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Old 09-08-2014, 03:04 PM   #1
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Now what?

Not sure where to post this, so I'll start here as I'm a real "deer-in-headlights" newbie. And a retired senior citizen...

I have an HP pavilion a210e with a 80g hard drive and 40g second drive. It had xp as OS, so in fright I removed the xp and loaded Linux Mint 17. I use the machine for working on my writing and photography, and have an additional exteral hard drive for storing those files.

My problem is that loading images and viewing on the internet is very slow and time consuming now, let alone frustrating... I'm not much of a tech person, so I would like some helpful, easy-to-follow suggestions as to how to improve my life by getting a better output from what I have -- or would I be better off finding a good used larger capacity hard drive computer? Please note, I am retired, on very limited income, and don't do much beyond email, post blogs, and attempt to sell prints at auction and photo marketing sites.

Thanks for any help or suggestions!
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How much RAM does this machine have?

Do some sites load faster than others?
How many 'tabs' do you have open when this occurs?
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You say Internet behavior is slow - what is your connection speed? That is going to set the absolute limit to your Internet experience.
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What now? Maybe read up a bit like I did when I 1st started out.
Some good material in my signature and other members signatures also.

Hardware horsepower matters.

Mint 17 XFCE might run a bit slow on those specs. Any other Mint Desktop like Cinnamon. Naw. Your computer is too old.
I have a Emachine 3507 in my motorcycle shop with about the same specs and I run something with a Lighter resource running distro.

I think This or This might be more friendly with your hardware specs.

Pretty friendly distro community also. Just take your time and enjoy the ride. If you were not just starting out.
I would recommend something lighter like a Window manager based distro which runs even faster but is challenging
for some new users. Like SaliX , Crunchbang, AntiX, or Semplice.
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My problem is that loading images and viewing on the internet is very slow and time consuming now
Posting some information on your hardware, particularly processor and RAM would be useful. If this is a computer which came with xp it could be 10-12 years old and not be very capable of running a system like Mint although there are different versions of Mint which may work.
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I've looked up your computer's specifications and found an AMD Athlon CPU and 256MB of memory. From the fact that Mint's installer worked, I deduce that you upgraded the memory at some stage, but to what? Spare memory always helps to make Linux faster. This computer has a similar processor and 1GB of memory. It's adequate for the sort of things you speak of, but Firefox is very slow as a browser.

The first step is to try a lighter browser. I use Opera, which is much faster. Midori is faster still, but plainer. If things are still slow, only then should you consider a change of distro. If you've got Mint Cinnamon, you'd be better with Mint Mate. If you've got Mate, then you need a lighter desktop, like Xfce. The best Xfce distro is currently Antix MX: that would run on a smaller and slower computer than yours and is very reliable.
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Sorry -- I'm a little slow figuring things out so it has taken me awhile to respond. Firstly, thanks everyone, you have been a big help in pointing me in a better direction with my old computer.

As for your questions,like how I get on the Internet, I use CenturyLink and their DSL... I'm 'way the heck out in the middle of the state (Arizona), and the best we could do was go with the phoneline and it's whatever speed they're pumping out at the moment.

RAM: Hopefully that's memory, which is 1026012 (Free space: 96636) Yes, I did put in extra RAM shortly after I purchased the computer.

Thanks to your suggestions, I've ordered a CD (antiX 13.2 - 32 bit), because using a lighter OS makes a lot of scense to me -- I like that idea... BTW, for me,loading from a CD is a lot easier than downloading the file from a website. It's less confusing for me as well because it will probably auto load and set up as it's supposed to. For $2.95 + shipping, it was a bargain!

I also will be looking into changing browsers as suggested -- Opera or Midori -- after installing antiX.

Again, thank you all for your interest and help. I feel confident this is the direction I need to go to get my old computer back up to snuff! I'll let you know my progress in a week or two.


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