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Old 04-08-2005, 05:33 PM   #1
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Ubuntu is running slow

I have a Dell Inspiron 9100 running Ubuntu Hoary (the prerelease, though I plan to update in a few minutes).

I was wandering why it runs so slowly though. My computer is not slow at all, it has a P4HT 2.8Ghz with plenty of ram, so why does it lag so much?

for instance, when I pull a window over another, or scroll really fast in firefox, it just reacts like an old machine would. I expected much better preformance than that. any Ideas?
Old 04-08-2005, 05:40 PM   #2
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Two things I can think of.

Use hdparm to tune the hard drive performance.
Get better video drivers if you haven't already
Old 04-09-2005, 01:26 AM   #3
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I've had the opposite experience. Aside from what's suggested, are there modules loading at boot that you may not need?
Old 04-09-2005, 01:46 AM   #4
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I've had similar problems when first installing Ubuntu and indeed many other distros.

For me it is almost always the video drivers. Make sure you get them installed correctly. That usually solves my problem. I am pretty sure that the Ubuntu forums on have tutorials on how to install both the ATI and nvidia drivers.
Old 04-09-2005, 08:55 PM   #5
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I"ll be sure to look into that when I have some free time. thanx


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