Problems with ubuntu 11.04

Andrew andy.allen at
Tue Aug 9 17:31:47 UTC 2011

On Tue, 2011-08-09 at 13:32 +0100, Colin Law wrote:

> 11.04 is fine as far as I am concerned.   It will be superseded by
> 11.10 in October (11 is the year and 10 is the month of release).
> Ubuntu should certainly not be unstable and many find it noticeably
> faster than running Windows on the same hardware.
> How much RAM have you got?
> Exactly what do you mean by unstable?  Give an example of the problem
> in as much detail as you can.
> In what way does it appear slow?  What activity takes longer than you expect?
> When it is going slow is the disk light continually flickering for
> tens of seconds (ie disc thrashing)?
> Are you using the Unity interface (with the icons down the side) or
> the Classic interface with the menus across the top?
Hi Colin,
Thanks for the reply - my system (according to System Monitor) has 495.6
MiB memory and the processor is Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 1700MHz,
available disk space 29.0 GiB, so presumably should be OK.
When I say unstable, I mean that, with certain applications running, eg
mail and web browser, sometimes everything disappears from the screen
for a few seconds (except the coloured background) and then reappears -
so the system doesn't crash. It's working OK at the moment because I've
only got the mail client open - I just opened Firefox web browser and it
happened again so maybe the problem is with Firefox?
The other problem I've got is with the HP Colour Laserjet 3500 printer
installation - as I said I've installed hplip-3.11.7 and everything
seems fine except that, when I print the test page from the HPLIP Status
Service icon all features appear correct except the Color Wheel - the
colours don't look right according to the lettering around the wheel.
No - I'm not using the Unity interface because I got the message that my
hardware isn't adequate for that - so I'm using the Classic interface.


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