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    brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    Hi all. I am totally new to Ubuntu (obviously, or I wouldn't be in this forum, sorry) and have a couple of newbee qestions. First of all, a bit of background. I have a Compaq Presario Notebook computer, It's about 6 years old, has 512 Mb RAM, and uses Windows Vista Basic. I first tried Ubuntu installed on a USB Stick to just try it out before I totally committed to it. It was soooo slow that I was totally depressed. So I thought if I used the WUBI version and installed it with Windows that it might be a bit faster, so I tried that. It is still at least 10 times slower than my Windows Vista(which is terribly slow already). I was wondering if it would speed up faster than Windows Vista if I just jumped in totally and installed it completely? The reason I wanted to try Ubuntu in the first place was that I had heard that it was FASTER and more secure than Windows. If it isn't any faster, I probably won't go with it.

    Also, I have another problem. At first Ubuntu would not recognize my wireless adapter. I looked around and found a cure for that by updating the driver for my adapter. Ok, now it recognizes my adapter, and I can find my wireless network in the list of networks available. The problem now though is that every 10 or 15 seconds it keeps asking for the authentication code for my network over and over again, and never signs on to my network. What can be done about this? Any help with either of these two problems would be greately appreciated.

    Del

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    With that amount of ram you should try Lubuntu.

    Heres a thread that may help.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2130640

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    A main part of your issue is having only 512MB of RAM. Ubuntu is a full featured system with all the bells & whistles. And the new Unity requires RAM and a decent video system.
    I have a 6 year old laptop with only 1.5GB and it works well but I do not even run Unity on it, I use gnome-fallback.

    With only 512MB, you should try Xubuntu or probably Lubuntu as they are the same underlying sytem, but use a light weight gui and usually lighter weight applications.

    Lubuntu, which uses the LXDE desktop environment, targeted at "normal computers" with 128 MB
    With 512Mb of RAM and almost any processor, Lubuntu will perform more than adequately out-of-the box.
    I'd suggest to check amjjawad's thread (Lubuntu One Stop Thread) and you'll find many useful information.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lu...MinimalInstall
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LubuntuLinks
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1844755
    Lubuntu is an Operating System that is using LXDE.
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Lubuntu/GetLubuntu
    https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Lubuntu
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    Ubuntu 12.10 requires 3D acceleration. If you have ATI or Nvidia graphics, you need to install their drivers to get decent performance.

    You could try Ubuntu 12.04. which does not require 3D.

    Wubi is always slower than a proper dual-boot.

    Ubuntu is not necessarily faster than any version of Windows. Vista is pretty old now.
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    Ubuntu 12.10 requires 3D acceleration. If you have ATI or Nvidia graphics, you need to install their drivers to get decent performance.

    You could try Ubuntu 12.04. which does not require 3D.

    Wubi is always slower than a proper dual-boot.

    Ubuntu is not necessarily faster than any version of Windows. Vista is pretty old now.
    Installing gnome session fallback enables the use of 12.10 without 3d

    My experience is that Ubuntu is certainly faster than Win XP on my laptop, and faster than Win 7 on my HP tower.

    Also, I have another problem. At first Ubuntu would not recognize my wireless adapter. I looked around and found a cure for that by updating the driver for my adapter. Ok, now it recognizes my adapter, and I can find my wireless network in the list of networks available. The problem now though is that every 10 or 15 seconds it keeps asking for the authentication code for my network over and over again, and never signs on to my network. What can be done about this? Any help with either of these two problems would be greately appreciated.
    Did you choose the option to login automatically when booting Ubuntu? If so you should probably change the to require login.

    Regarding your memory - I had similar issues when trying different Linux distributions, and finally upgraded my ram from 512 Mb to 2 Gb ... prices today are pretty reasonable ... I think I paid less that $30
    HP | Intel iCore 7 3.2Ghz | 12 Gb mem | SSD Win7 | HDD Trusty | Mate 16.04
    Dell laptop | Intel iCore 3 2.1Ghz | 4 Gb mem | MATE 16.04 + Win 7
    Regards, Pete

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    I know it's not why you arrived here, but with those specs, I'd be very tempted to rather look at antiX. Then you really will get the speed you desire. Go here http://antix.mepis.org/index.php?title=Main_Page if you want to spin it up and give it a bash.

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    Old Fred is right. I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 with LXDE desktop so I'm more or less a hybrid version of Lubuntu. Fully booted up and running I'm right at 450 MB as I type this message. But I've also got 4GB of RAM too. I prefer the clean and light idea so when I do want to get into serious processing I can.
    Michael Nelson -=- AKA: Mopar1973Man

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    Re: brand new to ubuntu and have two problems

    Ok. Thanks much for the speedy help guys. I was afraid that the limited RAM was the problem. I'll check out Lubuntu, and maybe the cost of some additional RAM.

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