[ubuntu-uk] Poor performance with Ubuntu on my laptop
zleap at zleap.net
Thu Oct 4 15:14:15 UTC 2012
On 04/10/12 15:54, Gareth France wrote:
> I was thrilled when I recently got a brand new laptop for the 2nd time
> in my life. It's a budget model but I figured with 4Gb DDR3 and a
> 500Gb HDD it was a massive improvement over my ageing dell which had
> only a 60Gb drive. The new machine was a catalogue purchase where they
> listed it as simply having a Pentium processor. I joked at the time
> that this either means they were too lazy to type i3 or that it comes
> with a processor from 1995! It is a Packard Bell EasyNote TK85.
> Little did I know how right I was! The performance is a joke! Playing
> music in Banshee while browsing web pages leads to light skipping.
> Using certain sites firefox greys out and freezes every 30 seconds or
> so! It's just not coping.
> I never ran Windows on it, wiping the drive before it completed the
> first boot was extremely satisfying, however having realised a
> friend's Acer 5733z is literally identical, all bar cosmetic changes
> to the trackpad, power button etc, it got me thinking. They haven't
> complained about anything on their machine. Both have the Pentium
> P6200 processor.
> I'm running Ubuntu 12.04 32 bit on there at the moment. I was
> wondering if someone could suggest a distro which is less podgy to
> install and see if that works any better.
You could try simply installing the lubuntu desktop, this will then
retain the advantages of ubuntu in terms of say software centre, apt-
repositories etc, but use the lxde desktop which is less resource
hungry. Plus you won't have to re-install everything.
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