I'd toss a quick update in here.  Latez

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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #117 on: February 09, 2017, 04:30:07 am »
Ah you're back, you were missing yesterday, I thought we'd lost you to KODI :))
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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #118 on: February 09, 2017, 03:55:55 pm »
Just mad busy, right now.  Wish there were more hours in the day ...   >:(

Speaking of Kodi (and now 802.11 AC), I wonder how many more trendy 'new' items I'm missing out on.

Guess I should try to keep up with the Joneses a little harder ...


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Re: How Fast Is Peppermint 7 ?
« Reply #119 on: February 10, 2017, 09:28:09 am »
In the abode, my WiFi connection now performs just as fast as a hardwire connection, and I don't even own an AC router (yet)

Just checked at work ...

8.9 mbps on a desktop machine with an ethernet connection.  58 mpbs on the laptop with a 7260 AC WiFi connection (802.11n).

WoW !   :o