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  1. #1
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    Nov 2012

    Help an Ubuntu noob out please

    Alright. I've been a windows user for about a decade. I tried Ubuntu once about 3 years ago, but ended up going back because I didn't like using emulates for my games. Now I have a laptop that I'm not using for gaming, and it needed an OP. So I used Ubuntu because its free. And unfortunately, Ubuntu's UI has changed dramatically.

    My laptop is ridiculously slow. By slow I mean unnecessarily, averaging about 3 to 7 secs to open most windows of any sort. Now I'm trying to tweak it to be less hard on my computer, and have spent 4 hours trying to change it to LXDE because I couldn't figure out the newer interface.

    Now, LXDE has made a noticeable improvement. But I want to go as far as possible. Please help me by telling me the most effective ways I can maximize my computers performance. I'm not computer illiterate, but I have limited experience with the computer jargon, so please take this into account.

    My computer specs are:

    Dell Inspiron 1300
    Intel Celeron(R) M processor 1.40GHz
    60 gig hardrive
    502.0 MiB of RAM

    Current Memory usage
    133.2 MiB (27.2%) of 488.3 MiB

    24.1 MiB (4.8%) of 502.0 MiB

    Obviously this is a low end laptop. Upgrading is not an option at this time. I'm looking for a supercomputer, just one that's functional for browsing the internet and basic takes like storing videos and pictures and occasionally writing. Please and thank you.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2011
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    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: Help an Ubuntu noob out please

    (a little more hassle) Maybe you could do a fresh install of Lubuntu - it is Ubuntu with LXDE, and all the programs associated with it. It sounds like you installed plain Ubuntu and tacked on LXDE after, so there might be some extra stuff running.

    For much less hassle, if you want it to run quite a lot (I believe) faster, you could choose to run the computer with only a Window manager at the login screen - LXDE is based on a WM called Openbox and you can choose it: you'll only get a blank desktop as baseline, with everything accessed through the right-click menu.

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    Last edited by blackbird34; November 27th, 2012 at 01:49 AM. Reason: Removed large quote, it was useless.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2012

    Re: Help an Ubuntu noob out please

    You seem to be using swap even though you have free ram. This can slow things down. To see if this is a problem, open a terminal and enter:

    sudo sysctl vm.swappiness=0

    This will temporary force your system to use ram first and will work until you reboot. Then it will reset to default. To make the change permanent:

    Edit: Also like blackbird34 said, pure lubuntu is better.
    Last edited by ibjsb4; November 27th, 2012 at 02:05 AM.


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