Desktop annoyances #1: gray display, extremely slow web

Jo-Erlend Schinstad joerlend.schinstad at
Fri Feb 5 18:10:32 GMT 2010

On 5 February 2010 16:42, David A. Cobb <superbiskit at> wrote:
>  I'll start by identifying my primary suspect for the source of the problem:
> I have "only" 256MiB of real memory (slightly less than 2GiB virtual).
>  Remember what Bill Gates once said -- "no one will ever need more than 65 K
> of memory."  The installation notes say this is the bare minimum to do the
> install, but that the system should function satisfactorily  once installed.
> My wife experiences this far more than I do, even though I can't identify
> any reason her account should be different from mine.  When she is browsing
> (usually Galeon, sometimes Firefox) the color bleaches out of the display,
> leaving everything in shades of gray.  During this condition, the UI becomes
> unresponsive.  My suspicion is that the system is thrashing pages at these
> times, so the screen is not correctly refreshed.  This also happens within
> Possibly directly related: complex web pages just CRAWL!  Her favorite site,
> one that demonstrates the painful experience, is
> <>.  RSN, I plan to point out to the
> webmaster there that the page would be more pleasant to load if the default
> <index.html>  just pointed out to various articles.  But that is opposed to
> the trend in web pages, so I just sound like the dinosaur I am.
> --
> David A. Cobb -- computing t-rex

The grey screen you're talking about, is a feature from a plugin for
Compiz. It shows you that the application isn't responding. You can
swith off that plugin if you like, by installing
or something similar.

I'd also recommend installing flashblock plugin for Firefox. Flash
really slows down Firefox, specially on sites with many ads.

Hope that helps,

Jo-Erlend Schinstad

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