View Full Version : [ubuntu] Tips to speed up an old computer?

November 4th, 2009, 07:51 AM
Hi guys,

We've got a really cruddy old computer that I've set up as a guest computer for our Bed and Breakfast with Ubuntu 9.10.

It's usable, but not over the moon fast. What can I do to improve its speed, without making any hardware changes or spending money?

I've considered putting Xubuntu on, but I've taken a year to learn the Gnome environment well so I'd prefer to stick with what I know... for now!


Pentium III 700MHz (Coppermine) CPU
Intel 82815 Chipset Graphics Controller
Intel AC'97 Audio Controller
DSE 19" LCD @ 1440 x 900

Thanks in advance :)

November 4th, 2009, 08:16 AM
contrary to popular belief, ubuntu isn't really that great on old hardware. this is more true with each update.

if you want to use it on an older computer i would go with the 8.04 version, thats what i use on our older computer. tried 9.10 on it-- way slow.

on my core 2 duo laptop though 9.10 is fine.

November 4th, 2009, 08:34 AM
hmm yeah that makes sense. Only thing is that 9.10 plays nicer with Intel graphics than previous versions.