I tried Cinnamon but this pc wasn't powerful enough and it was unstable.
I installed Mate !8.0, everything good, but the pc kept freezing on a fairly infrequent basis but often enough to be problematic.
I updated to Mate 18.1 but the freezing continued, but otherwise a normal pc experience.
I downloaded and installed the newest version of Mate 18.1 and hooray the freezing stopped but after a short period of use the the pc behaved like a snail pulling a train, it's so slow that a an email times out before it's sent, I've tried all the "how to make your Linux Mint 18.1 go faster" with no success, and Googled until i'm "blue in the face" without success.
In desperation I burnt yet another ISO and loaded !8.1Xfce but the pc is still so slow as to be unusable.
I'm using Thunderbird and Firefox, please what can I do to improve matters and retain my sanity.
Memtest checks out OK.
Thanks in anticipation.
The output from inxi-Fxz is:
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andrew@andrew-Latitude-D820 ~ $ inxi -Fxz System: Host: andrew-Latitude-D820 Kernel: 4.4.0-53-generic i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 (Gtk 2.24.28) Distro: Linux Mint 18.1 Serena Machine: System: Dell (portable) product: Latitude D820 Mobo: Dell model: 0GF470 Bios: Dell v: A09 date: 06/04/2008 CPU: Dual core Intel T2400 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (nx pae sse sse2 sse3 vmx) bmips: 7315 clock speeds: max: 1833 MHz 1: 1000 MHz 2: 1000 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0 Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: email@example.com GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel NM10/ICH7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-53-generic Network: Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5752 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express driver: tg3 v: 3.137 bus-ID: 09:00.0 IF: enp9s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection driver: iwl3945 v: in-tree:s bus-ID: 0c:00.0 IF: wlp12s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 160.0GB (4.7% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD1600BEVS size: 160.0GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 145G used: 5.2G (4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.14GB used: 0.01GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 50.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A Info: Processes: 178 Uptime: 4:20 Memory: 610.2/2004.5MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.461) inxi: 2.2.35