improve the performance on a netbook

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improve the performance on a netbook

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Just did a fresh install of KDE mint on my new MSI U230 netbook. I find quite slower than the regular GNOME even when it is on "performance mode".
Are there any settings or programs that I can tweak to improve the performance of Mint KDE?
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Re: improve the performance on a netbook

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1) In System Settings go to Desktop Effects and make sure Texture Filter is
set to Nearest (Fastest). Compositing type should be on OpenGL
(of course, make sure you have properly working 3D drivers).
The option "Enable direct rendering" should also be ticked, as should
"Use VSync". "Smooth scaling" should be off.

In the General section, you can try and turn off shadows, maybe it might help.

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Re: improve the performance on a netbook

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I do not know if this will help but in Windows when we want to make a slow system run faster we disable services that run at startup that we do not need or choose to never use.

I saw a thread here in these forums somewhere about disabling services. I will post the link if I find it so perhaps that may help you.

here is the link - http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.p ... es#p352669

WARNING: I do not know how much improvement disabling services in Mint ( I only had Mint for 1 day) will help but you must research each service carefully to KNOW if it's needed or safe for you to disable. You don't want to disable a critical system service. Proceed at your own risk. I suggest you make a backup of your system before trying any heavy editing.

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Re: improve the performance on a netbook

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Sure, you can also enable the task manager (called KSysguard in KDE)
and examine if any processes use too much CPU (RAM use shouldn't be a problem
if you have more than 512 MB). Please google the name of a process if you're
not sure whether it is vital for your system.

But if you're netbook is too slow, then none of this will help much. Your best bet
is to turn off the 3d effects, but first try my first answer and lower the effects as
I described. Maybe this will be enough.

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Re: improve the performance on a netbook

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If those do not help, then consider installing one
of the lighter mint varieties, such as, xfce or lxde.

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Re: improve the performance on a netbook

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canci wrote:1) In System Settings go to Desktop Effects and make sure Texture Filter is
set to Nearest (Fastest). Compositing type should be on OpenGL
(of course, make sure you have properly working 3D drivers).
The option "Enable direct rendering" should also be ticked, as should
"Use VSync". "Smooth scaling" should be off.

In the General section, you can try and turn off shadows, maybe it might help.
Thanks for those tips, I'm trying them on my EeePC 1000HE (Kubuntu 10.10). The texture filter option seems to be the most important.

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