Nothing "Karmic"al about my slow computer
January 28, 2010 12:02 PM Subscribe
Ubuntu 9.10 is running INCREDIBLY slow after a recent reboot. Any suggestions?
posted by caution live frogs to Computers & Internet (11 answers total)
The system is fairly old (Dell PowerEdge 1300, dual 500 mhz Intel PII, less than 512 mb RAM). It doesn't do much heavy lifting and has always been fairly reliable. Until today, when I rebooted it to do a kernel update.
The machine took a long time to boot. As in, 20 minutes before I had anything on screen. It's supposed to be running Xubuntu, and (when I finally got a CLI) I noticed a ton of Gnome things running. I removed gdm from my rc.d and restarted. Still slow as hell. Still got the Xubuntu splash and startup. I'd be happy to have it boot straight to CLI as I don't do anything with it directly, all my interactions are via SSH (but I do want XFCE installed, as I occasionally run programs via X11 forwarding).
I am back at a command line now (it took a full 10 minutes to go from password entry to command prompt!). I am limited by the extremely small screen resolution (Mach64 video, no way to bump up resolution, so most directory commands, etc. scroll off the screen with no way to see what I am missing). I can't log in remotely - it is possible to do it, but the lag between any command I issue and the response is so damn long that I end up timing out before the system does anything.
Occasionally it works fine. Then I log out, and I'm back to the same thing - insanely long waits just to get a login prompt, to have it respond to the prompt, and half the time it boots me even at the terminal because the password response times out before the damn machine even gives me the option to input a password. I'm at a loss here. Any suggestions? I didn't do anything to the system since the 9.10 upgrade except run Aptitude and then reboot after I noticed one of the updates was a new kernel. This is not the first time the machine has rebooted since the 9.10 update, either.
(If it matters at all, the system itself is working, for the most part. It acts as a firewall between my laptop and the network. I am successfully getting DNS from the machine, and have no networking issues once it finally boots. I just can't log in to it either remotely or at the command line.)