I just recently installed Fedora 23 on a machine. It was running very slowly, and initially only had 1GB of RAM. So I installed 4 more GBs. Still very slow. I thought that perhaps it was a problem with Fedora 23 so I wiped everything and installed Fedora 22. However it is still very slow.

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A terminal will usually open just fine, however as soon as I open Firefox (or Chrome) it will freeze for about ten minutes at a time. It will also do some odd looking stuff while trying to render simple things like the browser. (See attached screenshot) The most appropriate term for it would probably be "lag".

Rendering Issues:Rendering issues:

System Info from a memory test I ran earlier: (In case that's Helpful) System information from a memory test I ran earlier today:

Inside my computer: (if that's helpful)Inside Computer

I'm stumped. What could be causing this? And how do I fix it?

  • What graphics card have you got? – fpmurphy Jan 14 '16 at 4:48

Have you tried an alternative desktop environment that would be less intense graphically? I think this is where your bottleneck lies. Check out the Fedora spinoff that comes with LXDE? It's very lightweight in terms of cpu/gpu/memory usage and is a lot more graphically frugal than a gnome based DE. It should run well on the hardware you currently have. Go for the 32bit version, no need for 64bit on that PC.

  • Are you recommending LXDE because LXDE is less graphics intensive? Or for some other reason? – 0112 Jan 15 '16 at 22:02
  • Will this allow me to browse the web? I'm using this box for web development, so that's a bit of a must. – 0112 Jan 15 '16 at 22:29
  • It's very lightweight graphically as well as low cpu/memory usage. It will allow you browse the web and do some web development. How much web development will depend on the type you are doing. – ynnekkram Jan 16 '16 at 9:15
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    ynnekkram & @Sokel , Thank you for your answers. ynnekkram I went with the LXDE solution and while it's not as pretty as GNOME it seems to be doing the job so far. Both seem like plausible solutions, but since ynnekkram's is the one I went with I would like to mark this as the answer. If you could edit your question to include the fact that graphics is what's causing the issue, I'll go ahead and mark it . – 0112 Jan 17 '16 at 0:23
  • Are you going to edit it? – 0112 Jan 22 '16 at 17:34

Unfortunately, your bottleneck is going to be your graphics. And correct me if I'm wrong, that looks like an Optiplex... The system had 1GB of RAM to begin with, and that's an extremely low number, as far as desktop PC's are concerned. 4GB is kind of low too, but you should easily get away with it.

Your graphics are your bottleneck and you will continue to have issues unless you add a PCIe graphics card (it doesn't have to be super fancy).

  • Would this be anything more complicated than opening my computer and plugging it in? – 0112 Jan 15 '16 at 21:09
  • Something like this? bestbuy.com/site/… – 0112 Jan 15 '16 at 21:24

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