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Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby Computersleuth on Wed Jun 25, 2008 11:22 am

I installed Mint 5 r1 over an previous installation of Mint 4. The machine is an older Compaq Presario with 768MB of RAM and an AMD 1.3Ghz CPU. I am running stock video drivers - no ATI, NVIDIA, et al.

With the new Mint, I have found that performance is substantially slower than with 4 - slower performance seems to manifest itself primarily in graphics-intensive display processing, such as screensavers, flash, and (interestingly) the system monitor when displaying a plot of resource utilization.

In looking around, I found a process called Xorg, which seems to use a lot of resources when graphics-intensive proocessing is going on. I found a thread (which I am unable to re-locate) that indicated this as a problem with the Linux kernal .16, as well as .17 and .18. A post on the thread further stated that this was fixed in .19.

My question is this . . . what procedure do I need to use to upgrade the computer to Linux .19? Is this advisable at this time? Or should I wait until .19 comes in as part of a software upgrade through standard packaging?

My thanks for whatever suggestions you provide . . .
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Re: Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby Husse on Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:52 am

a process called Xorg, which seems to use a lot of resources when graphics-intensive proocessing is going on.

Not surprising - this is the graphics engine in Linux....
It is almost completely rewritten between Daryna and Elyssa - this is done upstream by the xorg team
Almost all questions about graphics problems have disappeared.....
If you use a nvidia or ATI card the restricted drivers give much better result - the best way to install is with Envy
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Re: Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby Computersleuth on Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:21 pm

Husse wrote:
a process called Xorg, which seems to use a lot of resources when graphics-intensive proocessing is going on.

Not surprising - this is the graphics engine in Linux....
It is almost completely rewritten between Daryna and Elyssa - this is done upstream by the xorg team
Almost all questions about graphics problems have disappeared.....
If you use a nvidia or ATI card the restricted drivers give much better result - the best way to install is with Envy


Husse,

Thanks for your response . . .

This machine is coming up on 7 years old. It has S3 ProSavage graphics adapter, which (unless I am mistaken) is not compatible with either ATI or NVIDIA.

A cursory search on the s3 web site shows no information on it whatsoever. Not surprising.

Unless" Xorg becomes better optimized, I see my options as these: buy an ATI or NVIDIA - based graphics adpater (with probably a new power supply), or go back to Mint 4 (or some other "older" Linux release, or stick with Windoz XP. . . . .

I wonder if the older Xorg is compatible with the current version(s) of the Linux kernal ??? . . . Just a thought.

Thanks again,
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Re: Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby Husse on Fri Jun 27, 2008 7:32 am

I think the kernel is compatible - but you have to completely recompile the kernel if you want to do that :)
That video card is of course no good by todays standard
I have not read that the demands on video hardware is greater with the new xorg but perhaps a bit
No I think the problem may be that you don't get the right driver, but I see that it's installed by default
Search for S3 ProSavage in Synaptic and see if you can find out if your model is supported
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Re: Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby AK Dave on Fri Jun 27, 2008 12:55 pm

You can install the .19 kernel and associated xorg by selecting the "proposed" packages. Edit your sources.list to uncomment proposed, and in mintupdate go to preferences->update method and check "include dist-upgrade packages". Now the .19 packages should show up as "level 5" upgrades, if you've selected to view them.
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Re: Slow Performance With Mint 5 (r1) vs Mint 4 . . .

Postby Computersleuth on Sun Jun 29, 2008 2:14 am

Thanks very much to both of you. You have given me several options.
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