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    is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    hello all

    i installed xubuntu jaunty on a 500mhx amd geode mini pc, with 512mb of ram, thinking it would run fine, yet to my surprise it is quite slow (firefox pages take ages to load) and not powerful enough to run a video through vlc, or stream a you tube flash movie

    it:'s a big letdown. but i'm thinking maybe something is setup wrong. can anyone help ?
    the manufacturer, kohjinsha, has issued linux drivers, which i downloaded, but i don't know what to do with them, how to install them

    i really hope someone can help

    thanks

    ben

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    Although Xfce (the desktop environment Xubuntu uses) is lighter than Gnome or KDE, it is still a full desktop environment.

    If you find that too heavy, you can always use a lightweight window manager like IceWM, Fluxbox, OpenBox, or Enlightenment.

    Here is a short guide to IceWM:
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/icewm

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    Yes, Xubuntu is too much for that.

    Run debian with a lightweight window manager.
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    Wink Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    Is it a Vye?
    I'd really recommend Crunchbang. I've run Crunchbang on one before, succesfully. it even runs Firefox!
    From their website:
    CrunchBang Linux is an Ubuntu based distribution offering a great blend of speed, style and substance. Using the nimble Openbox window manager, it is highly customisable and provides a modern, full-featured GNU/Linux system without sacrificing performance.
    http://crunchbanglinux.org/
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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    thanks for your answers, it's a 2008 second hand kohjinsha SA1F00,
    don't get me wrong, xcfe is useable, if slightly slow, especially scrolling web pages in firefox.. i'm just surprised that it's not possible to read a movie file, since it was possible on the original windows xp version (which doesn't boot anymore)

    i was thinking that maybe something was badly setup, as explained in this thread
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1256960

    khojinsha has issued drivers for linux for this model, though i'm not sure what to do with them
    http://www.kohjinsha.com.sg/products/drivers.htm

    tonight i managed to stream some adsl tv in vlc on this machine, but it seems that youtube'se java and regular avi movie files won't work, which is a little surprising.

    the rest seems fine. i haven't been able to fix the proper video definition though, and i really thimk this might be linked to the setup, since the machine was pretty much able to handle movie files on windos xp

    here's some info on the machine

    http://www.engadget.com/2006/11/06/k...r-than-a-umpc/

    http://www.kohjinsha.com.sg/products/sa1f00ks.htm

    http://www.biztoolbelt.com/2006/12/k...1f00_umpc.html

    mine is a non-touch screen japanese one, with a 500mhz amd geode processor.

    i'm also wondering how i can access the two ntfs partitions that windows was installed on.
    i haven't managed to reinstall windos so i might reformat them
    Last edited by bjaz; September 6th, 2009 at 10:35 PM.

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    I also recommend CrunchBang for that box.

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    hate to say it, but on a notebook that weak (I have a Compaq Armada m700), you should stick with Windows. Say what you want about Windows, but without Visual Styles it's a LOT faster than Xfce. Xfce is almsot too much for the 700 mHz machine I'm typing on now, so it'd probably be painfully slow.

    -Ben (haha I'm Ben too)

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    Crunchbang would run great on it for sure. Or Ubuntu Minimal with LXDE.

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    i'll give CrunchBang a try then.
    edit, i'm looking into now. so far it's runing from the CD, which is slow, and i'm installing it to disk


    thanks

    ben
    Last edited by bjaz; September 7th, 2009 at 01:45 PM.

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    Re: is xubuntu too much for 500mhz AMD geode umpc with 512mb of ram ? slow, no videos

    ok, i did something radical and installed crunchbang, swiping off both windows (didn't boot anymore anyway, and couldn't find anyone to help fix the boot), AND the working xubuntu partition i had.



    clicking on a movie file on an external hard disk doesn't seem to do much, which is the same issue i was having with xubuntu, and watching a you tube video is still too much.

    i might go back to xubuntu, as i frankly don't see that much of a difference in multimedia support. i'm just a little disapointed as the original japanese windows xp version could read videos, and I had no clue that ubuntu based systems couldn't. as explained in the links i posted above, this is a recent machine, not an old one, and when i used it on the windows side i never saw such multimedia support issues, even thought the processor is only a 500mb geode.. now the windows side is gone, i'm a little dissapointed (and cannot reinstall windows since the machine didn't come with a CD)

    i'll hang on with crunch for a moment, but have a few questions, as i'm feeling a little lost :

    kohjinsha offers linux drivers for this machine here

    http://www.kohjinsha.com.sg/products/drivers.htm

    . could they be of any use in this case, for multimedia support ? or anyway to use more of the 80gig on the drive to lighten up the processor's work ?

    and also how could i get the display to 800x480, which i believe is what it should be.


    and synaptic doesn't display the same apps as it did in xubuntu, what is this due to ?

    thanks again



    b

    ben
    Last edited by bjaz; September 7th, 2009 at 04:14 PM.

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