Ubuntu: 12.04 running slow on my machine


Hi I'm very new to Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and having installed it on albeit an old laptop I have found it to be very slow. I have a feeling this is more likely to do with my hardware but I'd appreciate any help that could be offered.

My system runs (fully up to date) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on 1.7GiB RAM, AMD Athlon(tm) Processor 2650e, Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690, 64bit and has 80GB of disk space (dual boot experiment). While I didn't expect it to be lightning fast I'm still surprised how 'laggy' my machine is running (32bit XP running on the same spec runs perfectly).

My apologies if I've made some elementary mistakes of this is a repeat question, would just love to get Ubuntu to work for me.

Linux Hanbuntu 3.2.0-39-generic #62-Ubuntu SMP Thu Feb 28 00:28:53 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux  

“/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p” results in the following:

OpenGL vendor string:   X.Org R300 Project  OpenGL renderer string: Gallium 0.4 on ATI RS690  OpenGL version string:  2.1 Mesa 8.0.4    Not software rendered:    yes  Not blacklisted:          yes  GLX fbconfig:             yes  GLX texture from pixmap:  yes  GL npot or rect textures: yes  GL vertex program:        yes  GL fragment program:      yes  GL vertex buffer object:  yes  GL framebuffer object:    yes  GL version is 1.4+:       yes    Unity 3D supported:       yes  

“sudo lshw -C video” reveals the following:

*-display                        description: VGA compatible controller         product: RS690M [Radeon X1200 Series]         vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)         physical id: 5         bus info: pci@0000:01:05.0         version: 00         width: 64 bits         clock: 33MHz         capabilities: pm msi vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom         configuration: driver=radeon latency=64         resources: irq:43 memory:d0000000-dfffffff memory:f0100000-f010ffff ioport:9400(size=256) memory:f0000000-f00fffff  

“sudo hdparm -Tt /dev/sda” provides the following:

Timing cached reads:   1474 MB in  2.00 seconds = 736.99 MB/sec      Timing buffered disk reads: 182 MB in  3.01 seconds =  60.47 MB/sec  

“sudo hdparm -v /dev/sda” provides:

/dev/sda:   multcount     = 16 (on)   IO_support    =  1 (32-bit)   readonly      =  0 (off)   readahead     = 256 (on)   geometry      = 19457/255/63, sectors = 312581808, start = 0  


try installing lxde in the terminal by typing sudo apt-get install lxde. Lxde is a much lighter desktop environment, try installing preload by typing sudo apt-get install preload

Disable start up applications and make sure all your drivers are installed.

This is optional but I think 32-bit will be better on your machine.

I hope this helps.

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