[Wiltshire] Request for help - Ubuntu 14.04
amanglo at utvinternet.com
amanglo at utvinternet.com
Wed Sep 3 16:41:38 UTC 2014
John, many thanks. I'll 'consider my options'. Derek
On 3 Sep 2014 at 16:50, John Carlyle-Clarke wrote:
> Hi Derek-
> I've had problems before when trying to run Linux on a box with S3 Unichrome graphics, in that they are
> pretty terrible graphics cards and modern desktops tend to require decent GPU support for the fancy effects
> (Windows 7 is no different).
> I'd suggest, given the specs of the machine, that you try a more lightweight distro. You have many (many,
> many...) options, but here are a few:-
> * Lubuntu (Ubuntu remix with the LXDE desktop)
> * Xubuntu (Ubuntu remix with the XFCE desktop)
> * Linux Mint MATE (Mint is closely related to Ubuntu. MATE is their fork of the older Gnome 2
> desktop) http://blog.linuxmint.com/?p=2627
> * Linux Mint XFCE (Mint with XFCE, obviously)
> Of these, I'd recommend Mint/MATE by personal preference, and I think it's the most beginner-friendly of
> the above ... but you can download and burn live CD's or USBs for all of these and try them out without
> If you only have access to a working Windows machine at the moment, you can use UNetBootin to make
> bootable USB sticks - http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
> (Note, for some of the Mint versions above, you may need to download the ISO and then tell UNetBootin to
> use it. I don't know if it includes the various Mint versions in the distros that it knows about).
> Good luck!
> On 3 September 2014 15:06, <amanglo at utvinternet.com > wrote:
> A complete Linux novice, I recently installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS (from Live CD
> purchased from Canonical) - and downloaded 330.2 Mb of updates - on my desktop.
> The idea was to remove dependence on XP, which was done very effectively as XP
> was wiped completely by the installation of ubuntu. This was unintended - the
> hoped-for result was to have XP and ubuntu 'side by side'.
> The ubuntu program operates VERY slowly, often in jerks. Everything - typing,
> browsing, opening and closing programs - is ultra-slow.
> If anyone can suggest a fix I shall be grateful.
> The PC details are:
> AMD64 Athlon processor, 3.2 GHz. 120Gb hard disc. 4Gb installed RAM.
> Graphics card VIA S3 UniChrome Pro KT8237.
> Selecting "System Settings" > "Details" produces -
> Memory 1.4Gb
> Entering 'top' at the terminal produces - kiB Memory 1468416, kiB Swap 1505276,
> Thanks - Derek
> Graphics Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.4, 128 bits)
> Processor AMD Athlon (tm) 64 3200+
> OS Type 64 bit
> Disk 119.4 Gb
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