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  1. #1
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    Lubuntu is slow..

    PC Specs:
    1.8ghz Pentium 4
    512 ram
    Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE Chipset Integrated Graphics Device (rev 03)


    Wonder if you all can help me. I've used Linux in the past but not a lot.
    I have an older PC that has Windows XP and wanted to try Linux. The cd drive is flaky in this machine so I wanted to use Wubi.

    Here's what I did.
    Downloaded Wubi and installed Ubuntu 10.04 Super slow.....
    Then used Psychocats tutorial to remove Ubuntu, kubuntu, Xubuntu and Edbuntu

    So now I'm at Lubuntu Lxde and it's still slow.
    When I run free -m I get this:
    Code:
    buzz@ubuntu:~$ free -m
                 total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
    Mem:           495        485         10          0        159        241
    -/+ buffers/cache:         83        411
    Swap:          255         75        180
    and when i run top I get
    Code:
    top - 08:34:30 up 8 min,  0 users,  load average: 0.39, 0.69, 0.46
    Tasks:  91 total,   1 running,  89 sleeping,   0 stopped,   1 zombie
    Cpu(s):  2.0%us,  1.0%sy,  0.0%ni, 97.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
    Mem:    507324k total,   497324k used,    10000k free,   154764k buffers
    Swap:   262140k total,    74964k used,   187176k free,   247204k cached
    
      PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                             
      866 root      20   0 42904 7452 4656 S  1.0  1.5   0:17.02 Xorg                                
     1305 buzz      20   0 95780  11m 8912 S  1.0  2.2   0:01.50 lxterminal                          
     1263 buzz      20   0  403m  72m  28m S  0.7 14.6   1:13.36 firefox                             
     1054 ntp       20   0  3676 1208 1104 S  0.3  0.2   0:00.05 ntpd                                
     1361 buzz      20   0  2792 1100  852 R  0.3  0.2   0:00.17 top                                 
        1 root      20   0  3324 1176 1176 S  0.0  0.2   0:00.86 init                                
        2 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kthreadd                            
        3 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.06 ksoftirqd/0                         
        4 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.46 kworker/0:0                         
        5 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.57 kworker/u:0                         
        6 root      RT   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0                         
        7 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 cpuset                              
        8 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khelper                             
        9 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 netns                               
       10 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 sync_supers                         
       11 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 bdi-default                         
       12 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kintegrityd                         
       13 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 kblockd                             
       14 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 ata_sff                             
       15 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.03 khubd                               
       16 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 md                                  
       19 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:00.00 khungtaskd                          
       20 root      20   0     0    0    0 S  0.0  0.0   0:01.06 kswapd0
    Can anyone help speed up the machine?
    To me it looks like all the memory is being used.. But by what?

  2. #2
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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Welcome to the forums!

    Can you be more specific about "slow"? There are many different ways a computer can be slow (booting, browsing the web, watching videos, opening applications, ripping multimedia, etc) and each will have a different solution. Are you sure it's not just slow because it's an old computer?

    According to the outputs of free and top, you are barely using your RAM or CPU, so neither one of those is the culprit.

    http://linuxatemyram.com

    Have you tried other Linux options, such as a regular (non-WUBI) install of Lubuntu, or a lightweight distro such as Puppy Linux?

    (edit) I suggest using the forum Search feature for your specific video card. Other users have suggested some tips & tricks to improve video performance.
    Last edited by snowpine; October 20th, 2011 at 03:13 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Slow as in if I launch an application, Chrominium or firefox, it takes awhile for it to load up.
    I created a new text document from right clicking on the desktop and about a minute later it loaded up.

    Web browsing is slow, just any general use of the os seems at least 1.5 times slower then my XP install.

    The link was great.. Explained alot.

    Other installs?
    Other then the Ubuntu no. I'm looking into how to install lubuntu from a USB because my CD drive seems to overheat. It will quit working if it's been used for awhile. Sometimes doesn't read any cd's.

    Would a direct cd/usb install be better then a Wubi ubuntu downgraded install?
    Last edited by BuzzStPoint; October 20th, 2011 at 03:17 PM.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzStPoint View Post
    Slow as in if I launch an application, Chrominium or firefox, it takes awhile for it to load up.
    I created a new text document from right clicking on the desktop and about a minute later it loaded up.

    Web browsing is slow, just any general use of the os seems at least 1.5 times slower then my XP install.

    The link was great.. Explained alot.

    Other installs?
    Other then the Ubuntu no. I'm looking into how to install lubuntu from a USB because my CD drive seems to overheat. It will quit working if it's been used for awhile. Sometimes doesn't read any cd's.

    Would a direct cd/usb install be better then a Wubi ubuntu downgraded install?
    Yes, that would work better than Wubi. What is the Capacity of your computer's hard drive? How old is it?
    Say no to Microsoft. Say yes to open source.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Quote Originally Posted by BuzzStPoint View Post
    Slow as in if I launch an application, Chrominium or firefox, it takes awhile for it to load up.
    I created a new text document from right clicking on the desktop and about a minute later it loaded up.

    Web browsing is slow, just any general use of the os seems at least 1.5 times slower then my XP install.

    The link was great.. Explained alot.

    Other installs?
    Other then the Ubuntu no. I'm looking into how to install lubuntu from a USB because my CD drive seems to overheat. It will quit working if it's been used for awhile. Sometimes doesn't read any cd's.

    Would a direct cd/usb install be better then a Wubi ubuntu downgraded install?
    Your install-Ubuntu-and-convert-to-Lubuntu method is odd. I recommend you just do a plain regular install of Lubuntu and see what happens. A full install will take advantage of Linux filesystems and therefore speed up disk activity like launching an application or caching a web page. You should be able to create a Lubuntu Live USB from your current Lubuntu install using the "usb-creator" application available in the repos.

    It is normal for Ubuntu to be slower than Windows XP. It's been 10 years since XP was released and it has much lower hardware requirements than modern Linux.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Quote Originally Posted by machineheadbush View Post
    no windows is just coded more efficent than linux
    Seriously? I don't think so. For me, Linux is usually faster than Windows, except in Virtualbox.
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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    I just set up an old dell with a pentium 3 500mhz cpu and 256mb of ram and dual booted Debian 6.03 and Xubuntu 11.04. Both are working faster than win XP ever did on this machine and Debian is even faster than Xubuntu (its the KDE interface if that helps). So for a lighter install I would say that one of those two would help. I know that a lot of people say the XFCE interface is not really "light" but it seems to work better than Lubuntu did on my machine. And the KDE even better than that. Hope this helped

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    OK update time..

    Someone asked how big is the hard drive.
    30 gigs

    I booted back to Windows, and uninstalled Ubuntu.
    Borrowed a cd drive, burnt Lubuntu to cd and just got done installing from CD.

    Worlds of difference.
    Boot up is faster
    application launch is faster
    Even as I type, the text is keeping up with me. before I would type a sentence and when I was done it was still typing.
    Running now like I was expecting it to before.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Niiiiiiiiiice.

    Lubuntu rocks.

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    Re: Lubuntu is slow..

    Hello there and Thanks for choosing Lubuntu

    LXDE will dazzle you and I'm talking from experience here, not from any website or any other source. LXDE will run on 64MB RAM and P2 366MHz while even XP will be dead slow on such hardware.
    I have tested myself so YES, it's very much capable of that.

    Wubi? I don't recommend that at all.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1650699

    I strongly suggest to get rid of Ubuntu (I guess you already did) and install Lubuntu. Here are some useful links:

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...tallingLubuntu
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...ion/FAQ/Guides

    If you do have any question, please feel free to contact me any time you want.

    Enjoy the real speed

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