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July 24th, 2009, 06:59 AM

I have an old PC ( Pentium 3 512mb ram 10gb disk ) on which I previously havw installed xubuntu 9.04 This takes 10 minutes to start and runs very slowly indeed ,yet the previous version was perfectly usable .

My intention is to use this PC connected to my Hi Fi to use for music , possibly to run spotify .

Many thanks


July 24th, 2009, 07:40 AM
See http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=189192

My advice reinstall xubuntu with alterneate cd on ext2 filesystem and give 2 gb swap.
Configuring swapiness

If you have 512 mb ram turn of swappiness
with ALT+F2
gksudo mousepad /etc/sysctl.conf
Search for vm.swappiness and change its value as desired. If vm.swappiness does not exist, add it to the end of the file like so:

If you have less than 512mb I advice

July 24th, 2009, 07:42 AM
try a different distro with xfce4.

i'm using debian testing xfce4 on 450mhz 256mb ram, no problems here.

xfce4 is in the advanced desktop menu, theres also lxde if you want to try lighter, i've never had lxde work right for me but you might have better luck.

i recommend a base install build up, with only what you want.

July 26th, 2009, 08:09 AM
Thanks for your help . I have gone with the older 8.04 , which incidentally runs spotify just fine .:D