Computer runs very very slowly when I run Ms Office 2007

Asked by nizar on 2011-12-31

My computer is getting slow when i run Ms Word 2007.System monitor show 100%CPU, 500MB (25%) memory, 0 swap usage. I think that the problem is I installed ubuntu 10.10 in 10,3 GB partition and use 10GB instalation letting a few swap. How to solve this? Any idea to expand the drive? (I still have 30GB more in another partition)

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mycae (mycae) said : #1

Are you even running ubuntu? If so, you must be using wine to do so, as word is not a native application.

If you have zero swap usage, then expanding the drive is not going to make anything faster. swapping is only a problem when you start to run out of ram. At 25% usage, you are not going to have a major problem there.

I'm sure you have a reason to be running office, but did you try using libreoffice instead? As a proper native application, it will -instruction for instruction- be significantly faster than something running under wine, as there is no need for translation between windows and unix system calls,

Wine is not incredibly frugal with resources. Have you tried Libreoffice....

nizar (technomed-blogspot) said : #3

Ya, I use WINE.
I use Ms Office because my lecturers give handout in a softcopy in pptx format, which is can only be opened in ms powerpoint 2007 or later. I try to open pptx using openoffice (as i choose ubuntu 10.10 as my OS despite the latest version, ubuntu 11), but openoffice cant read the presentation.

I admitted, ubuntu is so far more advanced in interface than windows, even MAC..but its only office application that not well used.

Jacobsallan (jacobsallan) said : #4

With LibreOffice 3.4.4, I was able to read in and display a pptx format file. describes the installation process for LibreOffice. It requires that you uninstall OpenOffice first.

This does not guarantee that LibreOffice is a good solution. Your document may use MS Office features that OpenOffice and LibreOffice do not handle correctly.

delance (olivier-delance) said : #5

System->Administration->Monitor : what is swap disk usage reported ?
Could you also provide partition table: sudo fdisk -l

Libreoffice is not the only office app, there is Abiword and Gnumeric which can perform word processing and spreadsheeting respectively.

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