DrHu wrote:The usual process is..
- Check startup processes, removing ones you don't require
- Simplify the desktop, it can improve performance
- Use the best graphics driver available for the graphics card
--that usually means the vendor choice
- Use pre-linking, speeds up application loading
http://www.zdnet.com/a-look-at-linux-mi ... 000013027/
--a quick overview, these and other reviews/testing can often enough give some ideas on perfromance options..
Additionally, the number of activated processors (CPUs) running in your system: 4GB of RAM is pretty small, even with a 32bit OS (these days anyway..)
--and possibly using PAE mode is something else to be checking..
karlchen wrote:Hello, LNXlady.
Based on my own experience: 4 GB of RAM is absolutley all right, in particular for a 32-bit Mint version. My office machine has got 4 GB of RAM (3.45 GB of them usable). I hardly ever use more than 1.5 GB although I run a number of applications in parallel. Yet, it all depends. If I did video editing 4 GB might be not enough. In this case the good old Nvidia Geforec 8500 GT might be undersized as well.
By the way my GeForce 8500 GT has got only 256 MB of dedicated video RAM. Yet, doing office work most of the time my Mint 13 x64 Cinnamon 1.6.7 desktop runs really fast.
On the other hand on Windows 7 the same video card only scores 4.6 points out of 7.9 for its gaming performance. So the 8500 GT, seen from the current perspective, is not a really power card.
Yet, as stated above, it is good enough for Cinamon. I cannot, however, judge whether it is good enough for KDE. I have never bothered to try Mint KDE.
So, no, your hardware specifications alone do not explain why your machine works in a sluggish way. Sorry, but it is not that simple.
You might wish to run
and post the screen output here. This will give a concise overview of your hardware and the relevant hardware drivers.
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Graphics: Card: NVIDIA G86 [GeForce 8500 GT] bus-ID: 02:00.0
X.Org: 1.13.0 drivers: (unloaded: fbdev,vesa,nouveau) FAILED: nvidia Resolution: firstname.lastname@example.org
GLX Renderer: GeForce 8500 GT/PCIe/SSE2/3DNOW! GLX Version: 3.3.0 NVIDIA 304.88 Direct Rendering: Yes
DrHu wrote:4GB of RAM is pretty small, even with a 32bit OS (these days anyway..)
hal8000 wrote:There is some good advice in your replies.
LMKDE 14 for me, runs about the same speed as other distros running KDE, on my hardware.
See if the following tweaks may help:
Go to KDE system settings, System Administration, Startup and Shutdown, Service Manager.
You can google each item for details, but there are some things you can do without.
If you dont use bluetooth, then stop service bluedevil and untick the box to run at startup.
You can also stop and untick Neopuk Search Module, this can sometimes cause KDE to run
slowly. If your internet connection is via ethernet with a separate router then you can also
stop and uncheck DNS-SD service discovery monitor.
Another tweak is to install boot up manager as in this thread:
http://www.itworld.com/software/305926/ ... buntu-1210
If you are unsure what the services do you can google each item, hope that helps.
homerscousin wrote:Am I reading this correctly. You have 2 swap partitions? each 4 Gb? Why? Probably don't need 57 (60) Gb for root either. 20 Gb should be plenty.
LNXlady wrote:I don't keep Home in a separate partition and I gave root only 30Gb once (after reading that 20Gb would be plenty) and ran out. I have lots of space on this drive so there was no reason to risk it happening again. I don't see how that has anything to do with LMDKE running slow for me?
I don't keep Home in a separate partition and I gave root only 30Gb once (after reading that 20Gb would be plenty) and ran out. I have lots of space on this drive so there was no reason to risk it happening again. I don't see how that has anything to do with LMDKE running slow for me?
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