12.04 become unusable

Drac Noc drac.noc at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 20:53:20 UTC 2012

On 09/09/12 17:33, G. wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM, Liam Proven <lproven at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On 9 September 2012 15:18, G. <pegngaryubuntu at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Well then there's something going on with this machine or
>>> installation.  I've read some others using Unity without much trouble
>>> on this very machine and with less memory installed.  I think all is
>>> well with the memory and hard drive so there are some things slowing
>>> it up.
>>> My only start up applications are drop box and the weather indicator,
>>> which is not working any longer anyway.  At the moment, running just
>>> Midori, I am using 1.2 gigs of memory running 2D.  Gnome system
>>> monitor takes up quite a bit of cPU time but only from time to time.
>>> I have seen it bounce up to 68% per System Monitor.
>> Do bear in mind that the kernel will use a large chunk of any
>> unoccupied memory for the disk cache. It leaves some RAM totally
>> uncommitted so that if you load a large app, it can give the app that
>> free space instantly without having to deallocate some of the disk
>> cache then shrink it and free up memory that way.
>> But yes, that does sound a bit odd.
>> I might be tempted to try a different OS (or at least a different
>> Linux distro) on the machine, just in case it highlights problems that
>> Ubuntu is ignoring, not seeing or not telling you about.
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> I've installed Lunbuntu 12.04.  It is quick as a whip.  File manager
> opens in a heartbeat.   I have not notice it highlighting any problems
> relative to Ubuntu 12.04.
> garyk
I have an NC110 w/ 12.04. Unity was a show stopper so I reverted it back
to XFCE. The performance is much better. I haven't seen any performance
issues so far, but I do know there was a huge bug with the backlight
controls and some of the other Fn keys. It required a BIOS upgrade to
fix them.

That may have been resolved in 12.04 w/o the BIOS upgrade, but I had
hell with them in 11.10. Drop FreeDOS onto a USB with the BIOS .exe
file, then boot from USB, change to drive C: at the dos prompt and call
the .exe.

You'll need mains power and balls of steel - the NC110 gives off a lot
of system beeps as it upgrades.

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