[nSLUG] System performance, etc.

zak martell zak.martell at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 10:21:40 ADT 2016

Hi Frank,

What happens if you run "free -m" ?

Also, theres a GNOME equivalent to "Task Manager" called System Monitor
that should already be installed -

In most cases its usually the lack of hardware acceleration on from the
video card. Windows would do the same if you were to uninstall the
videocard driver. Since keystrokes use very little resources, it tends to
be the refresh of the screen that is done after every keystroke that makes
it seem slow.

On Thu, Sep 8, 2016 at 10:15 AM, Frank Geitzler <
frank.geitzler at ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:

> I have an old Compaq Proteva tower which I use to test out disk drives,
> new software, etc.  Several years ago I had to have the motherboard
> replaced, with a MSI-865 PE with a Celeron 2.93 GHz processor Ne02.  It
> only has 3 GB of memory, and runs Ubuntu 14.04 at present.
> For some time I have been annoyed at the performance of the system -I can
> type faster than the letters appear on the screen...  I noticed that I had
> set up Ubuntu with only a 2GB swap file, and wondered if that might be part
> of the problem, so I defined a new 8GB swap file using gparted, referred to
> that swap file in the /etc/fstab file, commented out the line referring to
> the old swap file, and booted the system with the modified fstab.  There
> was no apparent difference in the performance.  For some reason, the
> command 'df' for this system with the 8GB swap file showed *no swap
> file, * although the hard drive now contains two swap files.  I then put
> the old fstab, referring to the old 2GB swap file, back in place -but 'df'
> still shows no swap file. I later realized by entering 'df' on my laptop,
> that the swap file apparently does not show on the list of files produced
> by the 'df' command -that was just a 'red herring'.
> I have a feeling that something is running which is wasting cycles.  Last
> year I attempted to set up a local Apache web server, ran into problems
> with the installation (missing or unavailable prerequisite files) and gave
> up on it -I had other priorities at the time, but it is possible that some
> of that is stealing cycles.
> I don't have any experience with the system internals -can anyone suggest
> some installed or free Ubuntu software tools which would let me see what is
> running, and how to stop processes which shouldn't be there, etc.?  If this
> were a Windows system, I would give it a three-fingered salute to get Task
> Manager, and see which processes were heavy cycle users...
> Thanks,
> Frank
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