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Bernie Gallagher
July 5th, 2010, 06:18 PM
I've noticed an occasional problem. I don't think the problem is with Ubuntu, because I had a similar problem with XP (which is why I trashed XP and installed Ubuntu). Anyway, usually when I'm in Firefox (but other applications as well), I'd be typing away and suddenly the screen would go gray and everything would freeze; it ignores my kb input and my mouse movements. This lasts anywhere from a few seconds to close to a minute. Then I can do stuff again, then it happens again. Regularly.

The computer is a HP Pavilion ZE4900 (ze4930us) laptop with a 1.3 GHz Celeron processor, 200 MB, and a 40 GB hard drive. Yes, it's a few years old. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic) Kernel Linux 2.6.31-14 generic GNOME 2.28.1

Is this a function of my old computer, or is there some setting or config I can do to make Ubuntu more peppy?

Frogs Hair
July 5th, 2010, 07:30 PM
Hi,
256 mb of memory is the minimum recommended for Ubuntu desk top editions. The CPU requirement is 1ghz so you may be light on memory.

lkjoel
July 5th, 2010, 07:43 PM
I've noticed an occasional problem. I don't think the problem is with Ubuntu, because I had a similar problem with XP (which is why I trashed XP and installed Ubuntu). Anyway, usually when I'm in Firefox (but other applications as well), I'd be typing away and suddenly the screen would go gray and everything would freeze; it ignores my kb input and my mouse movements. This lasts anywhere from a few seconds to close to a minute. Then I can do stuff again, then it happens again. Regularly.

The computer is a HP Pavilion ZE4900 (ze4930us) laptop with a 1.3 GHz Celeron processor, 200 MB, and a 40 GB hard drive. Yes, it's a few years old. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 (karmic) Kernel Linux 2.6.31-14 generic GNOME 2.28.1

Is this a function of my old computer, or is there some setting or config I can do to make Ubuntu more peppy?
As Frogs Hair said, you are way under the minimum system requirements.
You usually need around 1gig of ram.

ZarlacMing
July 5th, 2010, 07:43 PM
Hi,

Since you're having similar problems on both Windows XP and Ubuntu it could be hardware related. I would start to do a memory check to eliminate the possibility of a memory failure. Try to run a memtest on your computer, Link to MemTest86+ (http://www.memtest.org/)
You also say that the screen goes gray, which could indicate that the graphic memory or the LCD is the cause to your problem.

ajgreeny
July 5th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Just get some more ram if the MB will allow you to add more. That will make the biggest possible difference on that old machine.

Or you could, of course, use another Linux such as Puppy. The newest version of that known as Lupu 5, is based on lucid packages, but otherwise nothing like lucid. Try it; I think you might like it, and it will certainly be blisteringly fast in comparison.

lkjoel
July 5th, 2010, 09:06 PM
Just get some more ram if the MB will allow you to add more. That will make the biggest possible difference on that old machine.

Or you could, of course, use another Linux such as Puppy. The newest version of that known as Lupu 5, is based on lucid packages, but otherwise nothing like lucid. Try it; I think you might like it, and it will certainly be blisteringly fast in comparison.
I would highly recommend NOT installing it.
I am currently using it for a month, since I am not with my Ubuntu desktop, and it is not like Ubuntu at all.
If anyone knows how to use it, I would be all ears.

ajgreeny
July 5th, 2010, 09:19 PM
I would highly recommend NOT installing it.
I am currently using it for a month, since I am not with my Ubuntu desktop, and it is not like Ubuntu at all.
If anyone knows how to use it, I would be all ears.
What exactly is your problem with lupu? I have not installed it, but have tried it and found it worked very well on my system, which I admit is much newer and faster than the OP's

I know this is not a Puppy forum, but I'm just interested to know what you found so difficult to use.

lkjoel
July 5th, 2010, 10:12 PM
What exactly is your problem with lupu? I have not installed it, but have tried it and found it worked very well on my system, which I admit is much newer and faster than the OP's

I know this is not a Puppy forum, but I'm just interested to know what you found so difficult to use.
I'm saying no because I'm using puppy 4.3.2, and I can barely use it.
Many commands are missing, and well, simply, Ubuntu is way better.

Bernie Gallagher
July 5th, 2010, 10:55 PM
Actually, my solution is that I'm going to convert my main desktop computer to Ubuntu next (dual core 4 GHz CPU, 4 GB ram, 160 GB hard drive). That old laptop was just a trial bed to see how well I like Linux. I confirmed that I can access my email accounts, get online to all my favorite web sites (such as YouTube), set up Yahoo Messenger, and that it has a text editor that I can live with (sorry, but I absolutely despise vi).

I just hadn't expected to be forced into it right now. You see, I bought my desktop PC about a month ago from Best Buy. Just a short while ago, it declared that its version of Windoze wasn't Genuine(tm), and it's been nagging me every 5 minutes to contact M$ to buy a valid version. I called M$ who told me that my Windoze product key is valid but my version of Windoze 7 isn't a full version. My only solution is to take the computer back to Best Buy or buy a full version of Windoze. No thanks! I'm not going to schlep my computer back to Best Buy. I'll call Best Buy to see what they say tomorrow. But anything less than them coming to my house with a new computer and take this one away will mean it is getting Linufied...

lkjoel
July 6th, 2010, 06:26 PM
Actually, my solution is that I'm going to convert my main desktop computer to Ubuntu next (dual core 4 GHz CPU, 4 GB ram, 160 GB hard drive). That old laptop was just a trial bed to see how well I like Linux. I confirmed that I can access my email accounts, get online to all my favorite web sites (such as YouTube), set up Yahoo Messenger, and that it has a text editor that I can live with (sorry, but I absolutely despise vi).

I just hadn't expected to be forced into it right now. You see, I bought my desktop PC about a month ago from Best Buy. Just a short while ago, it declared that its version of Windoze wasn't Genuine(tm), and it's been nagging me every 5 minutes to contact M$ to buy a valid version. I called M$ who told me that my Windoze product key is valid but my version of Windoze 7 isn't a full version. My only solution is to take the computer back to Best Buy or buy a full version of Windoze. No thanks! I'm not going to schlep my computer back to Best Buy. I'll call Best Buy to see what they say tomorrow. But anything less than them coming to my house with a new computer and take this one away will mean it is getting Linufied...
If you do miss the windows interface to anything, there are many alternatives.
Check the Linux Cheat sheet. http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1524670

Bernie Gallagher
July 9th, 2010, 12:33 AM
Well, I'll grant that Windoze is real pretty and shiny and slick. But the Ubuntu desktop is functional and practical, and I was hoping to have an excuse to go into the deep end of the Linux pool.

Fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you look at it), I called eMachines after talking to some Geek Squad dude at Best Buy, and they fixed me right up. It seems there's a hidden Windoze install CD image on my hard drive, hidden from malware, and pressing a weird key combo at boot-up wiped my hard drive and reinstalled Windoze from scratch. Virus gone! Windoze good! Lucky I believe in frequent backups, and I keep a lot of stuff on scattered USB thumb drives, so I didn't lose anything critical. Still, I'm using my Linux laptop right now. There's something satisfying about software that was created for a reason other than to make one person insanely rich...

But since Windoze came with my PC and I paid good money for it, I'm not going to throw it away so quickly...

Still, I'm using my Linux laptop right now. There's something inherently satisfying about using software that wasn't created just to make one person insanely rich.

Bernie Gallagher
August 7th, 2010, 07:24 PM
If you do miss the windows interface to anything, there are many alternatives.

Right. I finally got sick of the ugly brown borders, menu bars, and desktop image, and replaced it with blue borders and menu bars, and a sparkly blue desktop image.

Now if only they would implement that aero feature in a future release of Ubuntu...

lazerousz
August 7th, 2010, 07:44 PM
Curiously, why don't you dual-boot your main computer so you can try Ubuntu running at full speed on a newer computer? And as for the color scheme, I'd recommend giving http://www.bisigi-project.org/?lang=en The themes from Bisigi a try as well. I find them to be very pleasant and as bneing able to just install them and not make serious changes I wish that wdm(Windows Display Manager) allowed for easier editing on this level as it would be wonderful to run the Eco theme on there. And don't forget that you can use Compiz to up the pizazz on your system for moving windows and such. As a user of both and enjoyer of both I hope this helps ya out!

Bernie Gallagher
August 8th, 2010, 12:44 AM
When I bought my new computer a few months ago, I bought a second 1 TB drive with the intention of installing a removable drive bay so that I could have completely separate removable drives for Windoze and Linux. But when I got it home, the drive bays are behind these little plastic doors that aren't big enough to slide a drive caddy through. I don't want to smash the case of a brand new PC, so I'm still exploring ways to be able to boot from the internal drive or the external drive with Ubuntu on it.

That machine boots Win 7 within seconds, so it has plenty of power. Linux would run awesome on it!

lkjoel
August 9th, 2010, 12:46 AM
Right. I finally got sick of the ugly brown borders, menu bars, and desktop image, and replaced it with blue borders and menu bars, and a sparkly blue desktop image.

Now if only they would implement that aero feature in a future release of Ubuntu...
Use compiz + emerald.
It has everything you need.
Once you have emerald installed, check on: http://compiz-themes.org/index.php?xsortmode=high&page=0&xcontentmode=103 for many cool themes.