View Full Version : [xubuntu] Slow Laptop: Xubuntu best bet?

May 7th, 2008, 03:56 AM
My friend gave me his laptop its a pentium 1.7ghz 256mb ram and 30gb hdd

i just installed xubuntu on it and im loving it, but it still seems to run a bit slow. are there any simple tweaks that i can do to get more performance out of my laptop?? also im having trouble playing videos on youtube.. i've installed the swf plugin that firefox suggested and gstreamer, however the video seems to lag.

May 7th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Open Applications -> Settings -> Services and disable the services that you do not need.

May 7th, 2008, 04:06 AM
Thats not too terrible. You could really run full on ubuntu on it and probably be fine. If you want max performance Xubuntu from the ubuntu family or damn small linux from all linux distros. Im sure gurus will have other suggestions as well.

May 7th, 2008, 04:07 AM
Open Applications -> Settings -> Services and disable the services that you do not need.

Nice tip here btw. Adding my thanks because i never looked in there.

May 7th, 2008, 04:12 AM
And yeah, Xubuntu should do just fine. Go to Ubuntuguide.org for a few other tips on how to speed it up.

The best thing you could do for it would be to add some more RAM though. Even something as small as another 128MB stick would do wonders.

May 7th, 2008, 04:14 AM
Thanks Alot for the quick replies. very helpful tips, thank you.

May 7th, 2008, 04:22 AM
Your laptop sound similar to mine; what is it? My laptop runs rather slow too ... I run the full ubuntu 8.04 on it. It's a pentium M - 512mb ram - 40gb hdd - Nvidia GeForce 5200 go ... not bad but not wonderful either.

May 7th, 2008, 04:40 AM
I just find it kind of funny when people refer to laptops like that as "old". I wish somebody would give me a laptop that old.

Then again, my laptop is a Pentium II, so what do I know? ;)

May 7th, 2008, 05:02 AM
I just installed Xubuntu on an old Emachines 500ix with a 500mhz Celeron cpu, 192 mbs RAM, and a 12 gb "Bigfoot" hdd.
It dualboots Win2k and Xubuntu v8.04. Xubuntu is a little slow but it's still faster than Win2k.
I'll max out the RAM (256 mbs) and give it to my daughter.
What the heck! I was tired of using it as a doorstop and replaced it with a brick.:)

Xiong Chiamiov
May 7th, 2008, 05:09 AM
Though it's not an official derivative, you could use Fluxbuntu (http://fluxbuntu.org), which uses Fluxbox. That said, when you're talking about Linux, that's not old at all. Or, I suppose, you could use IceWM (http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/icewm) on top of Xubuntu.

May 7th, 2008, 05:13 AM
If you really want to maximize the Ubuntu speed, install a command-line system and just add the packages you need. It's how I built my aforementioned laptop.

May 7th, 2008, 05:18 AM

It's from one of our Mods, K.Mandla. I have found more than a few suggestions in that to be really helpful, and I bet it would help put a little snap into your system. It's either that or try out Puppy or DSL. (Puppy is rather nice for old stuff.)


May 7th, 2008, 06:02 AM
By adding "profile" to my grub menu really helped on my system. You only do it for the first boot though. It is only needed once in a wile.

May 7th, 2008, 06:07 AM
I think you can stop servises what you think you never need. And I think xubuntu still faster than windows. so don't be so sad :)

May 7th, 2008, 01:59 PM
Here's a guide for a minimal system: