Re: Should I upgrade? Lubuntu? My Laptop is too slow...
I would so go with Lubuntu. I installed it on a friends laptop (6 years old -- though I can't tell you more about the specs I'm afraid). It's fully functional though and very snappy.
As for music players, are you command-line phobic? If not, why not play your music in the terminal? I have recently started doing this, and I have seen a radical reduction in processor demands as a result!
Open a terminal, cd to the directory where your music is stored. As you say your music is on an external hard drive, this will doing something like
and it should play.
You'll find the terminals autocomplete useful here -- at any time you don't know what to type, just press tab twice and it'll list all available options. So, to cd to your external hard drive, type and press tab twice, then type the option corresponding with your hard drive. to play music, type and press tab twice to get a list of folder options. Keep repeating until you are in the folder you want to play. Putting the * at the and of the directory tells mplayer to play all files in that diorectory. If you want to play them on random, use
Does that help?
mplayer name_of_folder_where_music_is/name_of_subfolder/* -shuffle
I used to use audacious to play music too. I noticed it using about 10% of my CPU. Using Mplayer from the command line uses about 1% -- big difference! you can get more information on mplayer by
a) asking here
b) typing into the terminal.
Mplayer can play movies too, with a nice, low demand on resources! I like mplayer, can you tell?
Last edited by bryncoles; October 21st, 2011 at 07:47 PM.
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