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I recently installed Ubuntu 12.04 32bit with Gnome 3 on a Toshiba 850D-104 for a friend of mine. This friend only surfs the web, checks for emails and plays online flash games a lot

I was chocked to see that the laptop was rather sluggish. I mean you get what you pay for, with this kind of processor (AMD E1-1200, dual-core 1.4Ghz), but it's a bit too much! It takes 10 seconds to just open up Chromium (1 tab!) not to mention when he plays a flash-game it's stuttery and becomes unplayable.

What can I do? I already tried Lubuntu, but it's not that much faster. I checked the resources and the ram is only 300Mb from the 6Gig installed? The Graphics card is a AMD HD Radeon 7310 (and the FGLRX-driver is installed)

Any solutions for a sluggish Flash experience on Ubuntu?


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What is the CPU usage like? Try running "top" in a terminal to see if anything is eating away at it. – Ross Fleming Dec 24 '12 at 13:51
possible duplicate of How can I improve overall system performance? – Eliah Kagan Aug 26 '13 at 10:11

I have the same laptop - the Toshiba Satellite 850D-M1050 with the AMD E1-1200 processor. I did not have slightest bit of a problem running ubuntu 12.04 on 4Gb memory.

The issues could be - Place your sata device in performance mode and the processor is set by default to always slow- set it to dynamic in the BIOS

Install the latest fglrx graphics driver (maybe you are still using the standard gallium one)

Reduce swappiness on your system.. there is an article about it too:

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