Really slow response from Ubuntu LiveCD

j&l j_lp at
Mon Aug 18 23:29:12 UTC 2008

Hi Bob .My name is John Papineau and I build Linux system and also have 
a Linux club in Nelson bc were people can get information about Unbuntu 
and open source software.

_*Ubuntu minimum requirement for best performance*_

To find out if the pc would preformed better if Ubuntu was installed on 
the computer your can take a old hard drive and install ubuntu on it . 
This will give you a good geest on how ubuntu will preform  on this 
computer. In my experience I have found out that a computers installed 
with ubuntu 8.04 need  at less 300 or better memory to work good on a 
computers . The cpu if Amd shod be at less 1ghz and the video card shod 
at less be a Agp that get get 16 bit color.

*Installing Ubuntu compare to run from cd.

*The*  deference of installing  Ubuntu to running it from the cd or dvd 
can be a big deference.The  deference can be attributed  to the size of 
the cd or dvd that is loading the Ubuntu system.For example Ubuntu will 
load faster on a cd that is 50x then 24x.

retrieving data

if you want to retrieve the data on this hard drive and have a more 
powerfully computers you can buy a usb adapter cable that will attach to 
this hard drive and permit you to plug it in the usb socket so, that you 
can see the drive and get the data out.

I hope that this will help you.

have a great day

from Nelson open source

Bob Jonkman wrote:
> Hi all:  Yesterday I was trying to fix someone's really old PC by 
> removing Windows98 and installing Ubuntu (7.10).  The PC dates from 
> 1999, and holds a maximum of 128 MiBytes RAM. I tried installing more 
> RAM, but the  motherboard configuration switches max out at 128 MiBytes 
> and additional RAM just isn't recognized.
> With Win98 still on the computer I tried to run the Live CDs Ubuntu 
> 7.10 and Kubuntu 7.10 so that I could rescue all his documents by 
> copying them to a thumb drive (Win98 doesn't support thumb drives 
> without additional drivers).
> Unfortunately, both Ubuntu and Kubuntu were abysmally slow.  It took at 
> least 30 minutes to get through the booting and get to a file browser 
> so that I could copy the files (which took less than a minute).  
> Dragging a window couldn't be done in real time - it took over a minute 
> for the window to appear at the new location, and in the meantime the 
> mouse cursor was completely unresponsive.
> I also tried Knoppix 4.10 (a CD from 2005), and in comparison it was 
> wonderfully snappy and responsive.
> I left Win98 on the computer, since I didn't want to risk such poor 
> response with Ubuntu installed.
> Is it possible that Ubuntu would work much better once installed on the 
> hard drive?  If so, what might be causing the poor performance on the 
> Live CD?  Are Live CDs known to be much MUCH slower than installed?  
> How come Knoppix was so much better?
> I'm sure everything would work better with more memory, but this PC 
> hardware isn't capable of more than 128 MiBytes.
> --Bob.
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