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How to Revive That Slow Computer

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Have a computer that's slow and don't know what to do with it? You must try this first before you get rid of it!


Premise:

Okay, so you have a very slow computer or laptop. Now, this isn't really a trick or a life hack, but the reason why installing a Linux OS on the machine is faster is because it comes with less bloatware, less spyware, etc. Linux only provides the basic functionality of a computer to work, nothing else. If you have some time and are willing to spend at least thirty minutes to follow and do what is shown in this article, your machine will be usable again. There is no need to upgrade your ram, change your hard drive, or buy a machine. You just need to install a new operating system that uses less resources, because lets be frank, many low-end machines can even barely run the operating system they are sold with. Why? Because it's a marketing tactic to get you to believe that if you spend more money for better machine, of course, it will be faster and better! So in this article, my parent was sad because of buying this laptop for less than $200 USD but it was extremely slow. Now it boots up faster, and runs with far less chop, and less frame-skips.

Before you move onto the next section, here as a really nice article that shows the comparison between windows os and linux os: https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000575.htm

You can also do this on a mac: macworld


Check This First:

If you can open up your computer or know the model number, do some research on it to see if you can either, expand the ram, change the processor (CPU), or switch out the old hard disk drive (HDD) for a solid state drive (SSD). If none of those options are available to you then proceed to the next section.


What Do You Need:

In this article, I will show you just how easy it is to install Linux, in particular the easiest to use distro Ubuntu desktop, which is short for distrobution, in which people create their own OS around the source-code of Linux (which is based of Unix). So make sure your machine has these minimum specifications (if you don't know, check your system properties):

Minimum Requirements (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Installation/SystemRequirements):

700 MHz processor (about Intel Celeron or better)

512 MiB RAM (system memory)

5 GB of hard-drive space (or USB stick, memory card or external drive but see LiveCD for an alternative approach)

VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution

Either a CD/DVD drive or a USB port for the installer media

Internet access is helpful

Once you know you have the requirements, head on here and download the ISO for Ubuntu Desktop, try to download the latest stable version: https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop

While that's downloading, you will need at least, or I suggest a 8 GB USB that is 3.0 or better. A 3.0 USB is faster and will make installing faster obviously. If you don't have a 3.0, that's still okay, just make sure it's above 8 GB because we will be reformatting it with LiveUSB software so that we can boot to it on our new machine.


Instructional Steps:

1. The very first step is that you must make sure you have met the minimal requirements to run Ubuntu Desktop on your machine! Before you continue to the next step, back-up your files if you want, to another drive or cloud because we are going to wipe-out all the files on the disk drive or solid state drive.

2. While you are downloading the Ubuntu Desktop ISO, you can download the latest version of LiveUSB creator or you can download an older version I use by clicking on this.

LiveUSB creator reformats the USB to our selected chosen ISO. Once your download finishes, launch LiveUSB and select your USB and the ISO and reformat it, which is by clicking the button "create live USB". This will take some time. During this time, if you don't know how to boot to your BIOS or change the boot device on your machine, go check your manual or search it online. Typically by searching the brand name of your machine and how to change boot device will give you the correct answer. Most machines assign the boot device key upon start-up to be F2, F11, or F12 (different for each machine brand or motherboard).

3. Once your USB is ready, turn off your machine and plug-in the USB and turn on your machine and spam the boot device key or BIOS key. If you are in the BIOS screen, which is usually American Megaminds (or something brand), also the user interface may be blue and really ugly, then you are in the right place. Navigate to Devices or boot devices and change it to boot from your USB. Then save and exit and it should boot using your USB.

4. You will soon get prompted to use Ubuntu Desktop and select your language, after, select the option to run it live.

5. Below I will display pictures of the process and then explain each picture for the installation process of Ubuntu Desktop. In this picture below, I am installing third-party software because usually, the operating systems comes with zero drivers for hardware on your machine and some applications. So you may want to install third-party software (it's still very minimal compared to windows) and if you want to have Secure Boot, go for it. This enables it so that, you provide that password upon installing new things, and such.

Now in the picture below, we will erase the entire disk and install Ubuntu. You don't have to do this, but if you are sure you won't be using windows on the machine or mac anymore, select that option.

In the below picture (after a few screens), set-up your main account for the machine. Then Ubuntu will start installing onto your machine and takes a while. It took me about 15 minutes.

Now just restart your machine, like below!

Your machine should definitely be "faster" now! In the below picture is the machine's hardware that I used for this article above. If your machine is similar or better, you will definitely love Linux.

6. Now if you are extremely new to Linux, Ubuntu makes it easier for you to download and install software. There are many alternative applications to windows and mac that you can use, and they are FREE! Now with your new machine, that is given a new life with Linux, go do whatever you want... Like watch anime, hahaha!


Still Need Help:

Thanks for reading this article, and if you found it saved your machine's life from the scrapyard or you learned something new, comment below! If you are stuck or have any questions, feel free to comment here or the Ubuntu forums. https://ubuntuforums.org/


Thank You:

I hope you were able to save that computer from hitting the scrapyard!

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