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My laptop is Dell XPS M1330 Memory: 2GB Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo CPU T5450 @ 1.66GHz x 2 Graphics: Intel 965GM x86/MMX/SSE2 OS type: 32-bit Disk: 500 GB

Updating myself since 12.04 and now currently on 13.04. The performance of my system is now really bad. Slow like anything performance wise.

This is my df -h output

/dev/sda1        92G  9.8G   78G  12% /
none            4.0K     0  4.0K   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
udev            996M  4.0K  996M   1% /dev
tmpfs           201M  1.2M  200M   1% /run
none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
none           1004M  1.3M 1003M   1% /run/shm
none            100M   32K  100M   1% /run/user
/dev/sda3       138G  110G   21G  85% /home
/dev/sda5       226G  194G   21G  91% /home1

This is my free output

             total       used       free     shared    buffers     cached
Mem:       2055440    1880676     174764          0      40492     948284
-/+ buffers/cache:     891900    1163540
Swap:      3999740      37548    3962192

This is my top output

top - 11:53:47 up  2:19,  1 user,  load average: 0.16, 0.48, 0.78
Tasks: 216 total,   2 running, 212 sleeping,   0 stopped,   2 zombie
%Cpu(s): 12.7 us,  2.2 sy,  0.0 ni, 85.1 id,  0.0 wa,  0.0 hi,  0.0 si,  0.0 st
KiB Mem:   2055440 total,  1883344 used,   172096 free,    40576 buffers
KiB Swap:  3999740 total,    37548 used,  3962192 free,   947028 cached

  PID USER      PR  NI  VIRT  RES  SHR S  %CPU %MEM    TIME+  COMMAND                                                                                          
 3136 faisal-x  20   0  419m 159m  27m S   6.6  7.9  10:31.81 chrome                                                                                           
 2904 faisal-x  20   0  745m 118m  35m S   4.0  5.9   8:25.63 chrome                                                                                           
 2994 faisal-x  20   0  238m  41m  18m S   3.3  2.1   2:19.58 chrome                                                                                           
 2341 faisal-x  20   0  147m  25m  12m S   2.3  1.3   0:20.09 guake                                                                                            
 7790 faisal-x  20   0  256m  57m  24m S   2.3  2.9   0:25.17 chrome                                                                                           
 7800 faisal-x  20   0  250m  53m  25m S   2.3  2.6   0:23.73 chrome                                                                                           
 1253 root      20   0  159m  32m  20m S   2.0  1.6   2:11.34 Xorg                                                                                             
 7285 faisal-x  20   0  318m  99m  28m S   2.0  4.9   1:17.46 chrome                                                                                           
 7783 faisal-x  20   0  280m  69m  24m S   2.0  3.5   0:27.04 chrome                                                                                           
 7808 faisal-x  20   0  249m  54m  24m S   2.0  2.7   0:19.05 chrome                                                                                           
 7815 faisal-x  20   0  272m  93m  26m S   1.3  4.6   0:44.03 chrome                                                                                           
 8823 faisal-x  20   0  5332 1388  968 R   0.7  0.1   0:00.13 top                                                                                              
   24 root      20   0     0    0    0 R   0.3  0.0   0:08.72 kworker/0:1                                                                                      
 2074 root      20   0 13316  996  904 S   0.3  0.0   0:27.43 nmbd                                                                                             
 2981 faisal-x  20   0  234m  31m  15m S   0.3  1.6   0:00.99 chrome                                                                                           
 3156 faisal-x  20   0  156m  11m 7676 S   0.3  0.6   0:12.90 chrome                                                                                           
    1 root      20   0  4052 1920 1148 S   0.0  0.1   0:03.23 init      

At this moment of output, I have pidgin started configured as office-communicator for Lync connectivity and gmail configured. Further I have Google chrome started with around 7 tabs.

Mainly only this is running upfront.

I need suggestions, please don't make me install OS again as I don't want too and rather it is not a good practice either.


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If you're looking for an "expert opinion", look at hiring someone, this is community support, answers here have no guarantee of accuracy.

First I just want to note 13.04 is old, 13.10 is the latest version.

You did not clarify what you meant by "performance". Performance in Unity? Performance games aren't running very well? Chrome isn't loading pages fast enough? From the specs you posted, your system isn't exactly a new system. A system sold with 2GB of Ram and Intel GMA graphics is kind of pushing it in a system running the Unity shell, especially one after 12.04 with the decision to drop Unity2D.

It's important before any upgrade you should always backup your stuff (I clone my entire disk to an external drive with clonezilla) as occasionally upgrading may cause an issue depending on how much you have customized your system.

First, I'd suggest to download a LiveCD or make a Live USB copy of Ubuntu and boot it to see if it helps.

However, I think the system might not be completely up to par with newer releases of Ubuntu. I'd suggest in the case of the specs you're using, you should switch to LXDE or XFCE. Unity is fairly bloated contrary to popular belief, especially as time has went on. I prefer LXDE if I want a light environment since it's really lightweight and simple. Plus the Ubuntu LXDE distro (Lubuntu) looks really nice compared to the regular stock LXDE. You can use either command.

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-desktop
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

You'd need to logout and change the desktop environment by clicking the little ubuntu logo near your login name and choose the desktop you installed.

More than likely, unless you system is messed up in some other way, switching to a more lightweight desktop will make the system much more snappier.

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I am also looking for the community support, I am pretty much sure experts around read and comment and help others. Yes I have not yet upgraded to 13.10 as due to some apps I use which I have configured, I doubt they will not be fully supported with 13.10 but this does not mean the performance should drop. I am using gnome and using the lightest option available. Performance issues are, when system turns on the login takes quite long to load everything. The browsers with multiple tabs lags alot etc ... Further I agree the system is old but dude it is Linux – Faisal Saleem Feb 7 '14 at 12:39
The belief that "it's linux" does not necessarily mean it is lightweight, KDE, Gnome Shell and Unity are the opposite of lightweight. By "Gnome" I'm making the assumption you mean Gnome Shell? I still think it's your system you're using, I have one nearly identical & used it exclusively since I don't have much money I switched to LXDE. Like the other answer adds in, Chrome is also a resource hog. Chrome was advertised as being lightweight and fast, at least in the early days, but it is a big hog these days. Plus if you have a lot of plug ins and extensions running that adds to the load. – jsebean Feb 8 '14 at 13:35

I'm not really "an expert" but it is clear that Chrome is literally eating all your resources. I may recommend you Firefox to replace it, or any other browser that doesn't behave so lusty with your memory and CPU.

Additionally, you can try to free the ram cache if you feel that everything isn't going as it supposed to:

free -m && sudo sync && sudo sysctl -w vm.drop_caches=3 && free -m   

Of course, that is not a definitive solution to your problem and I would also advice you to upgrade your distribution to the latest version.

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I got quite ram free .. thanks for this tip .. – Faisal Saleem Feb 7 '14 at 12:29

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