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(Speed up/Clean up) Solved

Post by BoDill » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:52 pm

In an attempt to "speed up my Linux", I opened a site which is supposed to help me do that. Unfortunately, the first set of instructions that I read with the idea of executing read as follows:

" Clear the updates cache
2. Launch Synaptic Package Manager.

Panel of Synaptic: Settings - Preferences - Files

Select: Delete downloaded packages after installation

Press the button: Delete Cached Package Files"

Now, first of all, I do not know how to find the "Synaptic Package Manager". I spent an inordinate amount of time trying to find it, or figure out where to look for it, etc. with no luck. Can anyone either put these instructions in a form that an idiot (me) can follow? Or perhaps recommend some place where a completely inexperienced user can find "clean up/speed up" instructions? Think of "Speed up for idiots"...

Thank you in advance,
BoDill

Edit: I found a post of my own from the past that told me to completely disable and unplug my entire system, then start it again, and see if it's faster...and it worked!
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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by MrEen » Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:57 pm

Hi BoDill.

It should be in your Menu. It can also be launched from the terminal with synaptic-pkexec

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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by kevin987 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:03 pm

Try looking in Menu --> Administration
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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by sleeper12 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:04 pm

Synaptic Package Manager is in the Menu (bottom lower left). More speed up tips here:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... html#ID1.1

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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by all41 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:04 pm

In your menu look in the left column under System heading. It will be listed as Package Manager.
Your Mint 17 will be end of life regarding support in a couple of months though.
Your hardware will most likely be your speed barrier. Have you added any ram or other
hardware upgrades?
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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by gm10 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:04 pm

BoDill wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:52 pm
" Clear the updates cache
You don't really need to do anything. This is happening automatically by default on all supported versions of Linux Mint now (assuming you applied the latest updates to mintsystem), cached packages will be cleared after a week or when the cache reaches a certain size.

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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by Flemur » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:11 pm

BoDill wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:52 pm
In an attempt to "speed up my Linux", I opened a site which is supposed to help me do that. Unfortunately, the first set of instructions that I read with the idea of executing read as follows:
" Clear the updates cache
2. Launch Synaptic Package Manager.
That won't speed up linux. What is the mysterious website ?
Please edit your original post title to include [SOLVED] if/when it is solved!
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Re: Speed up/Clean up

Post by BoDill » Mon Feb 11, 2019 5:42 pm

First, since so many answered so quickly, I have not tried the proposed solutions yet, although I DID try looking at the menu and all sorts of other places with no luck before I posted. Please believe me that I do NOT just go to the forums unless I am really stuck.

The website with the instructions is as follows:

https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.c ... -mint.html

I have business to attend to right now, so, Thank You, and more later,
BoDill
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(Re: Speed up/Clean up)Solved

Post by BoDill » Tue Feb 12, 2019 1:50 pm

To all of you who responded;
First, thank you for your support. Next, I finally figured out how to follow the directions and I turns out that my system is already set up the way it is described in the directions. Perhaps I already did this some time ago; at over 70 years old I simply have very little memory any more (that is MY memory, not the computer's). At this point I think that the sudden slow speed of my system may have something to do with my phone provider (Verizon) who seems to be working on telephone poles all over this area. Since this drop in speed came up suddenly, it might not be a problem in my computer.

At this point, I do not have any intelligent questions to ask nor things to say, but I will check back to this forum in a day or two. So if you have any helpful hints or comments, please put them down. As always, I sincerely appreciate your help and patience.

BoDill

I am going to mark the first post in this series "Solved", because I found the answer in a previous post of my own from long ago!!!!
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