How can I make Ubuntu 10.04 faster?

Jessica C.W. May 3, 2010
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I installed Karmic on my machine yesterday, after I got fed up with XP’s sluggishness. After using it for 4 years it had gone slow. I then upgraded immediately to Lucid using the Update Manager and now everything is slow, except for bootup/shutdown.

Clicking on the panel menus is painfully slow and so are loading Firefox and switching between applications. I don’t know what else to do. I activated the software modem drive.

After searching Google for bit, I used “lspci -nn | grep VGA”, which returned “01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RC410 [Radeon Xpress 200M][1002:5A62]”, but I don’t know what to do with that information.

I have a Toshiba Satellite A105-S2001 (see specks here). I’m very new at using Ubuntu, so I’d appreciate any tip! Thank you in advance!

  1. Knowledgeinsight
    December 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    This solution still works on Ubuntu as of December 29th, 2011.  Just made the change and you were right Jhpot, made a big difference.


  2. Dale
    July 19, 2011 at 10:26 am

    Thanks Justin, I followed your advice and changed the settings on the appearance and my computer now works at normal speed. I have been following this thread and you certainly know alot. Thanks once again for your help. Dale :-)

  3. Gokulvarma
    June 22, 2010 at 8:44 am
    • Jessica Cam W.
      June 23, 2010 at 12:09 am

      I've completed several of those steps at this point and figured out that an Ethernet cable connection was the best solution. Thanks, Gokulvarma.

  4. coniefl
    May 29, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I switched to ubuntu when it was version 7.xx now I'm up to 10.04 and all of a sudden everything is running in slow motion, it started out ok, but gradually slowed down. I'm getting really mad at this as I swear by ubuntu, now it sucks. I booted windows 7 and have no problem , so I know its ubuntu itself.

    • Tina
      May 29, 2010 at 3:14 am

      You should ask this as a new question. Your chances or receiving a reply are much better. Click the green "Ask a Question" button in the top right of this page.

  5. Anonymous
    May 4, 2010 at 2:11 am

    Hi fellow recent ubuntu users! :) I just want to share about this getting started manual that I've recently found:

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm

      Great find! Thanks!

  6. jhpot
    May 3, 2010 at 2:07 pm


    Welcome to Ubuntu! Just to be clear, was Ubuntu 9.10 slow for you as well, or did the problems begin after your upgrade?

    If the later is true, try downloading Lucid directly, booting from the Live CD and getting a feel for whether or not this is slow. If not, the issue must have occurred during the upgrade process. Consider re-installing Ubuntu from the CD.

    If Ubuntu's been slow all along, I'd suggest turning off Desktop Effects to begin with click System -> Preferences -> Appearance, then click the "Visual Effects" tab. Click "None."

    Let me know if this speeds things up a bit.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      May 3, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Thank you so much! I'm so happy! Clicking on 'None' for Visual Effects worked! Now everything's so snappy.

      And 9.10 was not slow when I tried it on the Live CD. Thanks again! :)

      • jhpot
        May 3, 2010 at 9:19 pm

        Happy to help, Jessica.

        • Jessica Cam W.
          May 5, 2010 at 12:18 am

          Hi again, Justin! I'm having more problems with Ubuntu which might be symptoms of a flaky connection: Firefox and Chrome take forever to load secure sites (like, Dropbox won't even finish uploading a 74KB file, and Xmarks takes forever to finish syncing.

          But if my connection is really that flaky, in my other PC with Vista, things wouldn't be running great, but they do. Any ideas? Thank you in advance!

        • herbie643
          November 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm

          You might try going into Firefox and at the location bar enter about:config and press enter at the This might void your warranty (or something like that) then type into the search box ipv6 and see if the value of network.dns.disableIPv6 is false if so, doubleclick on it and network.dns.disableIPv6 will then become true. Close Firefox and restart. I know this sped up my connection like you cannot believe.
          I can only assume that as soon as IPV6 is implemented this will have to be set to false, but that won't occur for a while yet.

        • John
          January 19, 2011 at 7:33 pm

          Thanks for your help. After following the suggestions above, Ubuntu 10.04 runs much faster.

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