I recently abandoned Ubuntu 8.10 due to performance issues that began when i switched from 7.10 to 8.10. I decided to give Mint a try to see if it lacked these performance issues. Everything ran amazingly well on my old Athlon 64 3700+ until i rebooted after installing my x-fi drivers successfully (the drivers did not cause the problems). After said reboot, i began to have the same problems as in ubuntu 8.10 with compiz effects running at horribly low frame rates, i would guess around 25-40 rather than the 60+ that i normally get (i don't know the exact, but i do know that its normally buttery smooth. example: the difference between 60hz and 120hz on a big LCD TV).
I am guessing that this is CPU related, but i am only a self taught pc whiz, im not good with everything . Im asking kindly for any assistance with my problems.
my current setup is as follows:
1.75gb DDR Ram
XFX 9600GT XXX 512MB (Running linux 32-bit 180.22 drivers)
230gb/160gb Master/Slave - Mint installed on 160gb slave
Creative X-Fi Xtreme-Gamer
Logitech G15 USB gaming keyboard
Cheap Dynex wired USB mouse.