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    Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    I've been running Ubuntu for about 9 months.

    Ran fast in beginning, now it crawls like Windoze used to.

    I never installed any additional applications or added things.

    Is this supposed to happen ? I did procedures outlined in below:
    http://maketecheasier.com/8-ways-to-...ne/2008/10/07/

    What a bummer. Appreciate any thoughts.

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    Do you know what applications are lagging?

    Edit: A lot of tips in that article seem fairly useless, and potentially dangerous.

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    Thanks for reply. I really just use the computer for web browsing - and firefox is much slower than when initially loaded.

    Overall startup and shudown of machine is slower too.

    And unrelated, the hibernate and doesn't work anymore with version updates.

    All the hell of windoze that I tried to get away from I seem to now have with ubunut....

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    Personally I have never noticed any gradual slowdowns. (I am actually pretty observant for that sort of thing as well.)

    As a good test, log in as the 'guest user' on the user switch panel applet or make a new user temporarily, and see if you notice slowdowns. If the other user is fast, then you might have some odd configuration bug that is causing problems.

    Do you have sufficient RAM/CPU/GPU to run Ubuntu?

    CPU: Anything, over 700mhz recommended.
    RAM: 400+ is good
    GPU: Nvidia 6 series and up seems to work well.


    As for Firefox, make sure you have smooth scrolling disabled.

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    How much spare disk space do you have?
    If the / partition gets full, it can all sorts of problems.

    Certainly sound slike something is screwed, I have Linux systems that have been running for 5 years with no slowdown.

    Another thought, check your processor fan is turning properly, as that sort of symptom can be due to the processor overheating
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    Quote Originally Posted by Delawaredave View Post
    I've been running Ubuntu for about 9 months.

    Ran fast in beginning, now it crawls like Windoze used to.

    I never installed any additional applications or added things.

    Is this supposed to happen ? I did procedures outlined in below:
    http://maketecheasier.com/8-ways-to-...ne/2008/10/07/

    What a bummer. Appreciate any thoughts.


    Clear your web browser cache frequently.
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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    Quote Originally Posted by Delawaredave View Post
    I've been running Ubuntu for about 9 months.

    Ran fast in beginning, now it crawls like Windoze used to.

    I never installed any additional applications or added things.

    Is this supposed to happen ? I did procedures outlined in below:
    http://maketecheasier.com/8-ways-to-...ne/2008/10/07/

    What a bummer. Appreciate any thoughts.
    Crawling could happen for a variety of reasons and not only because of the operating system.

    - a blocked cpu heatink from dust
    - a hard disk failing
    - a graphics card mulfanctioning
    and many more

    A small tip : Avoid reading articles that tell you how to keep Ubuntu clean and fast . As i have experianced till now Ubuntu doesnt need special treat to be kept clean.It is optimized for all us regular users and works fine as it is.

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    If you use it just for browsing, the sluggishness could be in firefox not in ubuntu. Clear your firefox cache as suggested. If that doesn't help, try creating a new firefox profile. I haven't done this on ubuntu but you ought to be able to find instructions by stw for "firefox profile manager".

    Do you have many firefox extensions installed? Do you have many applications installed in ubuntu apart from the pre-installed ones? If so ... list them!

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    Re: Ubuntu "crawls" over time like Windoze

    +1 to firefox being a possible culperet. another thing you can consider: if the # of addons has grown over the last 9 months, cut them back down by removing a bunch.

    +1 to that article being not-so-great. if your grub menu being long bothers you, for example, then go ahead and trim it... but it isn't going to make your computer any faster once booted. half the advice given in the article is the same.

    htop is also an outstanding tool to monitor what is slowing your machine down.

    sudo apt-get install htop
    then, to run it:

    htop
    click on "%CPU" to sort by CPU usage.... see what is frequently hovering near the top that doesn't need to be.

    and if you dont need it, kill it.
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