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Linux Mint Slowness

Post by tklemp » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:28 am

I bought an Asus VM62-G216Z desktop last spring. It came with Windows 7 but I immediately installed Linux Mint in a dual boot situation. Since then, I have always experienced slowness when trying to maneuver around the desktop, particularly when I leave the computer for a few hours and come back to use it. In some cases, I end up restarting in order for it to speed up.

I have not added any hardware to my Asus so that could be part of the issue as the desktop came with what I assume to be the bare minimum for Windows 7 to run.

Any thoughts as to what I can do?

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by MrEen » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:38 am

You don't say which desktop environment you are running, but there are some very good tips here: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinuxtipsproject/3

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by Chemical_Ali » Sun Jan 14, 2018 1:09 am

I had similar situation, which I thought was due to a kernel update. But, I found that Firefox/Waterfox was slowing my computer over time.

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by Hoser Rob » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:33 am

You need to provide more system info than the make/model ... copy/paste this to the terminal and copy/paste the text output here ...

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inxi -Fxz

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by tklemp » Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:01 am

Here is the information from the terminal. I am running the latest cinnamon version of LM (Linux Mint 18.3 Cinnamon 64-bit)

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System:    Host: klemps-VM62 Kernel: 4.4.0-109-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.6.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3)
           Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
Machine:   Mobo: ASUSTeK model: VM62
           Bios: ASUSTeK (Licensed from AMI) v: 1203 date: 08/28/2015
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i3-4030U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 7582
           clock speeds: max: 1900 MHz 1: 1900 MHz 2: 1900 MHz 3: 1900 MHz
           4: 1900 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Haswell-ULT Integrated Graphics Controller
           bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1080@60.00hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Haswell Mobile
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 11.2.0 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel 8 Series HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Haswell-ULT HD Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-109-generic
Network:   Card-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: e000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8821AE 802.11ac PCIe Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: rtl8821ae port: d000 bus-ID: 04:00.0
           IF: wlp4s0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 1000.2GB (2.9% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: TOSHIBA_DT01ACA1 size: 1000.2GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 570G used: 24G (5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda6
           ID-2: swap-1 size: 4.20GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda7
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 52.0C mobo: 27.8C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: 0
Info:      Processes: 227 Uptime: 6 min Memory: 2330.3/3859.4MB
           Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35
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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by johnny9308 » Sun Jan 14, 2018 11:00 pm

Are you referring to mouse movement being very sluggish? If so, I noticed the same problem today on my laptop.
From what I recall, the details were that I started the laptop and promptly closed the lid to use the HDMI connection to my external monitor and USB cable to my monitor's USB hub.
I noticed the mouse was very sluggish, so I rebooted the laptop again but this time I let it come up fully before closing the lid and letting the external monitor take over. No problem since - the mouse is very responsive.

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System:    Host: xxxx Kernel: 4.8.0-53-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.4.6 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.2 Sonya
Machine:   System: LENOVO (portable) product: 1066AWU v: Lenovo V570
           Mobo: LENOVO model: Emerald Lake v: FAB1 Bios: LENOVO v: 44CN43WW date: 10/27/2011
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i5-2450M (-HT-MCP-) cache: 3072 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9976
           clock speeds: max: 3100 MHz 1: 839 MHz 2: 836 MHz 3: 989 MHz 4: 900 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.18.4 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 3440x1440@29.99hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Sandybridge Mobile GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 17.0.7 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card Intel 6 Series/C200 Series Family High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.8.0-53-generic
Network:   Card-1: Intel Centrino Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150 driver: iwlwifi bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlp2s0 state: up mac: <filter>
           Card-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller
           driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 2000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 500.1GB (9.2% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: HITACHI_HTS54505 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 452G used: 37G (9%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/dm-0
           ID-2: /boot size: 473M used: 67M (15%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda2
           ID-3: swap-1 size: 6.35GB used: 0.04GB (1%) fs: swap dev: /dev/dm-1
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 57.0C mobo: 48.0C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 233 Uptime: 11:53 Memory: 2792.0/5880.7MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35 

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by wwfwng » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:29 pm

Chemical_Ali wrote:I had similar situation, which I thought was due to a kernel update. But, I found that Firefox/Waterfox was slowing my computer over time.
I have the same issue with ff and wf. Have you solved it?

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by tklemp » Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:27 pm

I do have issues with my wireless keyboard and mouse being sluggish but I chalked that up to batteries being bad. I was more of talking in general that it is sluggish after coming out of hibernation and never regains its full strength until I reboot the computer.

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by aniola » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:26 am

Linux Mint has always done that to me, too. Hibernate is effectively useless, as far as I can tell. I was told to get in the habit of shutting the computer down.

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by tklemp » Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:00 pm

So in summary, there isn't anything that jumps out as to what the issue is. We just chalk it up as one downside of Linux Mint?

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by prestonR » Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:45 am

Edit: Just noticed that I didn't address the OP's system info but johnny9308's. That's why we should have 1 thread per issue. Anyway, here we go:

With Mint you're in charge; identify the bottlenecks of your hardware, monitor the load/processes you're running and decide what should be prioritised, you're the boss.

Look at your system data;
- your laptop is 7 years old
- you've picked the most demanding desktop environment and
- you're running it to a 5k monitor on the integrated Intel graphics
- your monitor struggles at a refresh rate of under 30Hz, 60 is normal, twiddle your cursor around a bit and it will lag

About a year ago I tried Apple's 5k Imac in base config, nice monitor but useless machine for anything that needs to keep the frame rate up. The apple guy knew and suggested romping up the specs. At double the price...

Your processor has steps set by a governor. Your stepping is 1: 839 MHz 2: 836 MHz 3: 989 MHz 4: 900 MHz, all basically about 25% of what your proc can do. Might be worth to work out why (heat, too many processes, too tight case with too many components, broken intel_pstate driver) There are various ways to take control of that, via command line or via an app like cpufreq-utils.

https://unix.stackexchange.com/question ... ridge?rq=1

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Re: Linux Mint Slowness

Post by prestonR » Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:34 am

About tklemp's problem; can't see too much wrong with that, your hardware seems quite adequate to allow a decent performance. The only thing is the number of processes and ram usage seems a bit high but of course I don't know what else you were doing when running inxi.

To get to know what's slowing down your machine I'd install conky (install conky-manager, conky comes with it) it's a good way to identify resource hogging tasks. Whilst running the conky
- what processes are the most demanding, do you need them
- play with the compositor settings, compiz on/off
- eye candy like windows animations, fades, transparencies on/off
- go through your startup programs, google the ones you don't know and disable whatever isn't needed
- install cpufreq-utils and try pushing up the cpu whilst keeping an eye on the temps

Also check out forum member Pjotr's 10 things to do after installing Cinnamon here: https://sites.google.com/site/easylinux ... amon-first

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