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Old 08-12-2014, 07:53 AM   #1
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Ubuntu 14.04 very slow


I have an old windows AMD xp 1700 pc with 750Mb of ram. I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on it but it is very slow. I like the graphical interface and have managed to install Google Chrome on it. Is this pc too old to run this? or is there settings that I can change to speed things up? Or should I install another version of Linux that would run better on this old type of pc? if so which one? Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 08:00 AM   #2
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It could be that your computer doesnt have the requirements for the graphical interface on the default Ubuntu. You could leave the current version of Ubuntu there but install a light weight graphical interface like LXDE or Xfce.
To install LXDE just type on your terminal
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sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
press enter, type your password, press enter again, let the command run, log off then log back on but select Lubuntu on the menu at the login screen.

try that and let us know if that changes the speed on your computer.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 10:33 AM   #3
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I would reccomend following TroN's advice, lubuntu should run much faster on your PC.

Cheers,
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Old 08-12-2014, 12:03 PM   #4
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trying

thanks TroN-0074 I will try that if I can find how to get to the terminal from the Graphical
 
Old 08-12-2014, 12:13 PM   #5
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Yes to open up the terminal just click on the first icon top of the launcher on the left side of screen, a search field will display type there 'terminal' and when the icon appear click on it. the icon looks like a small black monitor.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 12:16 PM   #6
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thanks again

I was going to have a look around but this will be much quicker - I will shortly be connecting up the pc as I had to disconnect it to fix a friends Windows pc this morning.
 
Old 08-12-2014, 12:46 PM   #7
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did not install

I followed the instructions and it went through a lot of lines of text then said bits were missing and it did not install
 
Old 08-12-2014, 12:54 PM   #8
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'unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with ...fix-missing' then 'could not open lock file ...' now stuck?
 
Old 08-12-2014, 01:05 PM   #9
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'pal'(thus between qm)... install this: http://puppylinux.org/wikka/WhatpuppyLinuxisbestforyou

 
Old 08-12-2014, 01:06 PM   #10
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are you connected to the internet?
 
Old 08-12-2014, 01:37 PM   #11
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yes

yes connected by ethernet to fibre broadband - When the pc first comes on I get a blank screen with a message in the centre Mode not supported H46.3KHz V86.6 Hz after a minute the Ubuntu desktop appears
 
Old 08-12-2014, 01:47 PM   #12
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I have outlook.com running through Google Chrome but using the Ubuntu Software Centre to install lubuntu-desktop it says failed to download check your internet connection. Should I try for a new installation?
 
Old 08-12-2014, 02:13 PM   #13
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Trying to fix the installation you currently have will be fun.

If you are connected to the internet you can type this command in a terminal
Code:
sudo apt-get install -f
hit enter, type your password, and let it run. once it is done type
Code:
sudo apt-get update
let that one run too, once is done type
Code:
 sudo apt-get upgrade
let that one run too. a reboot might be necessary after that last one but might be not, so type
Code:
sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
and let it run just like you did previously.

Let us know how that goes
 
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Old 08-12-2014, 02:32 PM   #14
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upgrade is running and has been for 15 minutes so far
 
Old 08-12-2014, 03:20 PM   #15
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Installed

no error messages but when I log out or restart there is no mention of Lubuntu and it is the same desktop as before
 
  


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