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why so slow?

Postby flukee on Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:05 am

i am dual booting mint and windows vista and the other day i had to use vista for something and i noticed that vista actually ran faster than my mint, and i found this really awkward. in comparison to vista, mint actually starts up programs way slower. can any one help me out. i am running the main gnome edition on a computer with 512 mb ram, and an amd sempron 3400+ processor, so im not fully sure if i am running the right version. also my mint is installed in an extended partition while my vista isnt, could that be a reason for why it is so slow. please get back to me as any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance!
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Re: why so slow?

Postby mick55 on Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:23 am

If you installed Mint using Mint4win it
is going to run slow.
If you installed it as a standard dual boot
system on it's own partition, then it
should out perform Vista.It doesn't make
a difference if it's on a primary or extended partition.

Your video driver could be an issue though.
It would help to know what we are troubleshooting,
so could you run this command and post the output.
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inxi -F

This provides a short list of all your hardware.
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sudo sfdisk -l

This provides information about your partitions

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Re: why so slow?

Postby flukee on Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:32 am

inxi -F

System: Host Mint-PC Kernel 2.6.28-11-generic i686 (32 bit) Distro Linux Mint 7 Gloria - Main Edition
CPU: Single core AMD Sempron 3400+ (UP) cache 256 KB flags (sse3 nx lm) bmips 2004.02 clocked at 1000.00 MHz
Graphics: Card nVidia C51 [GeForce 6150 LE] X.Org 1.6.0 Res 1024x768@50.0hz
GLX Renderer GeForce 6150 LE/PCI/SSE2/3DNOW! GLX Version 2.1.2 NVIDIA 180.44
Audio: Card nVidia MCP51 High Definition Audio driver HDA Intel
Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture Version 1.0.18rc3
Network: Card Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver b44 v: 2.0
Disks: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (2.0% used) 1: /dev/sda ST3160812AS 160.0GB
Partition: ID:/ size: 116G used: 3.0G (3%) ID:swap-1 size: 1.33GB used: 0.09GB (6%)
Info: Processes 115 Uptime 1:00 Memory 211.9/433.2MB Client Shell inxi 1.0.6

sudo sfdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 19452 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0

Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 0+ 3910 3911- 31414083+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 3911 19451 15541 124833082+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
/dev/sda5 3911+ 19289 15379- 123531786 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 19290+ 19451 162- 1301233+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

and its installed on its own partition!
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Re: why so slow?

Postby markcynt on Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:36 am

Vista always opened programs very fast for me too.

I would say that's normal, especially if you use Vista's sleep or never power down due to the way Vista caches the programs you use into the RAM.
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Re: why so slow?

Postby flukee on Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:25 am

would getting the 64 bit version make a difference in speed, or would it not work on my processor?
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Re: why so slow?

Postby ctrl_ on Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:12 am

The reason Vista loads app fast is because it loads the program into your memory before you use it. Vista uses statistics from what you have used to do at a specific time and day of the week. So if you launch a game like World of Warcraft every day at around 18:00, Vista knows this and the program will then be cached into your computers memory before you use it.
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Re: why so slow?

Postby ibm450 on Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:28 am

-o0o-
  • how about using the preload app?
  • it will be automatically be added to your boot bootup processes and will preload your most commonly used applications to enable fast program loading. it intelligently looks at the programs you use and determines which ones to preload and how many, based on your available memory. its benefits improve after you've been using your machine a while and it learns which programs you use most often
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Re: why so slow?

Postby rbpyogesh on Mon Nov 23, 2009 10:39 am

I am not sure if this is this the right way to post here...

This is my first post

I just want to say THANKS to mick55 for posting the command inxi -F

I am using MINT for few days now and never really understood how to search for my system details and at last i found the command

So Thanks mate....
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