Ubuntu :: Install On An Old PC To Increase Its Speed And Usability
Jan 5, 2011
I recently decided to install ubuntu on an old PC to increase its speed and usability. Prior to this I had windows XP running on it. I installed the newest version of ubuntu, which makes the whole thing running unbearable slow. Under windows xp it was running ok, my question therefore is: which version would you guys recommend that needs less ressources, but still has comparable functionality to the new version?
Last week my ping was 45 this week its 80. I've checked it on three different computers, and reset my router. I called verizon (my subpar isp) they run a few test, say every things fine. I recheck my ping, its back to 45 but only last 5 mins after they check it, then it goes back to 80. I'm always having problems with them, but every time I call them the problems "just so happen" to go away while their helping me.
Anyway, my question is... Is there anyway for me to increase my ping/speed without upgrading my internet? I have 3.5 upload, .75 upload, and a Westell model 327w. I know this is a general question and not really linux related but I thought I would try this forum first since its always so helpful. I have googled this subject but I only find windows related stuff that pertains only to the programs running on the machine. They suggest things like "dont download when you want high ping" and "temporarily turn off seeding for your torrents" It is most important in windows for me though, I like to play games and a difference of 50 and 110 ping does make a difference. Of course, everything seems slower, like streaming movies and stuff.
I have an old AthlonXP-2600+ running at 2.078 Ghz which I was assured would do 2.6Ghz, but actually doesn't and 2.178 Ghz is what we settled on. I have 266mhz ram on a board with 333mhz FSB and we sorted that out also, and specified the ram speed. That sounds like under 10% of a speed increase, if any. But the previous kernel I built here took 55 minutes (time make -j4). The one I built after the mods (nearly same config) took 33 minutes. (make clean; time make -j4) 40%? I've clearly improved or fixed something.
bash-4.1$ sudo grep BogoMIPS /var/log/messages |tail May 15 14:37:32 genius kernel: Calibrating delay loop (skipped), value calculated using timer frequency.. 4193.78 BogoMIPS (lpj=2096890) & later.
How do I increase the mouse speed in Ubuntu Linux? Running Gnome 2.30.0. I've already maxed out Pointer Speed Sensitivity in the Mouse Preferences control panel. I am not interested in increasing the Acceleration. Is there a config file I can edit to boost it past what the control panel allows?
I know that this mouse can track faster because it does in Windows.
I am curious if it is possible to use multiple hard drives to increase server speed. I know I could run stripped drives or RAID0, but was wondering if there is any other way to do it within Linux. My default 9.10 Server install has 3 partitions as a default. Would splitting these on three drives make it any faster?
Is there anyway to increase the speed of scrolling within the unity launcher? Like when you have more icons than that fit inside of your screen. I know you can just go to the scrunched up icon and hover it and it will appear, but is there a way to increase the scrolling speed when using a mouse wheel? It seems a little slow for my taste.
I think I seen a "bug report", for this, which really isn't a bug, but more a desired option to customize the unity launcher. Just wondering if this has been figured out, or even possible.
Nothing big, but just trying to tweak ubuntu a little more LOVE IT!
I would like to increase the speed of my cursor movement. For example, when I press and hold the left or the right arrow when in terminal or a text editor I would like the cursor to move faster. I have tried kbdrate and xset as suggested here:
after maybe half an hour, the wireless download rate drops to about 110ks (and runs happily at up to 20x this until then). At that point, it will never pick back up above that rate unless i disconnect and reconnect. Once the problem occurs once, its like to reoccur about every 5 to 10 minutes until the machine has rebooted.
I' have FC10,firefox3.0.4it take ages to load any page.the d/l speed is good .but while loading pages it takes a lot of time!while on XP everything works fine even though the the firefox version being an earlier one than FC10
If I want to work on two or more non-maximised windows, how do I simply access their menus without having to select a window into focus and then go to the top main menu? I'm fairly impressed with Unity, but that really struck me as a major usability blunder. I can accept that the window has to brought into focus, because that's what you'd do anyway, but then having to move the mouse to the top of the screen to get at the menu options seems really off.
Is there a way of doing this that's as elegant as was the case previously?
I was running 10.10, and it was fine - except for some reason the mouse just stops working - nothing is clickable at all. Apparently this might be the official NVidia drivers, but I've not found a solution to that yet, but I do know that plenty of other people experience this. So today, I thought I'd check for updates to see if something would fix it.
1. I open the update manager, and see 11.04 is available, and several security fixes. I opt for the security fixes first, but they fail, saying 'check your internet connection'. My internet connection is perfectly fine, so this is a pretty bad error message to be showing people.
2. I then try the upgrade to 11.04 button instead, and it gets a small way in before saying it was 'unable to get exclusive lock' due to me having an update manager open - what, such as the one I used to launch this upgrade? Another bad error message.
3. I close everything, try again. Now it complains that not all upgrades can be installed due to a "previous upgrade that didn't complete". As a programmer I have to wonder why, if they're sensible enough to know how to use an exclusive lock to ensure a safe upgrade transaction, why they aren't sensible enough to treat the upgrade as a transaction which they could have rolled back when they failed to acquire that lock? Luckily this doesn't seem to be a serious problem but again it's a bad error message to display and one that is completely unnecessary.
4. I start upgrading. Eventually 'Defconf' pops up and asks me what I want to do about 'modified configuration file grub'? THIS IS NOT A SUITABLE QUESTION TO ASK A TYPICAL USER! My options are "Show differences, show side by side, show a 3 way comparison, do a 3 way merge (experimental), start a new shell to examine the situation, install the package maintainer's version, or keep the local version currently installed." Oh, while I'm doing this, the input periodically hangs every 10 seconds so I can't type. And I do have to type, because my mouse isn't working. Luckily, unlike 99% of computer users, I'm a programmer so I am not scared of comparing files, but I'm pretty horrified to see it pop up what looks like a text-based unified diff - how on earth is a normal human meant to act on that? And it did all this because it claimed I had changed something locally, but it became quite apparent on looking at the diff that I had done no such thing, and that some system program had done whatever it had done. So I was being asked about changes to a core piece of system functionality for no good reason.
5. I let it upgrade the file and it seemed to work when I rebooted. Now imagine my dismay when I notice that my desktop has been changed into a Mac. All my menus have disappeared and I have no idea how to get them back. I can still edit and reorder my menus in the System Settings but I'll be damned if I can work out how to get them on the screen again. Plus all my apps are uncomfortable to use now because the menus no longer appear unless I press the Alt key first. I'm not going to claim that the Mac approach is worse than what we had before but this is a MASSIVE usability change to spring on someone without any real warning or any guidance to simple things like "where did my menus and everything on them go?" I am aware most of this won't be news to most of you, but I'm sure that if you look at it from a pure usability perspective you can appreciate how awful an experience this would be for most people who now have to re-learn their system.
from this multirow taskbar, extensible quicklaunch, clock day date are only important. And i want to doubleclick upper left corner of a window as alternative close. A better variant is to use the third wheel button on a mouse - to close any window just by pressing wheel inside a window (similar to Firefox close a tab, or in qip close a tab..)
I am doing a usability test on OpenSUSE 11.2 for a novice user. I am trying to establish if usability has an effect on why some students do not use GNU/Linux for general desktop computing. How easy and how many steps does a novice need to do the following tasks?
Note: Novice is someone who has no experience in working with OpenSUSE?
Task1: This task involves making two slides of a course presentation using OpenOffice Impress.Org Task2: Involves changing the screen resolution and desktop background. Task3: This task involves organizing files in folders Task4: Involves copying music from an audio CD in to mp3 format using K3B
how one can use the nepomuk/strigi file indexing service. I started up dolphin, and typed the search string in the upper right corner, and clicked Search. The search result is a long list of files. The one I need is a PDF file. When I select this file, on the right hand side there is the following info: 'Is part of: 15.2 GiB Removable Media' which is clearly wrong, since this file resides in my home directory, which is on a 200 GiB partition. If I double-click this file to open in okular, I get an error message:
Code: Could not open nepomuksearch:/nepomuk_3A_2Fres_...... Reason: Please insert the removable medium "15.2 GiB Removable Media" to access this file I guess this is some old result from nepomuk's cache (in the meantime I have had to repartition my hard disk, and restore my home directory from a backup copy on an external hard drive - but this has been many months ago, so I would expect that nepomuk have had the time to recognize this)
I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 and I have a 1TB NTFS (internal) hard drive where I put all my files. The drive shows up in the "Places" menu, and if I select & open it, the drive and all the scripts & text files in it work. But, if I go to run the scripts without opening the dive in the places menu first, it just gives an error.
1. What is being done when I select the drive in the places menu?
2. Can this be set up automatically, so I don't have to open the drive every time after I start up?
1. What file do i have to edit in order to include /usr/local/bin in the class path (ie. I put an executable in /usr/local/bin and when I try to execute it, it says the command cannot be found, etc.) EDIT: Solved, just didn't set PATH correctly. EDIT: New problem. When I try to execute a program in /usr/local/bin, it says "fopen: john.ini: File not found" Yet when i cd to /usr/local/bin, it doesn't say that. What would cause this?
2. Once I get my system setup the way i like it, how would i go about making it into a bootable CD/DVD?
3. How would I pass arguments from a shell script to a program?
Ubuntu 64bit. The sound system works and plays noises correctly when I test the speakers in sound preferances. The internet BBCi player(Radio) plays sound correctly. Banshee & Rhythmbox try to play music files at double, or more, speed with no sound output. Spotify Linux version also tries to playback at double speed with no sound output. Media Player attempts to play music files at high speed. Media player plays the Video and audio tracks at high speed. VLC Will play the video at normal speed but with no audio.
As can be observed above, I have used almost 70% of the available partition space with only 1.7 GB remaining. I have plans to install Microsoft Office 2007 on Wine and I know that 1.7 GB is not enough for the installation. I don't mind reducing the size of my Windows partitions in order to increase the size of the root.
I have done it quite often. Inserted and run the computer from a live CD so that the hard drive is not mounted an changed the partitions. It worked on the old reiserfs when I wiped the windows partition on my laptop to increase the space, it worked on ext3 partitions. Now I resized the swap partition and reduced the NTFS partition on my desktop - no problem. But it does not increase the ext4 partition. No error message it just does not do it. I tried several times with the suggested maximal setting, with a custom setting, etc. It just does not change size. Just for interest I booted into Suse11.0 live CD and tried from there. There I get the answer cannot resize partition as the file system does not allow resizing. Is something wrong with the system or does the partitioner not work with ext4?
i both have the same problem, i'm trying to burn my images at 4 or 8 speed, but ubuntu 10.04 says that the hardware does not support that kind of speed and switch up to 16 speed and more. i know it can burn at low speeds, at least in windows, it is a bit strange that fast burning is okee, and slow not, what can i do to prevent this? i don't wanna burn to much errors on my discs
Wubi doesn't let me set the swap file size, so on installation it only creates a swap file of a few hundred megabytes. Because of this, i cannot hibernate my netbook (eeePC 1005HA), which has 2 GB of RAM.
Creating a 2 GB swap file alongside of the original one using the tutorial here did work, but hibernate doesn't seem to work with it. For this reason i thought increasing the original swap's size instead of creating more would be a way to solve my problem.
I'm having very strange issues with OpenSUSE 11.3 KDE LiveCD, mainly performance-wise. Most noticeably, it takes 10-30 minutes to actually boot the system, and it doesn't matter whether the LiveCD is booted from the USB or if it's install into the hard disk. There aren't any noticeable errors during boot, though, except a few "timeout" errors and not being able to lauch VirtualBox Guest Additions (which I don't need since it's not run from VirtualBox anyway).
It takes the most time during the "scanning USB devices" section if I boot from the USB, and during the state where it detects the network card/assigns an IP. In both cases, every dot that appears there takes around 2 minutes. During the boot, the PC seems to be mostly idle, and appears to do something only occasinally, when certain parts of the boot sequence are passed, so that makes boot up feel "jumpy" - nothing happens for 10 minutes, then the PC starts accessing the HDD, then nothing happens for 10 more minutes.
There are other performance problems, noticeably during installation to HDD (through the Install option from the CD startup menu - it's quite a bit faster when started from the running LiveCD). For instance, it takes around 5-10 minutes to make the screen where you need to choose the language and keyboard layout responsive. The performance, in both cases, seems to be inconsistent - sometimes it starts booting and responding quickly, the other times it's really slow, up to the point of outright hanging.
System specs: CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 925 4GB RAM HDD: WD Caviar Black 640 GB GPU: ATI Radeon HD 4890
Are there any easy special tricks to speed up the boot time?Coming from Linux Mint (GNOME), I could get to the Desktop from cold in less than 25 secs.Now in openSuse 11.3 (KDE4.5) it takes more than twice that.Is this a function of KDE or have Ubuntu done something that openSuse hasn't to speed up the boot?
System: Linux flashvoyager 2.6.32-23-generic #37-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jun 11 07:54:58 UTC 2010 i686 GNU/Linux Ubuntu 10.04 Installed onto 64gig Flash Voyager GTR plugged into Tosh satpro laptop dual core 4 gig memory. This is not a casper r/w persistent install version. This is installed directly onto the flash pen and running as if the flash drive was a solid state disc.
I have obtained a 64gig which can read at 34mb/s and write at 28mb/s. The reason I wanted this was so I could install linux ubuntu and run the OS straight of the flash as if it was a Solid state disc. I have tried using the pendrivelinux method where the persistent data is stored inside a virtual file system but I found it did not allow grub or kernel updates without the need to rebuild the entire datapen plus I did not know how to get rid of the live boot menu where it asks for language and the like.
I boot the pen straight into linux ubuntu 10.04 via the bios boot menu and select the usb pen drive. Once into grub I select the most recent kernel and then load up ubuntu. When I first started using the distro from the pen the speed of the web browsing was so slow. I have since configured the browser to store the cache inside tmpfs /media/ramdisk and browsing seems fine now however there is underlying speed issue with using the method of install. Uncompressing installs takes an age. I have configured fstab like so:
PS: I am not allowed to use the HDD on the laptop since it is company laptop. My previous company laptop had Kubuntu 8.04 with XP as VM. Also having the install on the flash drive would give me the convenience of booting the pen from any hardware.