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November 27, 2013 12:02:00 PM

What is the fastest linux distro for my laptop? Toshiba Satellite.


Laptop summary:

Performance

Processor*
AMD E-Series Processor E-300
Operating System*
Windows 8
Graphics Engine*
AMD Radeon™ HD 6310

Memory and Storage

Memory*
4GB DDR3 1600MHz memory
Hard Drive*
500GB HDD (5400rpm, Serial ATA)
Optical Drive*
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)

Audio and Video

Display Size
15.6" widescreen
Display Type*
HD TruBrite® LED Backlit display
Display Resolution
1366x768 (HD), 16:9 aspect ratio, Supports 720p content
Audio
Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), TOSHIBA Audio Enhancement, Built-in stereo speakers

Communication

Webcam
HD Webcam and Microphone
Wireless LAN*
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Bluetooth
No Bluetooth (No Antenna)
LAN
10/100 Ethernet LAN

Power

AC Adapter
45W (19V 2.37A) Auto-sensing, 100-240V / 50-60Hz input
Battery
Li-Ion (48Wh, 6-Cell)
Battery Life*
Up to 3.77 hours
November 27, 2013 12:04:25 PM

I bought this thing new and it's so slow. Windows 8 perhaps? I believe the processor is just being used to much.
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November 27, 2013 12:08:38 PM

while any linux distro would be somewhat faster, the problem is the laptop itself. the E-300 is VERY slow. it was meant to be a cheap, low power cpu for netbooks, like 10 and 11 inch machines. they were never meant to do anything other than check email or facebook. if you want to do linux, id suggest ubuntu, or one of its variants (mint is my favorite). but they wont do much to cover up that cpu, which is a bit of a slug by todays standards. the slow 5400rpm hard drive isnt helping things either.

if you just bought it, id suggest you go return it, since no matter what you run, that machine will still be slow.
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November 27, 2013 12:28:39 PM

TheinsanegamerN said:
while any linux distro would be somewhat faster, the problem is the laptop itself. the E-300 is VERY slow. it was meant to be a cheap, low power cpu for netbooks, like 10 and 11 inch machines. they were never meant to do anything other than check email or facebook. if you want to do linux, id suggest ubuntu, or one of its variants (mint is my favorite). but they wont do much to cover up that cpu, which is a bit of a slug by todays standards. the slow 5400rpm hard drive isnt helping things either.

if you just bought it, id suggest you go return it, since no matter what you run, that machine will still be slow.




What can be done about speed?
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November 29, 2013 6:21:29 PM

maybe something like crunchbang, debian with a light DE ... lubuntu, puppy Linux. these are all fairly light weight.
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November 29, 2013 8:35:26 PM

Yes any distro that uses Openbox, LXDE, RazorQT.. etc will make your computer "quick" again.
Crunchbang or Lubuntu are good distrobutions to look at first.

I run alphaOS from a flash drive on a 1.4ghz celeron with 512mb of ram and it runs buttery smooth. the E-300 is much faster CPU than that ;) 
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November 29, 2013 9:22:03 PM

Bodhi Linux, which is based on Ubuntu 12.04 worked good on my old laptop, 2650e@1.8ghz and radeon x1200 igpu built in. peppermint os was quick too (based off lubuntu)

Edit: Linux Lite is a light weight 32 bit only distro based on Ubuntu 12.04 also. my Pentium D 940 with x1150 igpu was not "slow" with this distro, plus it has extras like wine and playonlinux ready to be installed with the click of the mouse. the Fedora MATE spin is "quick" too.
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