[ubuntu-uk] Memory problems with Gutsy and OpenOffice

les Les at lescunningham.orangehome.co.uk
Sat Oct 27 00:33:16 BST 2007


A first post by someone who has been lurking for some time, picking up 
useful bits of information.

I used Synaptic to upgrade from Feisty to Gutsy, and now find that 
OpenOffice Calc slows right down and can freeze my computer after a few 
minutes of use. Using System Monitor shows that memory usage climbs to 
about 95% (of 512 Mb) whereupon things grind to halt with the hard drive 
   running continuously. I had previously noticed that System Monitor 
reported the swap size as 7.8 Mb, whereas I thought I had a swap 
partition of something like 512 Mb, but I never bothered much about this 
as there did not seem to be any problems when I was using Feisty - I 
thought that maybe it was being reported wrongly. However, GParted 
showed that the swap partition was only indeed about 8 Mb, and so I 
increased it to about 512 Mb. However, the swap size still appears to be 
only 8 Mb after re-booting and using
	sudo swapoff -a
	sudo swapon /dev/sdb5
	sudo swapon -s
Any suggestions as to how I can get all the swap partition into use?

Also, has anyone else had similar problems with OpenOffice and Gutsy? I 
have used Google to try to find out about this, but although there are 
some problems being reported, none of them seem to be related to mine. 
So far I have re-installed OpenOffice Calc without any improvement, but 
have still to try re-installing the whole OpenOffice suite.

One other problem with the upgrade was that VMplayer no longer worked - 
I had to uninstall it and download the latest version from the VMware 
website to get it working again.


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