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    Help me get this computer running right?

    So I have a laptop which just became my backup computer. It has never run correctly, it sputters while playing youtube videos, and just generally sucks when I had windows 7 on it. It is from 2010 so it should not be that bad...

    Specs:

    Gateway NV52 - MS2274
    AMD Vision (2.x ghz?)
    Radeon HD3200 graphics
    4 GB ram

    here is the output of lspci:

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    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Acer Incorporated [ALI] AMD RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
    00:07.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
    00:12.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:12.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.1 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:13.2 USB controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
    00:14.2 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Miscellaneous Control
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h Processor Link Control
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780M/RS780MN [Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
    01:05.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RS780 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 3000-3300 Series]
    03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)
    09:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    I would like to get it running well with Ubuntu, I currently have 12.04 installed along with the drivers direct from AMD. It is still not running unity 3d well, and 2d only runs slightly better. I want to get this thing running like a boss so I have a good backup/play computer.

    How can I get this to run better? should I install the 32 bit Ubuntu? and older version of Ubuntu? what should I do?

    THanks for your help
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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    use a lighter weight DE like lubuntu or xubuntu
    keep 64bit
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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    I have had good luck with xubuntu on older boxes. What kind of specs does that laptop have?

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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    Quote Originally Posted by LLCoolJeff View Post
    I would like to get it running well with Ubuntu, I currently have 12.04 installed along with the drivers direct from AMD.
    What was your experience with the default Linux Kernel video drivers? If you can try a vanilla install of 12.04.1LTS, might be worth a comparison - between the AMD video drivers and the default Linux Kernel video drivers.

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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    I listed the basic specs, but here is the output of lshw:

    Code:
    PCI (sysfs)  
    steez                     
        description: Notebook
        product: NV52 Series ()
        vendor: Gateway
        version: 0100
        serial: LXWC302005941B6E622200
        width: 64 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.5 dmi-2.5 vsyscall32
        configuration: boot=oem-specific chassis=notebook uuid=2D83F780-B6E0-11DE-8ECB-FAFB5409605C
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: SJV50PU
           vendor: Gateway
           physical id: 0
           version: Rev
           serial: LXWC302005941B6E622200
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Phoenix Technologies LTD
              physical id: 0
              version: V1.13
              date: 09/18/2009
              size: 109KiB
              capacity: 1984KiB
              capabilities: pci pnp upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification
         *-cpu
              description: CPU
              product: AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-72
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 4
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: AMD Turion(tm) X2 Dual-Core Mobile RM-72
              slot: Socket S1G2
              size: 2100MHz
              capacity: 4GHz
              width: 64 bits
              clock: 200MHz
              capabilities: x86-64 fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp 3dnowext 3dnow constant_tsc rep_good nopl nonstop_tsc extd_apicid pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy 3dnowprefetch osvw skinit lbrv svm_lock nrip_save cpufreq
              configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 threads=2
            *-cache:0
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: 5
                 slot: L1 Cache
                 size: 64KiB
                 capacity: 64KiB
                 capabilities: asynchronous internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: 6
                 slot: H0 L2 Cache
                 size: 1MiB
                 capacity: 2MiB
                 capabilities: synchronous internal write-through unified
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 1a
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 4GiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: DIMM DDR2 Synchronous 800 MHz (1.2 ns)
                 physical id: 0
                 slot: S1
                 size: 2GiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 800MHz (1.2ns)
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM DDR2 Synchronous 800 MHz (1.2 ns)
                 physical id: 1
                 slot: S2
                 size: 2GiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 800MHz (1.2ns)
         *-pci:0
              description: Host bridge
              product: RS780 Host Bridge
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 66MHz
              configuration: latency=64
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: AMD RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
                 vendor: Acer Incorporated [ALI]
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 resources: ioport:9000(size=4096) memory:cfd00000-cfefffff ioport:d0000000(size=268435456)
               *-display
                    description: VGA compatible controller
                    product: RS780M/RS780MN [Mobility Radeon HD 3200 Graphics]
                    vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                    physical id: 5
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                    configuration: driver=fglrx_pci latency=0
                    resources: irq:18 memory:d0000000-dfffffff ioport:9000(size=256) memory:cfdf0000-cfdfffff memory:cfe00000-cfefffff
               *-multimedia
                    description: Audio device
                    product: RS780 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 3000-3300 Series]
                    vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                    physical id: 5.1
                    bus info: pci@0000:01:05.1
                    version: 00
                    width: 32 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list
                    configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                    resources: irq:19 memory:cfdec000-cfdeffff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS780/RS880 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:04.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:40 memory:f0300000-f03fffff
               *-network
                    description: Ethernet interface
                    product: NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
                    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
                    logical name: eth0
                    version: 10
                    serial: 00:26:2d:52:f7:cd
                    capacity: 1Gbit/s
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm vpd msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
                    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.121 firmware=sb v2.19 latency=0 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair
                    resources: irq:43 memory:f0300000-f030ffff
            *-pci:2
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 6
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:06.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:41 memory:f0400000-f04fffff
               *-network
                    description: Wireless interface
                    product: AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)
                    vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
                    logical name: wlan0
                    version: 01
                    serial: 70:1a:04:12:28:44
                    width: 64 bits
                    clock: 33MHz
                    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress msix bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
                    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ath9k driverversion=3.2.0-35-generic firmware=N/A ip=192.168.1.11 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bgn
                    resources: irq:18 memory:f0400000-f040ffff
            *-pci:3
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 3)
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:07.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pm pciexpress msi ht normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:42 ioport:1000(size=4096) memory:c8000000-c81fffff ioport:c8200000(size=2097152)
            *-storage
                 description: SATA controller
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 11
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
                 logical name: scsi0
                 logical name: scsi1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: storage pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list emulated
                 configuration: driver=ahci latency=64
                 resources: irq:22 ioport:8420(size=8) ioport:8414(size=4) ioport:8418(size=8) ioport:8410(size=4) ioport:8400(size=16) memory:f0208000-f02083ff
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: Hitachi HTS54503
                    vendor: Hitachi
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: PB3O
                    serial: 090930PBH306Q6CWZ4MV
                    size: 298GiB (320GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=0005a65d
                  *-volume:0
                       description: EXT4 volume
                       vendor: Linux
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       logical name: /
                       version: 1.0
                       serial: 65cdd2b0-26f3-44bf-a129-90e70564a750
                       size: 294GiB
                       capacity: 294GiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable journaled extended_attributes large_files huge_files dir_nlink recover extents ext4 ext2 initialized
                       configuration: created=2012-12-30 00:01:47 filesystem=ext4 lastmountpoint=/ modified=2012-12-30 00:18:17 mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,barrier=1,data=ordered mounted=2012-12-31 15:29:03 state=mounted
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       size: 3837MiB
                       capacity: 3837MiB
                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          capacity: 3837MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
               *-cdrom
                    description: DVD-RAM writer
                    product: DVD RW AD-7585H
                    vendor: Optiarc
                    physical id: 1
                    bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/cdrom
                    logical name: /dev/cdrw
                    logical name: /dev/dvd
                    logical name: /dev/dvdrw
                    logical name: /dev/sr0
                    version: KX04
                    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 12
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:12.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:f0004000-f0004fff
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 12.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:12.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:f0005000-f0005fff
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 12.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:12.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:17 memory:f0208400-f02084ff
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB OHCI0 Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 13
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.0
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:18 memory:f0006000-f0006fff
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0 USB OHCI1 Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 13.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.1
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ohci bus_master
                 configuration: driver=ohci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:18 memory:f0007000-f0007fff
            *-usb:5
                 description: USB controller
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 USB EHCI Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 13.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:13.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=64
                 resources: irq:19 memory:f0208800-f02088ff
            *-serial
                 description: SMBus
                 product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 14
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
                 version: 3a
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ht cap_list
                 configuration: driver=piix4_smbus latency=0
                 resources: irq:0
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 14.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.2
                 version: 00
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=64
                 resources: irq:16 memory:f0000000-f0003fff
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 LPC host controller
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 14.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.3
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-pci:4
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 14.4
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:14.4
                 version: 00
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master
         *-pci:1
              description: Host bridge
              product: Family 11h Processor HyperTransport Configuration
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 101
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.0
              version: 40
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:2
              description: Host bridge
              product: Family 11h Processor Address Map
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 102
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.1
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:3
              description: Host bridge
              product: Family 11h Processor DRAM Controller
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 103
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.2
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
         *-pci:4
              description: Host bridge
              product: Family 11h Processor Miscellaneous Control
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 104
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.3
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=k10temp
              resources: irq:0
         *-pci:5
              description: Host bridge
              product: Family 11h Processor Link Control
              vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
              physical id: 105
              bus info: pci@0000:00:18.4
              version: 00
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
    Would just installing xfce be the same as installing xubuntu from scratch? Also is there a way to avoid all of the duplicate applications when doing this?
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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    Quote Originally Posted by BBQdave View Post
    What was your experience with the default Linux Kernel video drivers? If you can try a vanilla install of 12.04.1LTS, might be worth a comparison - between the AMD video drivers and the default Linux Kernel video drivers.
    The AMD version definitely runs better, but it is still pathetic in the case of this particular machine. Putting youtube down to 240p still plays a slightly choppy. Its crazy, there must be something else that is causing this, I have seen much older machines run much better than this...
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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    Sorry, I missed that.

    You have dual core, plenty of ram, video card is 3d ready. You should be able to run Ubuntu. Maybe you need a driver. Have you updated since you installed?

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...lubuntu.com%2F

    Also you can try installing Gnome Classic and see if its faster.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
    But take a look at drivers first.

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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    Quote Originally Posted by ibjsb4 View Post
    Sorry, I missed that.

    You have dual core, plenty of ram, video card is 3d ready. You should be able to run Ubuntu. Maybe you need a driver. Have you updated since you installed?

    http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?...lubuntu.com%2F

    Also you can try installing Gnome Classic and see if its faster.

    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
    But take a look at drivers first.
    Well, I already have the ATI dirvers direct form amd made for ubuntu, those would be the best right?

    I have also tried the default driver and the one suggested by ubuntu under additional drivers and all of them are still slow. Is there some other sort of driver I should be looking for, or when you guys say drivers are you simply talking about the graphics driver from AMD?
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    Re: Help me get this computer running right?

    Im on Gnome Classic with no effects now and it seems to be running a little better, but still not like it should. This machine should be able to handle 1080p video no problem, right?

    BTW, I have updated since the install, and everything is current and up to date
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