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May 25, 2013 2:09:16 PM

I would like to use linux on an old PC that was lying around my house. It was running XP, but VERY slowly and was full of malware. So I wiped the drive and installed xubuntu. It installed and is working fun, but the screen seems to tear and stutter whenever I do anything other than stare at the desktop. I believe this is due to no video driver??? It is a Gateway GT5028. Any guesses and/or links to fix my problem? Will reward with best solution :D 

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May 25, 2013 3:12:09 PM

Anyone have a solution, I desperately need to use this system. Any ideas at all?
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May 25, 2013 3:27:00 PM

jaytechgaming said:
Anyone have a solution, I desperately need to use this system. Any ideas at all?


Has it got a dedicated GPU? or is it using the one on the CPU?
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May 25, 2013 3:49:16 PM

It has a Nvidia 6100, which I believe is a dedicated card.
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May 25, 2013 3:57:06 PM

Malware use up a large amount of system memory so that's what was making XP run slow. If you had removed the bugs instead of formatting it, it would have worked much better... probably even better than it's now doing... the PC has a AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ dual-core CPU and at least 2.0 GB of RAM... so, it's not a recent model but should work fast enough for everyday computing, even with XP which was originally designed to run with 256MB RAM.

The new problem is probably caused by outdated Chipset drivers... outdated video drivers shouldn't cause tears and stutters but updating them shouldn't hurt either... so do that and if the problem persists, check the case for dust in the RAM slots, refresh the CPU-heatsink thermal grease, also check the digital and PSU wire connections, and also check all fans including the PSU fan are working at normal speed. Bad PSUs can also cause similar symptoms so consider replacing it if the problem persists.

Gateway GT5028 Media Center Computer Model: GT5028
http://support.gateway.com/s/PC/R/5876/5876sp3.shtml

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Windsor)
http://www.x86-guide.com/en/cpu/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-3800+-...

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ (Toledo)
http://www.x86-guide.com/en/cpu/AMD-Athlon-64-X2-3800+-...
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May 25, 2013 4:04:40 PM

Where could I find chipset drivers for this PC? This was made for WinXP, could I install them using wine to run the .exe or would that cause a problem?
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May 25, 2013 4:06:03 PM

Also I am not getting any CPU use or RAM use that it out of the ordinary. CPU stays under 5-10% nearly all the time and RAM is at ~148MB/868MB.
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May 25, 2013 4:24:39 PM

jaytechgaming said:
Where could I find chipset drivers for this PC? This was made for WinXP, could I install them using wine to run the .exe or would that cause a problem?

That would depend on the Linux version but... I'd suggest using Linux drivers if possible, if not try using Wine.. if it doesn't work it should advice the problem.

Using Wine to install Windows drivers
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-newbie-8/...

Driver downloads
http://support.gateway.com/us/en/product/default.aspx?t...
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May 25, 2013 4:25:07 PM

I believe that I fixed the problem.

All I did was change the screen resolution. It was set to a resolution higher than the monitor's native. I changed it from 1024x768 to 800x600. Now it is fluid and working like new. Thanks for all the input guys!
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May 25, 2013 4:26:39 PM

Will be selecting Chicano as best solution due to his great input.
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May 25, 2013 4:28:28 PM

jaytechgaming said:
Also I am not getting any CPU use or RAM use that it out of the ordinary. CPU stays under 5-10% nearly all the time and RAM is at ~148MB/868MB.

This is now on Linux right... I meant the initial problem on Windows.

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May 25, 2013 4:39:24 PM

jaytechgaming said:
I wonder why it would default to a res higher than the monitor's. Weird, but now it is all fixed :D 

Will be selecting Chicano as best solution due to his great input.

It defaults to a higher resolution because it needs video drivers... the chipset drivers complement the video's so make it an objective to find both.

nVidia 6100 included in the support list.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux-display-ia32-173.14....
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May 25, 2013 5:15:02 PM

Chicano said:
jaytechgaming said:
Also I am not getting any CPU use or RAM use that it out of the ordinary. CPU stays under 5-10% nearly all the time and RAM is at ~148MB/868MB.

This is now on Linux right... I meant the initial problem on Windows.



Yes, those numbers are taken right from lubuntu's task manager.
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May 25, 2013 8:48:43 PM

About the display resolution; When you lower it to 800x600 it runs on the default system drivers, so basically you've removed the GPU drivers... and since it works better on defaults, this means the GPU drivers were the problem, possibly corrupted or infected... so updating them should solve the stuttering on 1024x768.
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May 26, 2013 4:31:00 AM

Yep, changed the drivers and grabbed a different monitor from my basement :D . Now it is running nice at 1366x768.
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