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So, my graphics card (GeForce 550Ti) took a crap the other day, fan blades broke and flew off and yeah...a mess. Now my Ubuntu install is slower than hell. I click the icon or press super and the dash takes 2-3 seconds to figure out what to do, then it jumps up and lags for about 5 seconds and then shows up. After that, all's good, it's rather speedy, but still jumpy.

Until I can afford a new card, what can I do to obtain better performance out of the dash?

It's also possible that I'm not using the correct driver, of course. I installed the proprietary tested driver nvidia-304.

The card I have is currently is an old integrated one: GeForce 6150SE nForce 430/integrated/SSE2. Should I be using a different driver?

My system isn't a bad one:

8GB ram, AMD Phenom II Quad Core besides the graphics card, the system should be

Thanks in advance for any info.

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Maybe your GC is too hot? – Kaz Wolfe Jan 12 '14 at 5:43

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