Ubuntu :: 8.10 - IBM ThinkPad R32 Poor Performance
Feb 8, 2010
i'm trying to run ubuntu 8.10 intrepid ibex on an old hand-me-down laptop that i got from a family member, and i've noticed that the performance is actually much worse than it was on windows xp professional (32-bit).
first of all let me give you my specs:
ibm thinkpad r32
intel mobile pentium 4-m 2.0 ghz
ati radeon mobility m6 (i think this is actually the mobility radeon 7000 igp) with 16mb ram
256 mb ram (pc-2100)
i understand that these are very low performance specs, but it feels like the computer is running very sluggishly even for those specs. the computer ran just fine in windows xp, but is extremely sluggish in ubuntu. it seems like it detected all the hardware just fine, but i feel like it may not be utilizing the cpu and/or video to the extent that it should be. a couple of places where it really seems to struggle is when first opening new programs, viewing flash intensive web 2.0 type webpages (i.e. videos), and listening to music/podcasts (with rhythmbox).
it seems like rhythmbox really kills my performance more than anything else, but the performance is poor all around compared to xp, and i feel like that shouldn't be the case. like i said, i understand that the specs are poor, but it feels like it's not even living up to those specs. i know that 8.10 is old and outdated now, but it's what i had laying around and i figured that it might perform better on this old deprecated laptop than 9.10 would anyway. am i wrong in this assumption? would 9.10 perform better for me?
I am running karmic and have wireless performance which is terrible on the EEE 1000HA I see it as low as 1mbit at times and others at 24mbit and briefly at 48 and 54mbits. running an Internet speed test with wireless I get pathetic speeds as low as 15Kbps, Its 5 feet from the wireless router ... and other machines that are wireless in the same area show 54mbits and perform great ... any one solve this problem with the asus EEE1000HA running on karmic?
I just installed Ubuntu 10.04 on a laptop that was given to me. It is having a lot of lag issues,especially when playing videos and visiting websites using flash. It's an Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz machine. I think that it should perform better because I had used and AMD Sempron 2.0GHz machine with Ubuntu before and video playback was much better than this. I'm thinking that my problem is the graphics card driver. Here is the card that this machine has:
Code: :~$ lspci | grep Radeon 01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon IGP 330M/340M/350M The AMD machine was using a VIA graphics chipset.
I used the command "Xorg -configure" to create a xorg.conf file, hoping that might help. But it didn't. Here it is:
Is there any tweaking that I can do in the xorg.conf that might help? I don't know which of those options I should set. I also tried changing the driver to "ati" but that did nothing. found some info for settings with "man radeon", I'm going to try some of those out.
I experience very poor desktop performance on my system. General clicking responsiveness is poor, taking over second or two to focus to a new window, move windows around, ... etc. The Xorg process constantly uses over 60% of the CPU even when I'm doing nothing, and when I do click around it will quickly go up near 100% usage. Performance is initially OK when I first launch into my Gnome environment, but it soon deteriorates within 30 minutes or so. Eventually, after days of being up and running, my desktop will crash.I am running Ubuntu 10.10 with latest upgrades. I have four monitors attached to my "nVidia Corporation G98 [Quadro NVS 420]" graphics card. I am running the "NVIDIA accelerated graphics driver (version current)" recommended in the Ubuntu "Additional Drivers" app. I get a fair number (hundreds) of these in my /var/log/Xorg.0.log:
though they don't appear constantly while my desktop is running (I assume they may come in batches?). Not sure if they're relevant. A separate issue, though possibly related, is the SpeedCrunch app (a desktop calculator) is guaranteed to crash my desktop as soon as it gets focus. Here's the relevant output of "lspci -v" which shows my graphics card:
03:00.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation NF200 PCIe 2.0 switch for Quadro Plex S4 / Tesla S870 / Tesla S1070 / Tesla S2050 (rev a3) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode]) Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0 Bus: primary=03, secondary=04, subordinate=06, sec-latency=0
I have an ATI RADEON 7000 (taken from lspci) 64 MB graphics card. My computer has a 700 MHz Celeron CPU and 650 MB RAM with Ubuntu 10.04. Anything graphical is slow. I cannot even play basic games like SuperTux. I think it is a graphics driver problem. Will this card ever work well with Linux, what do I need to do?
I just installed CentOS 5.4 on a brand new DL160 G6. In order to get the data raided I decided to go with mdraid. But I see quite harsh performance hits, I have no GUI or anything and just the basic server installation, and even the console feels sluggish.
The output from getinfo.sh disk:
==================== BEGIN uname -rmi ==================== 2.6.18-164.15.1.el5 x86_64 x86_64 ==================== END uname -rmi ====================
So for the last, oh, three or four hours now, I've been trying to get videos to play properly in Ubuntu. I have the default player, I have vlc, I (apparently) installed mplayer, but it won't play anything at all.
I was having horrible screen tearing with standard definition .avi's in vlc, fixed that by setting vsync in catalyst control center to always on or whatever it is.
Now, I have tried to run a 720p x264 video. It PLAYS, but not well. Audio is fine, however video is all jerky in VLC, and in Totem it's just a mess of screen tearing (although the video does no jerk on that player).
I have just spent HOURS trying to get VIDEOS TO PLAY. This makes no sense. Playing a video should be the simplest thing in the world for any OS to do, but with Ubuntu it is like pulling teeth. I have NEVER been so frustrated while using a computer. What is going on here?
BTW, I installed every single thing needed to use mplayer but it still does not work. The player comes up but will not play any type of file.
My system specs: 2.2Ghz dual core (intel) 3gb ram 1GB radeon hd 4650 vid card asus ipibl-lb mobo
I was really enjoying Ubuntu until I got around to trying to watch some videos. Now I am maybe minutes away from going back to vista. At least on there I can watch full 1080p videos if I want with no problems.
I am running kubuntu 9.10 on a dell inspiron 14 with an intel GM45 graphics card. When I run 3d games like Nexuiz, openarena and tremulous I get really random performance. Sometimes things are totally playable with somewhere between 50-80 fps and other times I get maybe 4 fps and everything takes forever to load. These effects persists between logouts, X restarts and reboots! I get no errors when I run things in console either.I never really play games much but when something doesn't work...
iwconfig shows that the bit rate is 130Mb/s and link quality is 98/100. I'm using the wcid network manager instead of defaul gnome one. I'm getting lots of packet loss and performance is very bad. The connection is practically unusable. I've tried installing the compat wireless backport package but that did not work at all.
ok, we had to move one of our databases due to failing hardware. This box is newer than the old but it's just dog slow. 1st I thought it was mysql but now I am realizing it's the network. As a test, I tried copying a remote file to that box and the old server (located at the same co-lo, same provider), same switch, etc.Here are the results;
Old server: access_log.1 100% 4192KB 1.4MB/s 00:03
New Server: access_log.1 100% 4192KB 72.3KB/s 00:58
So now I see why people were complaining about webpage load times, etc. I can't figure out why the network latency. I looked around a bit, see below for some things, I thought mtu, nic speed, etc.
mii-tool shows; eth0: 100 Mbit, full duplex, link ok eth1: 100 Mbit, full duplex, link ok[code].....
Are there other things I can type to test or provide more feedback somehow to get more information.
I've just removed fedora 10 and installed CentOS 5.4 both x86_56 on my Lenovo ThinkCentre 9091-CTO workstation, and observed serious performance degradation while intensive I/O operations and huge load without significant CPU consumption in user mode with about 50% in I/o wait.For example if I do the "tar xjvf some_large_tar.bz" file and run vmstat i get the output below. This is the only cpu and io intensive process running. The load gets up to 6 on C2D CPU and the machine has unacceptable responsivness.
[root@f00 ~]# vmstat 5 10 procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- -----cpu------ r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id wa st
I have an ATI Radeon x1300 graphic card on an Intel platform.Since the last reinstall my Debian Squeeze system shows very poor performance in glxgears,only 80-90 FPS. Last time I had a problem the kms setting in the kernel. I disabled the modding setting in GRUB and then glxgears showed about 900-1300 FPS. Now,the problem is back, even though I made the same setting in the boot loader.
i had recently loaded squeeze and had an issue with the 2d performance.i.e when being prompted for the root password, the shading slowly draws down the screen several times before stopping at the final darker shade. i then added the linux-firmware-nonfree package. all worked extremely well, even compiz, but i don't really care about compiz. i just loaded it to see how it performed. i then distro-hopped a bit and when i came back to squeeze the first thing i did was add the package, but the video is acting like i haven't added the package. i've searched for an answer, but have not found anything recent to indicate if xorg was upgraded or what.stable lenny works fine, but i'd rather have the nice console fonts when not in x and more up to date apps like gimp and xsane in squeeze.
I installed on a Intel SR2612UR Server with integrated LSI Expander and a Adaptec 5805Z controller a Raid 6 Array with 12x 2TB Drives (2 ext4 Partition: 16TB, 2TB), but I get very poor read speed depending on the blocksize that I set it vary between 130 MB/s and maximally 170 MB/s which is really poor for a Raid 6 Array of 12 drives, on a similar Dell Server I get above 650 MB/s. The Adaptec Controller has the latest Firmware installed.
This is a thread I've moved over from the install forum and is hopefully more focused. Sorry if I have violated some protocol. Problem I have a new machine build configured to dual-boot Windows 7 and OPENSUSE 11.4. Network performance in Windows is very good but network performance in OPENSUSE is very poor.
I just wanted to know if having my laptop set to ondemand, will this affect performance in any way? I realize it increases the clock speed to performance when the CPU is under load, but does the time it take to go from ondemand to performance affect speed? Will there be any noticeable difference between the two setups? I have a dual core intel at 2.2GHz when in performance. When ondemand is set with no load it downclocks to 800Mhz.
Ever since I upgraded to 9.10, I've had poor sound quality. There is occasional popping, hissing ans just generally poor sound. I've found several posts about loss of sound but no solution for bad sound quality. Didn't there used to be a way to select your sound in Ubuntu? I remember having a pull down choice of ALSA, Pulse or OSS. I can't find that any more and Pulse seems to be deemed the culprit in other posts I've read. How do I change to ALSA or OSS?
my hard drive has 6 partitions, c for windows xp, d for windows 7, e for ubuntu10.04 f is a empty partition which is the origin of my disaster, so, please be patient to hear .i wanna install mac os x in my partition f,so i open the disk management in windows xp, and inadvertently deleted all the logical drives after parition f ,i,e, from partition f to partition h are all deleted due to my stupid mis-operation.
now,each time i power on the computer, it goes to a command line with "grub-rescue>", i had followed the steps provided by other people after google this,but none of them works,the error is either "no such parititon" or "unknown filesystem".
I have an 8Gb mkv file, which I tried to encode to avi using mencoder, it took more than 6hrs and when completed, the quality of the avi was pretty poor.Is there a way to increase the quality or is there a program that can encode mkv files? The mkv will not play on my system without stuttering badly.
I'm trying to connect to the wireless netwrok of my university, which does NOT require any password. When the computer starts is automatically connects to the network and it always worked well, but now a message appears that says "authentication required" and it says that the network requires some sort of password or key. This is weird because it had never given me the problem. The options in the box are "Cancel" and "Connect", but "Connect" cannot be marked. There's also a dropdown box in the box that says "Security Type" and the option is "none". No other option is available for marking. After canceling the message and trying to connect like 50 times, I finally got a very poor connections. My email took forever to open and I opened the terminal to download something that someone said had solved the problem
sudo apt-get install linux backports-modules-jaunty
But it has taken forever to download, which proves the connection is working but it's in really bad shape. Any hints on how I may solve this? I read several bug reports and fixes similar to the problem, but they were very old (apparently a bug that was in Gutsy and then continued in some cases in Jaunty).
EDIT: Now I definitely can't connect. One strange thing was that at my house I couldn't connect either, but this time because I didn't even had the wireless option available anymore. I went to Hardware Drivers and realized 2 things:There were 2 drivers recognized, which is weird because I had always had only one, which is the Broadcom STA Wireless Driver, and there was another one, also wireless related,. but which name I don't remember Both drivers were deactivated, which again is strange because the STA was always activated before.
I activated the STA driver only. because I feared that two activated wireless drivers may have conflicted with each other. The Wireless started working again and I connected to internet with no problem. My home connection, by the way, needs a password.Now, back in University, whose wireless does not need password, the same problem happens. It says "Authentication required by wireless network" "Passwords or encryption keys are required to access the wireless network 'UC'." The a dropdown box with the title "Wireless Security" and with the only option available marked: "None". The the options in the dialogue boz are Cancel and Connect, which cannot be chosen.
i am loving the ubuntu 10.10 interface.my laptop is a toshiba satellite l450 (3gb ram + 2.10ghz amd proc essor. i use a ati radeon hd 3200 graphics card.i have to manually adjust the sound settings if i plug in a headphone or a hdmi cable to suit the necessary output. windows did this automatically.my video quality is very very poor. if i run videos on any browser or watch a movie (avi file) on totem or vlc it is very jumpy and the sound is often out of sync.
I just built a home media server. It's using a Gigabyte E350N-USB3 motherboard with the AMD Fusion processor. So far, everything seems to be working fair enough. However, when it comes to video playback via an HDMI cable to my TV, it's unwatchable. It is okay during slow scenes, but any sudden movement or high action scenes and the problem becomes obvious.I don't know how to explain it other than it appears to have a problem refreshing quickly enough. I see horizontal lines across the film. I originally thought it might be due to low quality AVI files, but I just tried a DVD and it did it just the same.
I'm pretty knew to Ubuntu, so I'm not sure if there are some settings I can tweak, or if I am missing some drivers. Any ideas on where to start?
I am working on a Mythtv frontend/backend/desktop and am at a loss. The goal is to use myth to record programming from the free broadcasts (i fired the cable) and the desktop to watch flash video of the shows that aren't on the broadcast networks...like TNT, natgeo or the comedy channel. Software is Mythbuntu 9.04 running nvidia 180 drivers
I imagine the hardware is adequate, it is well above minimum specs that I can find. AMD Athlon 3000+ processor 2gigs of PC2700 memory Gforce 6200LE 512MB DDR2 video card AGP Hauppage HVR-1600 tv card PCI
I have two problems, well three now if you count the crashing firefox. Myth TV is working fine. There was a conflict with the video card and the tv card. But now when I try to view flash video it is jittery...Firefox has started crashing now and that is a new thing. It will allow me to start a video and the the window will just close with no warning. I tried a local radio stations website and it did the same thing. When I connected to pandora it worked but I could only get the songs to play for around 30 seconds before it would skip to the next one.
I wanted to have the Gnome desktop instead of XFCE but nothing I do seems to change it. With that explanation in mind: Is this hardware enough for what I want to do? Is loading Mythtv first then adding gnome the best solution? (if not, I think I can redo the Mythtv setup and conflict resolution again without cracking up).
I'm almost a complete noob when it comes to Linux. All my computers 'til now have been Windows boxes (3.1 on up to XP). I do know a little, I've tried to switch to Linux since RedHat 7.2 but never got this far (I can connect to the Internet!). I currently have two issues I really need to get past this weekend, or I'll be forced to spend $110 on Windows 7 - which I REALLY don't want to do. I can't get the display right, and I can't get the wireless working.
My computer is an AMD Zacate on an ASUS motherboard with integrated graphics (ATI Raedon 6380, if I remember correctly from this afternoon). I'm using an Insignia 1080p TV as my sole monitor. The wireless card is a Zonet ZEW1642S which uses the Ralink RT3062 chipset. Today I finally got the monitor to display in 1920x1080. I updated the ATI drivers (HDMI sound started working after I installed them) and downloaded Catalyst. I've been trying to get through the xrandr instructions to get the screen to fit, as I can't see the top and bottom bars. Also, I think it's displaying in 1080i instead of 1080p. Text quality is atrocious compared to the 1024x768 resolution it had earlier. The screen refresh is terrible.
I opened terminal, inputted "xrandr" and got:
Code: Screen 0: minimum 320 x 200, current 1920 x 1080, maximum 1920 x 1920 DFP1 connected 1920x1080+0+0 (normal left inverted right x axis y axis) 698mm x 392mm 1920x1080 30.0*+ 30.0 1776x1000 30.0 1680x1050 30.0 30.0
(this is a repost of the same thread in the networking/wireless forum, I think it's better suited here but couldn't see a way to move it) I have a Proliant Microserver, I have Ubuntu Server 10.10 installed onto to a USB stick (the server has an internal USB port). The storage drives are Samsung SpinPoint F1s. The server is plugged into a gbE switch, there is a link from that to a 200mbps powerline link, from there it goes to a 100mbps switch and then to my machine I was testing from.
I realise that a powerline link can often slow things up, but I use the same link for my Internet connection which will happily pull files down at around 4.3mb/s.. so I know the link isn't the bottleneck. If i copy anything via any of the samba shares then it transfers at around 1.5mb/s. This speed does not change if I try plugging the client into the same gbE switch as the server. Similar spees are shown if i transfer it over http via apache2 as well. Client machines are laptop running ubuntu and a win7 desktop. Speeds are the same copying to both of them. I have applied tweaks to samba as described here;
Like the title says, I have the Quadro NVS 135M in my Dell D630. It's working (well, besides the startup screen issue - Plymoth... not a fan!), but when I watch a movie the image ?flickers? annoyingly. This is something I have never experienced before, with allegedly ?inferior? video cards. It's odd though, isn't it - better video card, inferior output!?!
So far i have tried ubuntu. seems great however i've had trouble with internet connection and soundcard problems. (slow internet connection and poor sound quality. I was thinking of trying kubuntu. Do you think i'll have the same problems?
I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on an 8GB flash drive, and through much effort, was able to boot it on my white MacBook (2Ghz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM). I find that responsiveness is really poor, for example, the display frequently freezes when I switch windows, or load a web page. Is this expected for Ubuntu that's running from a flash drive? Are there ways to improve this?