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    Slow machine

    Dual boot with Ubuntu 12.04.4 and Windows XP on Dell desktop.

    Some time in the last 2 months following an update the computer
    has slowed down considerabley on the internet on the Ubuntu side.
    Have checked the Windows side and the internet runs normally.
    Have also inquired of the ISP and they advise its not them.
    I am not knowledgable enough but could something have happened
    to the ethernet driver and could it be reinstalled?
    How to work with this problem?

    tia
    otto-c

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    Re: Slow machine

    Do you use Jupiter for power saving?

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    Re: Slow machine

    I just have a straight forward install.
    Do not know what Jupiter is.

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    Re: Slow machine

    Please describe your hardware, particularly for the internet connection. That will provide clues for us to give tips and advice.

    - Have you got wired or wireless internet from the computer?
    - What chip/card? What driver is used? (check with for example the program hardinfo)

    - Is there a router?

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    Re: Slow machine

    Will get info requested tomorrow and will post.

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    Re: Slow machine

    Connection is via ethernet only.
    Software for ethernet controller is what came with the install.

    Did www.speedtest.net for:
    * Ping Ms ** Download Mbps ** Upload Mbps

    Win. Xp * 0 ** 28.82 ** 5.95
    Ubuntu * 89 ** 17.71 ** 2.24

    Comcast Arris modem model wbm760
    Linksys Wirelsss G 2.4 54mbps

    Tried to install HARDINFO. It fails.

    Below 'lspci' and 'lshw'.

    ~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller (rev 02)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
    00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection (rev 02)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
    00:1a.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 02)
    00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 92)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801IR (ICH9R) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 4 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
    ~$


    Code:
    greg@greg-desktop:~$ sudo lshw
    greg-desktop             
        description: Desktop Computer
        version: OEM
        width: 32 bits
        capabilities: smbios-2.5 dmi-2.5 smp-1.4 smp
        configuration: boot=normal chassis=desktop cpus=2 uuid=44454C4C-5200-1035-8044-C2C04F584431
      *-core
           description: Motherboard
           product: 0CU409
           vendor: Winbond Electronics
           physical id: 0
           version: ���
           serial: ..CN7360478N059L.
         *-firmware
              description: BIOS
              vendor: Winbond Electronics
              physical id: 0
              version: 1.0.3
              date: 07/12/2007
              size: 128KiB
              capacity: 1984KiB
              capabilities: isa pci pnp apm upgrade shadowing cdboot bootselect socketedrom edd int13floppy360 int13floppy1200 int13floppy720 int13floppy2880 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb ls120boot zipboot biosbootspecification netboot
         *-cpu:0
              description: CPU
              product: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU     E4400  @ 2.00GHz
              vendor: Intel Corp.
              physical id: 4
              bus info: cpu@0
              version: 6.15.13
              serial: 0000-06FD-0000-0000-0000-0000
              slot: Socket 775
              size: 1200MHz
              capacity: 4GHz
              width: 64 bits
              clock: 200MHz
              capabilities: x86-64 boot fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm lahf_lm dtherm cpufreq
              configuration: cores=2 enabledcores=2 id=1 threads=2
            *-cache:0
                 description: L1 cache
                 physical id: a
                 slot: Internal Cache
                 size: 32KiB
                 capacity: 32KiB
                 capabilities: synchronous internal write-back
            *-cache:1
                 description: L2 cache
                 physical id: b
                 slot: External Cache
                 size: 2MiB
                 capacity: 2MiB
                 capabilities: synchronous external write-back
            *-logicalcpu:0
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.1
                 width: 64 bits
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.2
                 width: 64 bits
                 capabilities: logical
         *-memory
              description: System Memory
              physical id: 24
              slot: System board or motherboard
              size: 1GiB
            *-bank:0
                 description: DIMM DDR2 Synchronous 667 MHz (1.5 ns)
                 product: HYMP564U64BP8-Y5
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 0
                 serial: 0000302E
                 slot: DIMM1
                 size: 512MiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 667MHz (1.5ns)
            *-bank:1
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: 64T64000HU25FB
                 vendor: Infineon (Siemens)
                 physical id: 1
                 serial: 010AEB16
                 slot: DIMM2
            *-bank:2
                 description: DIMM DDR2 Synchronous 667 MHz (1.5 ns)
                 product: HYMP564U64BP8-Y5
                 vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
                 physical id: 2
                 serial: 0000402D
                 slot: DIMM3
                 size: 512MiB
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 667MHz (1.5ns)
            *-bank:3
                 description: DIMM [empty]
                 product: M3 78T6553CZ3-CE7
                 vendor: Samsung
                 physical id: 3
                 serial: 03169872
                 slot: DIMM4
         *-cpu:1
              physical id: 1
              bus info: cpu@1
              version: 6.15.13
              serial: 0000-06FD-0000-0000-0000-0000
              size: 2GHz
              capacity: 2GHz
              capabilities: ht cpufreq
              configuration: id=1
            *-logicalcpu:0
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.1
                 capabilities: logical
            *-logicalcpu:1
                 description: Logical CPU
                 physical id: 1.2
                 capabilities: logical
         *-pci
              description: Host bridge
              product: 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express DRAM Controller
              vendor: Intel Corporation
              physical id: 100
              bus info: pci@0000:00:00.0
              version: 02
              width: 32 bits
              clock: 33MHz
              configuration: driver=agpgart-intel
              resources: irq:0
            *-pci:0
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82G33/G31/P35/P31 Express PCI Express Root Port
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:01.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci pm msi pciexpress normal_decode bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=pcieport
                 resources: irq:40 ioport:c000(size=4096) memory:fde00000-fdefffff ioport:fda00000(size=1048576)
            *-display
                 description: VGA compatible controller
                 product: 82G33/G31 Express Integrated Graphics Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:02.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: msi pm vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
                 configuration: driver=i915 latency=0
                 resources: irq:42 memory:fdf00000-fdf7ffff ioport:ff00(size=8) memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:fdb00000-fdbfffff
            *-network
                 description: Ethernet interface
                 product: 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 19
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:19.0
                 logical name: eth0
                 version: 02
                 serial: 00:1a:a0:98:4d:7a
                 size: 100Mbit/s
                 capacity: 100Mbit/s
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
                 configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e1000e driverversion=1.5.1-k duplex=full firmware=1.1-2 ip=192.168.1.100 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
                 resources: irq:41 memory:fdfc0000-fdfdffff memory:fdfff000-fdffffff ioport:fe00(size=32)
            *-usb:0
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1a
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:16 ioport:fd00(size=32)
            *-usb:1
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1a.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:21 ioport:fc00(size=32)
            *-usb:2
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1a.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.2
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:fb00(size=32)
            *-usb:3
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1a.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1a.7
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 memory:fdffe000-fdffe3ff
            *-multimedia
                 description: Audio device
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:43 memory:fdff4000-fdff7fff
            *-usb:4
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 ioport:fa00(size=32)
            *-usb:5
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.1
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:f900(size=32)
            *-usb:6
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.2
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: uhci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=uhci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:18 ioport:f800(size=32)
            *-usb:7
                 description: USB controller
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1d.7
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1d.7
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm debug ehci bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ehci_hcd latency=0
                 resources: irq:23 memory:fdffd000-fdffd3ff
            *-pci:1
                 description: PCI bridge
                 product: 82801 PCI Bridge
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1e
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1e.0
                 version: 92
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pci subtractive_decode bus_master cap_list
                 resources: ioport:d000(size=4096) memory:fdd00000-fddfffff ioport:fdc00000(size=1048576)
            *-isa
                 description: ISA bridge
                 product: 82801IR (ICH9R) LPC Interface Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.0
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: isa bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: latency=0
            *-ide:0
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82801IR/IO/IH (ICH9R/DO/DH) 4 port SATA Controller [IDE mode]
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.2
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.2
                 logical name: scsi0
                 logical name: scsi1
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list emulated
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:f700(size=8) ioport:f600(size=4) ioport:f500(size=8) ioport:f400(size=4) ioport:f300(size=16) ioport:f200(size=16)
               *-disk
                    description: ATA Disk
                    product: WDC WD800JD-75MS
                    vendor: Western Digital
                    physical id: 0
                    bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0
                    logical name: /dev/sda
                    version: 10.0
                    serial: WD-WMAM9VA29482
                    size: 74GiB (80GB)
                    capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 signature=d0f4738c
                  *-volume:0
                       description: Windows NTFS volume
                       physical id: 1
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,1
                       logical name: /dev/sda1
                       version: 3.1
                       serial: 34a7404c-3e0e-c64c-b8df-49fc750e07e9
                       size: 39GiB
                       capacity: 39GiB
                       capabilities: primary bootable ntfs initialized
                       configuration: clustersize=4096 created=2010-09-30 11:57:49 filesystem=ntfs modified_by_chkdsk=true mounted_on_nt4=true resize_log_file=true state=dirty upgrade_on_mount=true
                  *-volume:1
                       description: Extended partition
                       physical id: 2
                       bus info: scsi@0:0.0.0,2
                       logical name: /dev/sda2
                       size: 35GiB
                       capacity: 35GiB
                       capabilities: primary extended partitioned partitioned:extended
                     *-logicalvolume:0
                          description: Linux filesystem partition
                          physical id: 5
                          logical name: /dev/sda5
                          logical name: /
                          capacity: 33GiB
                          configuration: mount.fstype=ext4 mount.options=rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro,user_xattr,acl,barrier=1,data=ordered state=mounted
                     *-logicalvolume:1
                          description: Linux swap / Solaris partition
                          physical id: 6
                          logical name: /dev/sda6
                          capacity: 1517MiB
                          capabilities: nofs
               *-cdrom
                    description: DVD writer
                    product: DVD+-RW GSA-H73N
                    vendor: HL-DT-ST
                    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: B103
                    serial: [
                    capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r
                    configuration: ansiversion=5 status=nodisc
            *-serial UNCLAIMED
                 description: SMBus
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.3
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.3
                 version: 02
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 configuration: latency=0
                 resources: memory:fdffc000-fdffc0ff ioport:500(size=32)
            *-ide:1
                 description: IDE interface
                 product: 82801I (ICH9 Family) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode]
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1f.5
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1f.5
                 version: 02
                 width: 32 bits
                 clock: 66MHz
                 capabilities: ide pm bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=ata_piix latency=0
                 resources: irq:19 ioport:f000(size=8) ioport:ef00(size=4) ioport:ee00(size=8) ioport:ed00(size=4) ioport:ec00(size=16) ioport:eb00(size=16)
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    Re: Slow machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Otto-C View Post
    Connection is via ethernet only.
    Software for ethernet controller is what came with the install.

    Did www.speedtest.net for:
    * Ping Ms ** Download Mbps ** Upload Mbps

    Win. Xp * 0 ** 28.82 ** 5.95
    Ubuntu * 89 ** 17.71 ** 2.24

    Comcast Arris modem model wbm760
    Linksys Wirelsss G 2.4 54mbps

    ~$ lspci
    00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562V-2 10/100 Network Connection (rev 02)
    [/CODE]
    Did you use the Linksys Wireless (and not the Intel Ethernet controller)? In that case maybe there is some problem with a new driver for that device, or some bad setting. Please test when booted from a CD/DVD/USB install drive 'Try Ubuntu, do not install', and check what speed you get with the fresh settings of the original version of the iso file

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    Re: Slow machine

    Did as you suggested used a 12.04.2 DVD. The regular user thought the screens came up
    faster than installed version. Tried his opinion of the installed version and he could not tell
    a difference. We did a speedtest and the numbers were down from the earlier test those
    being:
    ping ** download ** upload
    13 ** 10.15 ** 4.08
    Will try more extensive test tomorrow as well as any suggestion you may have. The machine
    has no wireless capability.

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    Re: Slow machine

    You have 1GB RAM, haven't you?

    What is the output of 'uptime' (last three numbers)

    What if you boot Lubuntu 12.04?

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    Re: Slow machine

    Quote Originally Posted by Otto-C View Post
    Did as you suggested used a 12.04.2 DVD. The regular user thought the screens came up
    faster than installed version. Tried his opinion of the installed version and he could not tell
    a difference. We did a speedtest and the numbers were down from the earlier test those
    being:
    ping ** download ** upload
    13 ** 10.15 ** 4.08
    Will try more extensive test tomorrow as well as any suggestion you may have. The machine
    has no wireless capability.
    The speed test also depends on the network outside the computer and outside the house (the internet). So the results will be different as you can see when repeating from exactly the same system. If you test several times, you get a better notion (and maybe use some statistical methods).

    -o-

    I agree with sanderj that you should try a system with a lighter desktop environment. Standard Ubuntu with Unity need at lot of memory only to run the desktop itself. Unfortunately Lubuntu 12.04 has passed end of life, so it would be a better idea to switch to Xubuntu 12.04 LTS, which should also run well with 1 GB RAM. (It's OK to test Lubuntu 12.04, but do not install it, because there will be no security updates of the desktop specific program packages.)

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