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    how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    Hey guys,

    My house is finally a fully unix based house! I don't know for how much longer though because the last computer I just loaded Ubuntu on moves incredibly slow running ubuntu. I running 12.04 Unity 2D but that doesn't really seem to help. Is there anything I can do to speed things up? Although I learned ubuntu on gnome, I prefer to stay in unity because of the search feature. Heres a little background on my machine

    Acer Aspire
    4GB DDR3
    70 GB HDD (with 66GBs remaining)

    I don't run many programs at once. Let me know what you think because unity 's

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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    Man, time has flown by if a machine using DDR3 is now "old".

    If a machine with those specs is slow, it's most likely a graphics card issue. What's your graphics hardware?

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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by lykwydchykyn View Post
    Man, time has flown by if a machine using DDR3 is now "old".

    If a machine with those specs is slow, it's most likely a graphics card issue. What's your graphics hardware?
    How do I check that so I can give you that information.

    Also How do I check my DDR just to make sure I am right its DDR?

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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by jiggajoe506 View Post
    How do I check that so I can give you that information.

    Also How do I check my DDR just to make sure I am right its DDR?

    Open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T keys combo) and paste here the results of these commands

    Code:
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 vga
    sudo dmidecode -t 5,6,17
    Put the results here between the brackets [code]here[/code] so can be easy to read.

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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    first command results:
    Code:
    00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6100 nForce 405] [10de:03d1] (rev a2)
        Subsystem: Elitegroup Computer Systems Device [1019:2601]
        Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Second command results:
    Code:
    # dmidecode 2.11
    SMBIOS 2.3 present.
    
    Handle 0x0008, DMI type 5, 24 bytes
    Memory Controller Information
        Error Detecting Method: 64-bit ECC
        Error Correcting Capabilities:
            None
        Supported Interleave: One-way Interleave
        Current Interleave: One-way Interleave
        Maximum Memory Module Size: 4096 MB
        Maximum Total Memory Size: 16384 MB
        Supported Speeds:
            70 ns
            60 ns
            50 ns
        Supported Memory Types:
            Standard
            DIMM
        Memory Module Voltage: 2.9 V
        Associated Memory Slots: 4
            0x0009
            0x000A
            0x000B
            0x000C
        Enabled Error Correcting Capabilities: None
    
    Handle 0x0009, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
        Socket Designation: A0
        Bank Connections: 0
        Current Speed: 10 ns
        Type: Other Unknown EDO
        Installed Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Error Status: OK
    
    Handle 0x000A, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
        Socket Designation: A1
        Bank Connections: 2
        Current Speed: 10 ns
        Type: Other Unknown EDO
        Installed Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Error Status: OK
    
    Handle 0x000B, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
        Socket Designation: A2
        Bank Connections: 4
        Current Speed: 10 ns
        Type: Other Unknown EDO
        Installed Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Error Status: OK
    
    Handle 0x000C, DMI type 6, 12 bytes
    Memory Module Information
        Socket Designation: A3
        Bank Connections: 6
        Current Speed: 10 ns
        Type: Other Unknown EDO
        Installed Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Enabled Size: 1024 MB (Single-bank Connection)
        Error Status: OK
    
    Handle 0x0023, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0022
        Error Information Handle: Not Provided
        Total Width: 64 bits
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 1024 MB
        Form Factor: DIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: A0
        Bank Locator: Bank0/1
        Type: Unknown
        Type Detail: None
        Speed: Unknown
        Manufacturer: None
        Serial Number: None
        Asset Tag: None
        Part Number: None
    
    Handle 0x0024, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0022
        Error Information Handle: Not Provided
        Total Width: 64 bits
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 1024 MB
        Form Factor: DIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: A1
        Bank Locator: Bank2/3
        Type: Unknown
        Type Detail: None
        Speed: Unknown
        Manufacturer: None
        Serial Number: None
        Asset Tag: None
        Part Number: None
    
    Handle 0x0025, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0022
        Error Information Handle: Not Provided
        Total Width: 64 bits
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 1024 MB
        Form Factor: DIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: A2
        Bank Locator: Bank4/5
        Type: Unknown
        Type Detail: None
        Speed: Unknown
        Manufacturer: None
        Serial Number: None
        Asset Tag: None
        Part Number: None
    
    Handle 0x0026, DMI type 17, 27 bytes
    Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x0022
        Error Information Handle: Not Provided
        Total Width: 64 bits
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 1024 MB
        Form Factor: DIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: A3
        Bank Locator: Bank6/7
        Type: Unknown
        Type Detail: None
        Speed: Unknown
        Manufacturer: None
        Serial Number: None
        Asset Tag: None
        Part Number: None
    Thanks

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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    The only thing I can think of is back down on the desktop and head over to LXDE desktop. It will help a bunch but still might be heavy load for the older series. I managed to get a 13 year old Sony VAIO laptop to run on Ubuntu 12.04 (LXDE desktop) but its still slow. (800 MHz AMD, 192MB RAM, 10 GB hard Drive)
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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    I was just reading that... I thin mozilla just takes up too many resources also because I was just running chrome fine and it was pretty speedy. Is there a way to run the search function unity has in gnome?

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