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matto80 01-25-2013 09:37 AM

Netbook Acer aspire one - how can I improve overall performance ?

Have an netbook Acer aspire one, Intel atom n270 (1.6 GHz), 1 GB RAM, 260 HDD. Used to run nice with WinXP, but decided to switch to Linux for several reasons.

The problem is performance: so far I`ve tried Ubuntu 12, Xubuntu 12, Pinguy OS and XPud... all of them by recommendations I`ve found on-line.

XPud works fine, but I don┤t quite like it. All the others mentioned are just... slow... I can tweak some basic options to make it run faster, but still all applications seem to take ages to open. Specially web browsers.

I┤ve just installed LinuxMint 14 Nadia (MATE desktop)and it┤s a little bit better... but still not as fast as WinXP.

Do you think this problem is due to the distro I`ve chosen? I`ve read reviews and commentaries all around the web, and many users have that same distros i`ve mentioned running nicely in that netbook model.

Any suggestions, recommendations, hints, etc. will be appreciated. Thanks for your time.

schneidz 01-25-2013 09:40 AM

maybe try one with lxde (light weight desktop environment).

snowpine 01-25-2013 09:49 AM

Windows XP was released in 2001 and has very low hardware requirements compared to most 2013 Linux distributions. If XP works fine for your needs, then I recommend you continue to use it.

The biggest improvement to performance would come from upgrading your hardware, as the Atom 270 is simply a very low-performance processor no matter how you slice it. I use a distro called Fuduntu on my Asus EEE 900ha, and it is fine for basic tasks, but a high-performance multimedia powerhouse the EEE is not.

jkirchner 01-25-2013 10:22 AM

I had an Aspire One D55 and ran Salix on it as well as running a full Slackware install and it ran great.

In the 'buntu range I had great success with Lubuntu which uses the LXDE desktop. I'd give that a try if the Slackware variants are not desired.

DavidMcCann 01-25-2013 11:20 AM

I've got a Thinkpad with a Pentium M underclocked to 600MHZ and that runs Salix. You could make and drink a cup of coffee while it boots up, but the applications are fine, although I don't use it on-line. That's using the standard version with Xfce. If your demands are greater, you could switch to Icewm from the Salix repository, which is as light as you can get.

crosstalk 01-26-2013 04:24 PM

Mint 14 with the Xfce desktop should be lighter than most of what you've tried (except possibly Pinguy OS and XPud, which I've never tried).

Also, going with LXDE isn't a bad choice, either -- but Xfce should be light enough (except for Xubuntu, which is heavier than most Xfce-based distros).

rokytnji 01-26-2013 08:26 PM

My Acer


System:    Host: biker-laptop Kernel: 3.7.1-antix.3-486-smp i686 (32 bit)
          Desktop: IceWM 1.3.7 Distro: antiX-12.5-full-alpha2- Edelwei▀piraten 09 November 2012
Machine:  System: Acer (portable) product: AOA150 version: 1
          Mobo: Acer model: N/A Bios: Acer version: v0.3305 date: 05/09/2008
CPU:      Single core Intel Atom CPU N270 (-HT-) cache: 512 KB flags: (pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 3192.23
          Clock Speeds: 1: 800.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 945GME Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
          X.Org: 1.7.6 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1024x600@60.0hz
          GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GME GEM 20091221 2009Q4 x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 7.7.1 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:    Card: Intel N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: HDA Intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
          Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture ver: 1.0.24
Network:  Card-1: Atheros AR5001 Wireless Network Adapter driver: ath5k bus-ID: 03:00.0
          IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
          Card-2: Realtek RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller
          driver: r8169 ver: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus-ID: 02:00.0
          IF: eth0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (4.4% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600BEVT size: 160.0GB temp: 39C
Partition: ID: / size: 7.1G used: 3.0G (44%) fs: ext4 ID: /home size: 25G used: 3.6G (16%) fs: ext4
          ID: swap-1 size: 2.11GB used: 0.01GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:  System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: N/A
          Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 135 Uptime: 1:30 Memory: 179.2/989.7MB Runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: N/A Client: Shell (bash 4.1.5) inxi: 1.8.32
$ glxgears
2753 frames in 5.0 seconds
2719 frames in 5.0 seconds
2727 frames in 5.0 seconds
2971 frames in 5.0 seconds

Runs cool, Runs fast, No improvements needed. This is the older 9" ZG5 Model with the N270 Atom processor and 1 gig of ram. :) I am on my other Computer posting this info though.

matto80 01-27-2013 08:31 PM

Thank you all for the suggestions.

I'm running Linux Mint 14 on that netbook now, and works OK so far, but I'll keep in mind the versions you suggested.

FredGSanford 01-28-2013 05:21 PM

I had an AAO similar to yours I bought in '09 and put Mandriva, then Mageia 2 on it with Gnome 2 and it ran much faster then XP. I had it setup with dual boot.

Just a thought!

jv2112 01-28-2013 07:06 PM

:cool: Arch --- > Open box runs great on my Acer One and a Asus 1000PE.

I would not expect any heavy lifting but runs nice and stable on web browsing , word processing , playing media files. Even Supertux when I want to kill time ;)

fbobraga 02-11-2013 03:09 PM

I have a Aspire One 110L (with 1GB RAM), running Fedora 17 LXDE: it runs very well - e17 is very fast either, and uses few resources: try run a live and see how it goes (it's Ubuntu based)

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