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Old 03-04-2008, 10:40 AM   #1
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Performance Issues of Dell Latitude D600

Hi, I recently installed Ubuntu v7.10 on my Dell Latitude D600 and I'm having some problems. Just to put this out there right away, I'm a total newb and am pretty clueless about Linux but plan to get better by just tinkering with it, but I have a bit of a problem.
My computer with Ubuntu is going slower than it did with Windows installed. Can anyone help me figure out how to speed it up without buying extra parts? I skimmed through the posts and couldn't find anything... at least that I understood.
I'd give you my system specs, but I don't know how to find them through the Ubuntu distro.

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Old 03-04-2008, 10:53 AM   #2
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What makes you think the system is going slower?
Linux has some default timeouts where if a service is not set up Linux will wait a certain about of time before moving on (maybe that is the problem).
What are you doing when you notice this system slowness?

A general rule of thumb: Linux will run faster given the same hardware as any version of winders that I've seen.
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Most important is how much RAM you have, especially when running GNOME or KDE.

So, if you don't know how much RAM you have, open a terminal or console, and type this in:
cat /proc/meminfo
then press <Enter>, you can just read the first line, something like:
MemTotal:      1033612 kB
that would be for 1 GB.
Old 03-04-2008, 04:44 PM   #4
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sorry, i don't know if "slower" was the correct term. my system seems to lag a lot. and when using firefox, it seems to take at least twice as long for things to load as it did when i was using firefox through windows xp.

my RAM is:
MemTotal: 515572 kB

but then MemFree, when just running firefox, is:
MemFree: 7032 kB

i don't know if that makes much difference, but... is there anyway for me to speed my internet up and cut down on my lag... or is it a problem with my internet?

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