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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.

    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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    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.

    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.

    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.

    Ram has not the info that should has. The info in dmidecode depends in what the manufacturer passed in to the chip. In my results in section 17 (memory device) I have the info from the Type of Ram.

    My results

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    Handle 0x001D, DMI type 17, 28 bytes
    Memory Device
        Array Handle: 0x001A
        Error Information Handle: 0x001F
        Total Width: 64 bits
        Data Width: 64 bits
        Size: 4096 MB
        Form Factor: SODIMM
        Set: None
        Locator: DIMM1
        Bank Locator: BANK 2
        Type: DDR3
        Type Detail: Synchronous
        Speed: 1067 MHz
        Manufacturer: Not Specified
        Serial Number: 3555B50B
        Asset Tag: Unknown
        Part Number: HMT351S6CFR8C-H9  
        Rank: Unknown
    Your results
    Quote Originally Posted by jiggajoe506 View Post
    Code:
    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
    Personally I cannot understand what type of Ram you use (DDR1 or DDR2 or DDR3), neither speed is available in the info section.

    The graphics card seems OK, you have nvidia proprietary driver installed.
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    Re: how to speed up unity for an old computer.

    I suppose I can log in the windows side and download crucial's program that tells me what type of ram I have. Now I am concerned about why it couldn't figure out what type of DDR it is. Let me try to reboot and run that command again.

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