Ubuntu taking forever to open

Asked by roda on 2008-02-12

I'm having trouble loading Ubuntu on my desktop computer. I have Ubuntu on my laptop, and after a little learning curve time, I love it. So I thought I would put it on another computer. It is a Dell Dimension 2400 with a Pentium 4, 2.5 processor and an Intel chipset (I don't have the number with me right now), 40 G hard drive. I do only have 128 MB of ram. I have ordered another 512 and should receive it in a couple days, but this computer was running XP just fine. It took me forever to install Ubuntu. After failing with the Ubuntu and Xubuntu live disks, I finally got it installed with the alternate install CD. It boots up, I get the login screen, but after that, the computer just runs and runs. I let it go for about a half hour and it finally loaded, but I could do almost nothing. My plan was to install Xubuntu, but I couldn't even get that far. Any suggestions???

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how did ya try to install it off the ubuntu and xubuntu?

roda (rodalter) said : #2

Like I said, I used the I downloaded and used the CD's from the web site. I was Able to install it with the alternate CD. It is installed, but it just seems to be using so much of the memory that it takes forever to load the desktop. It actually did load once, but every action I tried seemed to use all of the memory and couldn't complete. I thought if I could install the Xubuntu desktop, I might be able to use it long enough to figure out what was using all the memory, but I can't get that far.

williamts99 (williamts99) said : #3


You may want to have a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements

128 meg of ram is not much at all, especially if it is shared with your video card. If it is shared with your video card then your system is receiving even less.

You may also want to have a look at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/LowMemorySystems for help with using a system that lacks a good amount of ram.

Once you get your order in and add some ram to the system, you should be just fine.

Best Regards,

roda (rodalter) said : #4

Thanks for the suggestions - I'll give one of those a try tonight. By the way, I was skimming through the articles you attached. I had never heard of Fluxbuntu before reading one of the articles. Does this installation include Synaptic so that I can easily download the regular Ubuntu software once I get the extra RAM?

Best Martin Božič (martin-bozic) said : #5

If you'd like to modify your existing installation into Xubuntu you can do this by pressing Ctrl+Alt+F1 when the login screen appears. This will put you in the command line interface mode/level where you can install Xubuntu desktop by this command:

sudo aptitude install xubuntu-desktop

After the installation of the packages is over you can return to the graphical mode/level with Alt+F7. Before logging in, change session type to Xubuntu in the "Options" menu in the lower left corner. Then you login and voila, Xubuntu at your disposal.

roda (rodalter) said : #6