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System: Host: david-Inspiron-1525 Kernel: 4.13.0-36-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 5.4.0) Desktop: MATE 1.18.0 (Gtk 3.18.9-1ubuntu3.3) Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia Machine: System: Dell (portable) product: Inspiron 1525 Mobo: Dell model: 0U990C Bios: Dell v: A13 date: 06/27/2008 CPU: Dual core Intel Core2 Duo T5800 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 ssse3) bmips: 7980 clock speeds: max: 2000 MHz 1: 800 MHz 2: 2000 MHz Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary) 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 965GM GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 17.2.8 Direct Rendering: Yes Audio: Card Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0 Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.13.0-36-generic Network: Card-1: Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller driver: sky2 v: 1.30 port: de00 bus-ID: 09:00.0 IF: enp9s0 state: down mac: <filter> Card-2: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: wl bus-ID: 0b:00.0 IF: wlp11s0 state: up mac: <filter> Drives: HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (6.3% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320320AS size: 320.1GB Partition: ID-1: / size: 291G used: 16G (6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 ID-2: swap-1 size: 3.21GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda5 RAID: No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A fan-2: 0 fan-3: 0 Info: Processes: 147 Uptime: 19 min Memory: 983.5/3936.1MB Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Gcc sys: 5.4.0 Client: Shell (bash 4.3.481) inxi: 2.2.35> Like I said earlier, I barely know this Linux setup.
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/dev/sda5: UUID="0c6d76fb-a1da-4d1e-a2e5-303d5fad34bc" TYPE="swap" PARTUUID="20e72e90-05", This is the second command ......david@david-Inspiron-1525 ~ $ cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=93a5aabe-9456-4e18-9a5c-7930c89ed7b1 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=0c6d76fb-a1da-4d1e-a2e5-303d5fad34bc none swap sw 0 0
A couple of suggestions:
Since your machine is almost 8-9 years old, it might fare better with kernel 4.4.0-116.
You could also disable some services you don't need and thereby decreasing boot-up time. (see viewtopic.php?f=18&t=265254&p=1440579&h ... d#p1440579 for some ideas)
As for testing the HHD, others are surley more adept to give you suggestions on how to go about doing that.
Power off. Power on again while holding the left-shift key down. In the menu choose the newly installed kernel.
Try it and see if your machine runs better on that.
For disabling the services see the link I posted above to get some ideas.
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click on x.116 and then Install
Please ignore the fact that I have a lessor kernel installed, it is just a backup in case something happens to my 4.13.x kernel
david@david-Inspiron-1525 ~ $ lsblk
NAME MAJ:MIN RM SIZE RO TYPE MOUNTPOINT
sr0 11:0 1 1024M 0 rom
sda 8:0 0 298.1G 0 disk
├─sda2 8:2 0 1K 0 part
├─sda5 8:5 0 3G 0 part [SWAP]
└─sda1 8:1 0 295.1G 0 part /
You could consider removing the other kernels but keep at least one more (4.13.0-36 for example). In case anything goes wrong you will have an
You could also take a look at the link I posted before for disabling some services. The candidates for being disabled are safe as I can attest to it myself but the gain in boot-up time is in order of seconds.
If you would have the possibility to replace your HDD with an SSD that would certainly speed things up. But perhaps the long boot-up time can have other reasons that I am ignorant of. For those I am sure much more knowledgeable forum members will suggest you the right course of action.
System: Host: pcjochoa Kernel: 4.10.0-38-generic x86_64 (64 bit)
Desktop: Xfce 4.12.3 Distro: Linux Mint 18.3 Sylvia
The time after the unit is active or started is printed after the "@" character.
The time the unit takes to start is printed after the "+" character.
graphical.target @1min 32.409s
└─lightdm.service @1min 31.635s +767ms
└─systemd-user-sessions.service @1min 30.846s +105ms
└─basic.target @1min 30.400s
└─sockets.target @1min 30.400s
└─acpid.socket @1min 30.400s
└─sysinit.target @1min 30.395s
Afterwards, I think you are not far from me, did you?