Computer is slowing down
John R. Sowden
jsowden at americansentry.net
Sat Dec 7 21:06:02 UTC 2013
On 12/07/2013 03:50 AM, Gene Heskett wrote:
> On Saturday 07 December 2013 06:49:51 John R. Sowden did opine:
>> On 12/04/2013 01:54 AM, John R. Sowden wrote:
>>> I have been using the same computer (Pentium 4 3.0GHz 1GB RAM (shared
>>> 875 MB for non-video use) 1.5GB swap, 13.10 xubuntu/xfce desktop) for
>>> several years, and its been working fine. Click on an icon, the
>>> program executes right away, etc.
>>> In the last year, the system seems to have been slowing down. It
>>> takes 2-3 seconds from a click on an icon until the program starts to
>>> execute (not up and running). I am wondering if xubuntu is getting
>>> bigger and bigger, taking more ram (I assume that is the issue)
>>> without letting us know that requirements are changing. I also am
>>> wondering if more non-essential programs are being added to the
>>> install that are running in ram, that are not necessarily needed.
>>> Any thoughts?
>> Ok, lots of ideas, so after some checking, here goes:
>> question re: root dir: 19 directories, no files, 5 links to init.rd,
>> vmlinuz, vmlinuz.old, libnss. these seem current
>> (latest version).
>> have I run top? no (thought that was sys monitor in console mode): 179
>> tasks running, most sleeping, 896MB ram, 179MB free.
>> which cpu: 32 bit pent 4
>> run "df -h": sda7 (mounted at root) 94% used 1.2GB free
> This is bad, what partition is it, as in mount point?
>> could not find how to read SMART data (looked in gparted-no)
>> System Monitor: (with firefox running and thunderbird running)
>> cpu1 5%, cpu2 11% memory 55% flat line (no change), swap: 6% flat
>> line-no change
>> processed: running evolution (isn't that a mail program?-I don't use
>> it). why is 'pulse audio "h=very high priority? all processes show 0%
>> cpu (doesn't seem right)
>> what I am questioning is: what's changed. My use hasn't, so all I can
>> think of of code bloat, uh, I mean program upgrades. Does ubuntu let us
>> know about additional ram requirements with new versions or other
>> I think that is about it. Thanks for all the input.
> Cheers, Gene
I ran sudo apt-get autoclean and sudo apt-get autoclean from the ubuntu
support page referenced in one of the answers. it mainly got rid of a
lot of perl lib files (hope that is not a problem).
then I ran df -h results:
Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda7 20G 17G 2.0G 90% /
none 4.0K 0 4.0K 0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev 426M 12K 426M 1% /dev
tmpfs 88M 1.1M 87M 2% /run
none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
none 438M 164K 438M 1% /run/shm
none 100M 28K 100M 1% /run/user
/dev/sda8 15G 8.0K 15G 1% /media/secure
/dev/sda9 4.2G 128M 4.1G 4% /mnt/e
which partition is /sda7? I assume that is a partition name (device=sda,
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