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Old 12-09-2011, 12:31 PM   #1
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Everything seems sluggish


Are there any tweaks I can do to speed up my machine? Everything seems to be running sluggish. I open xterm with at least a 1 second delay. Or when I switch tabs in a browser. I'm running Ubuntu 11.04

Here's a list of my top

Code:
top - 09:30:02 up 7 days, 18:14,  9 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.04, 0.05
Tasks: 158 total,   2 running, 156 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu(s): 10.3%us, 15.7%sy,  0.0%ni, 74.0%id,  0.0%wa,  0.0%hi,  0.0%si,  0.0%st
Mem:   3992128k total,  2548536k used,  1443592k free,   237528k buffers
Swap:        0k total,        0k used,        0k free,  1000232k cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND          
21063 jason     20   0  733m 369m  23m R   30  9.5 404:20.57 opera             
21211 jason     20   0  236m  79m  17m S   14  2.0 193:37.17 operapluginwrap   
 4597 jason     20   0  877m 112m  31m S    2  2.9  59:16.38 thunderbird-bin   
 1228 root      20   0  382m 153m  17m S    1  3.9 298:30.93 Xorg              
 4042 jason     20   0  289m 4980 3776 S    1  0.1 125:39.95 conky             
 4057 jason     20   0  291m 5304 3912 S    1  0.1 115:57.46 conky             
21708 jason     20   0  681m  44m  21m S    1  1.1   1:48.90 pidgin            
 1497 jason     20   0 1108m 238m  38m S    1  6.1 185:04.31 firefox-bin       
24335 jason     20   0 19352 1332  940 R    1  0.0   0:00.11 top               
 4165 jason     20   0  299m 5244 3940 S    0  0.1  50:49.91 conky             
    1 root      20   0 24136 2244 1292 S    0  0.1   0:01.52 init              
    2 root      20   0     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   0:00.26 kthreadd          
    3 root      20   0     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   1:19.75 ksoftirqd/0       
    6 root      RT   0     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/0       
    7 root      RT   0     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   0:00.00 migration/1       
    9 root      20   0     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   1:22.69 ksoftirqd/1       
   11 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   0:00.00 cpuset            
   12 root       0 -20     0    0    0 S    0  0.0   0:00.00 khelper
 
Old 12-09-2011, 12:45 PM   #2
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beside running lite programs like Midori browser you can speed up your Ubuntu with these tips.
 
Old 12-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #3
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I recommend telling us about your hardware (CPU, RAM, video card, storage, etc.) if you want more than an educated guess.

Based on the 'top' output Opera is using the most CPU, have you tried another browser such as: Firefox, Chrome, Epiphany, Midori ?

Have you experimented with a lightweight desktop environment/windows manager such as: Xfce, LXDE, IceWM, Fluxbox ?

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Old 12-09-2011, 12:50 PM   #4
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Does my memory usage seem that high?


free -m
total used free shared buffers cached
Mem: 3898 2552 1345 0 231 1032
-/+ buffers/cache: 1288 2610
Swap: 0 0 0
 
Old 12-09-2011, 12:58 PM   #5
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Your RAM looks fine, please answer the questions in my post #3 if you require additional assistance.

http://www.linuxatemyram.com/
 
Old 12-09-2011, 01:41 PM   #6
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Sorry. I didn't even see the post.

I'm using both Opera and Firefox.
And I'm also already running Fluxbox

Code:
AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 3800+

Filesystem             Size   Used  Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1              114G   5.0G   104G   5% /

VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C61 [GeForce 6150SE nForce 430] (rev a2)
VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV44 [GeForce 6200 TurboCache(TM)] (rev a1)

I'm running dual monitors hence the two video cards.

Last edited by fetal; 12-09-2011 at 01:48 PM.
 
Old 12-09-2011, 02:00 PM   #7
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I'm not an nvidia expert, but I've heard that using the correct drivers can make a big difference in the perceived "snappiness" of the system. Here is an introductory how-to: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/nvidia

Obviously your computer is fast and modern; properly-configured Linux should fly on your hardware.
 
Old 12-09-2011, 02:26 PM   #8
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I'm not an nvidia expert, but I've heard that using the correct drivers can make a big difference in the perceived "snappiness" of the system. Here is an introductory how-to: http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/nvidia

Obviously your computer is fast and modern; properly-configured Linux should fly on your hardware.

My thoughts exactly! Is there any way of doing that in fluxbox?
 
Old 12-09-2011, 02:34 PM   #9
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My thoughts exactly! Is there any way of doing that in fluxbox?
The application in the screenshots is called jockey-gtk.

Since I am not an nvidia expert I will just give you a link to the documentation:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Bi...erHowto/Nvidia
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NvidiaManual
 
Old 12-09-2011, 04:56 PM   #10
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This could also explain why when I run xcompmgr My machine basically dies. Now I'm stuck with the problem "This driver is activated but not currently in use" issue.
 
  


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