Thread: Help with Linux on Laptop
December 23rd, 2007, 11:37 AM #1
Help with Linux on Laptop
Hello, I am having problems with an Asus Laptop.
The problem is that after I installed and updated Ubuntu Linux, the computer remained slow, but I fixed the wireless connection problem.
So, what the problem is that none of the programs that Linux has wants to load, including Firefox and games. It's like the 2GB of RAM is compressed down to 256 MB's, it's just running extremely slow.
Now, during the update I noticed that Compiz is installed, could that be causing problems.
Also, the GPU is a Geforce GO 7600, and nVidia said that that chip uses proprietary Asus drivers, so is that a possible cause?
If anybody has any ideas or needs more info, please post.
December 23rd, 2007, 12:30 PM #2
I would say the Compiz is a good place to start. You may also want to check 'Restricted Drivers Manager' and enable anything that's in there.
The laptop I'm on now (Compag nc8000) was real sluggish until I enabled the ATi video driver using the RDM and now it clips along great.This signature intentionally left blank.
December 23rd, 2007, 12:37 PM #3
I enabled the nVidia driver, forgot to mention that.
I'll try disabling, if not removing compiz. Hopefully that's the problem.
Edit- Exactly how do I disable and remove compiz? Do I just disable the effects, or do i have to uninstall compiz via Synaptic (Add/Remove doesn't contain compiz).
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December 23rd, 2007, 01:42 PM #4
I'd leave the driver enabled. I just have my Compiz disabled. I have all the desktop 'eye candy' disabled as well.
Did you install any extras? You may just have so much running in the background it's using a lot of resources.
- From the menu, check 'System/Preferences/Sessions' and see what's starting up.
- From the menu, check 'System/Administration/Services' and see what's running.This signature intentionally left blank.
December 23rd, 2007, 06:41 PM #5
No, I meant disable Compiz, not the driver.
I'm not sure on extras, the only thing I can think of is the educational games I put on. That may be the problem, but I'll look at the other things first.
Also, when I boot linux, but not WIndows Vista, there is a beep from the speakers for 30 seconds. Any idea what that is about?
I'll check the other things you said to look at.
Thanks for the help so far, BTW.
December 31st, 2007, 11:33 PM #6
It's easiest to uninstall Compiz (Synaptic or apt-get remove) then see if the problem goes away.
Is the beep one long continuous beep for 30 seconds? Or a beep repeating for 30 seconds?
January 2nd, 2008, 08:42 PM #7
One long continuous beep (note that this is far after the BIOS POST check).
Perhaps it is Ubuntu trying to communicate with the sound card?
I'll try a different Linux version, too.
January 2nd, 2008, 10:25 PM #8
Does it do the same thing when you boot with the LiveCD?
January 6th, 2008, 01:12 PM #9
Yes, it does.
On the up, with Compiz disabled, it seems to be mostly working. Except for the beep.
January 7th, 2008, 12:36 AM #10
Have you been able to try a different distribution yet? To see if it does the same thing? I have no more ideas.
January 7th, 2008, 09:26 PM #11
What version of Ubuntu are you running, the 32bit or 64bit? Even if the laptop has a 64bit architect, the 64bit version may not run right. I was having some problems when I installed the 64bit version on my pc. After installing the 32 bit version, everything was ok. Also make sure you have the right drivers for nvidia, the correct,updated drivers are nvidia-glx-new, which should be in Synaptic. This is what I went by to install the drivers for my 6100, running Feisty. Not too sure of the long beep you are experiencing.
January 7th, 2008, 11:32 PM #12
The 64-bit on a Turion 64-bit X2.
I can try a different version of Linux, but I'd rather not. I've tried uninstalling a Linux by wiping it off, but it usually doesn't take that too well.
Although I could try editing the Grub start up.
I'll think about it.
January 7th, 2008, 11:46 PM #13
Sounds like it may be the PCMIA card starting up (or something similar).
I'll try muting the sound.
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