Tag Archive | netbook

Fedora or Ubuntu

For a long time since I started using Ubuntu, over a past two years, I have been heard of Fedora as well but never thought of installing it on my msi U100 netbook. I had installed Ubuntu 11.10 and was not much impressive like 10.10 or 11.04. I sent off my Ubuntu from mard disk and installed Fedora 16. Installation was not much complicated and more or less same as Ubuntu. First impression was good, no the best. It’s user interface was pretty interesting. No maximize and minimize buttons, no show desktop button.

Overall, it looked good. My feelings over fedora changed when observed it doesn’t have cleartype fonts. It’s window is oversized comparing with my netbook’s 10″ screen. While changing system font to small size font becomes ugly. Same is the thing with browser. Firefox fonts are also looking bad! The moment I admired Ubuntu’s font and UI. No second thought. I erased my hard disk and installed Ubuntu 11.10.

Major changes noticed in 11.10 are use of GNOME 3.x shell. Unity is pretty impressive while comparing with GNOME. GNOME 3 in Fedora is looking better but Unity in Ubuntu is much user friendly and impressing. Online accounts is added to user button on upeer panel, but still I dont understand where it applies to. No application found using the log in information in Online Accounts.

Another bad thing as far is me is considered is the increase in boot and shut down time. My netbook used to shut down in less than 5 seconds in earlier versions whereas now it takes more than 15 seconds. However, overall performance is good. Following changed I made after installing Ubuntu 11.10.

Installed Ubuntu restricted extras. This plug in is required to play music and video files, which comes aroud 100 MB in size. Another thing I installed is, yes VLC. It is must lightweight multi format player. Of course even if you don’t have any other plug ins installed, VLC alone can play almost every music and video files.

Ubuntu’s software centre is very user friedly while comparing with the equivalent application in Fedora. I must admit Ubuntu is the best OS for netbooks.

How to increase netbook performance in windows 7

Recently netbook sale has increased rapidly as everyone is using netbook instead of laptops. But netbook is comparatively slower. Todays most of the softwares are resource hungry. As netbooks are designed to perform basic net surfing documentation, presentation etc., they are not powerful enough to run resource hungry OS and softwares. However here is some tips for increasing your netbook performance.
1. Upgrade your memory
Most of the netbooks are shipped with 1 GB memory. It is advisable to upgrade it to 2 GB to get better performance.
2. Adjust your windows for best performance
There is an option inside windows to adjust performance settings. Adjust it as below. Right click on My computer icon and select properties. Then select advanced settings. There you can see advanced tab as shown in below picture
Then select settings under performance. 

Here select the option adjust for best performance. In this mode, all special features will be turned off. If you need any special kind of features, you can select the check boxes below.

3. Use CCleaner

CCleaner is a utility which helps to fix registry errors. Registry errors are generated after installing/uninstalling a software. Also it provide an option to take a backup before you fix registry errors.

4. Do not use antivirus

Antivirus is something which is highly resource utilizing softwares. In windows 7, windows defender is preinstalled which will take care of spywares. Also run CCleaner, which will delete temporary files. Also, avoid browsing sites which you are not familiar with.

5. Use ReadyBoost

This is a feature in windows 7, which enables to use your USB drive as an additonal to your memory and will help to speed up your device. Once you plug in a USB drive, an option will be shown in auto play whether you like to use it as a ready boost. If you choose, windows will show you how much memory in USB will be used for ReadyBoost. Always use this device plugged in your netbook.

6. Do not install too many softwares

If you are not using a software, uninstall it immediately. Because most of these softwares will be running in background, which will reduce the sysytem performance.

7. Turn off unnecessary system startup

Some programs will be starting up along with windows. If you dont use those softwares, turn it off. You can do it by type msconfig in run box. Also, if you are using CCleaner, there is an option to delete/modify startup values

8. Plug your netbook to AC supply whenever possible

Always try to use netbook with AC power supply. While on battery, some services will be turned off to save battery.

9. Turn off Media options

In windows 7, you can see media center software, which is high resource utilizing one.You can turn it off in control panel > Programs and Features > Turn off windows features

10. Use linux

Linux is super fast OS. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, is such a powerful OS that it boot in 3 or 4 seconds where windows 7 takes nearly a minute to ready to use. Also, there are many softwares are provided for free of cost. For more info go to www.ubuntu.com

Screen flickering issue in MSI Wind Notebook/ Netbook

MSI notebooks using Ubuntu is facing screen flickering issue for some minutes adter log in. I have tried many things to fix it. But seems the issue unresolved. But it is observed that when a flickering issue occurs, if you click on the right side of the taskbar, where your user name shows and clicking on it will pop up shutdown/ log off like options. If you clcik there and leave the pull down menu there for some seconds, you can see flickering stops. Try it. I hope this will fix it.

I have recently upgraded to Ubuntu Lucid beta version. It is noticed that screen flickering issue is not present in this version.