I have some slight glitches running Ubuntu 13.04 in my old beloved Dell Mini 10v. How can I optimize the graphics for it?

It has got 1Gb of RAM and an N270 Atom processor. Very minimal graphics too.


Download and install Unity Tweak Tool from the Ubuntu Software Center and change the launcher and the search configs.

| improve this answer | |

I run Ubuntu 13.04 on a netbook too and this is what I do to optimize the machine:

  1. Install PCMan File Manager (or PCManFM) to replace Nautilus as the default File Manager.
  2. Install Synapse to replace Unity's application laucher.
  3. Remove unused apps and packages.
  4. Optional: install Xfce 4 to replace Unity.
| improve this answer | |
  • I always had pain with a non-unity desktop on Ubuntu – sarat Sep 12 '13 at 8:57
  • @sarat my experience is that you install Unity first to get the assets, and then install other desktop managers. – Hoang Huynh Sep 13 '13 at 10:39

OS use SWAP memory, which is located in HDD. HDD is slower than RAM, reducing the percentage of SWAP memory in HDD will increase the speed.

Check your percentage of SWAP memory using this command:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness

Result will be 0 to 100. To change the swappiness type this command:

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

Add or change the line with minimum value (0 to 10)


Restart your Notebook and enjoy :)

| improve this answer | |
  • please explain why changing swappiness will help with graphics. – amc Jul 26 '13 at 6:28

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.