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Installing the Jupiter power management applicationThis is an optional install, but I recommend it for laptops, as when you switch from mains power to battery power, the Jupiter panel applet will switch your CPU into power saving mode, which will make your battery last longer.Open a terminal and runCode: [Select]sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiterthenCode: [Select]sudo apt-get updatethenCode: [Select]sudo apt-get install jupiterNow REBOOT (to load the application) .. you'll then see a new icon by the clock that looks like a lightening bolt .. when you unplug the mains power, this icon should change to reflect it has set the CPU to "Power Saving" mode, when you plug it back in, it should switch to "Maximum Performance" mode.You can also switch modes manually by clicking the lightning bolt icon, and selecting the "Performance" mode.Be aware .. with certain laptops, the switching to "Power Saving" isn't 100% accurate .. so when you unplug your laptop from the mains to run on battery for an extended period, visually check the icon has changed to "Power Saving" mode, if it hasn't, do it manually .. and if necessary switch it back to "Performance" when the laptop is plugged in.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/jupiter
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install jupiter
OK, the graphics card aint up to much, but will be fine for most things as long as you don't expect miracles.
It looks like the CPU is being throttled back (which will affect how well flash works) .. are you back on battery only (unplugged), and/or is Jupiter set to "Power Saving" ?
When using flash, probably best to make sure Jupiter is set to "Performance".
Also understand flash is majorly CPU and RAM intensive, so only having 704Mb RAM, and the CPU throttled by Jupiter will both impact flash performance .. which I wouldn't expect to be anywhere near as good as on your netbook anyway.
Your netbook will have a single core, but dual threaded CPU and a more recent graphics card .. as well as more RAM.
You cannot upgrade the graphics card of most laptops, certainly one with a Semperon CPU .. some top of the range laptops have removeable cards, but most have the graphics card integrated onto the motherboard, which can't be replaced.
RAM .. Personally I'd like at least 1Gb (1000Mb) .. but it the role this laptop is going to be used, I probably wouldn't bother upgrading from what you have .. unless some RAM dropped into my hands free.
DVD's and Video's (non flash) are not realy CPU, RAM, or Graphics intensive .. so this system will probably be OK for that.
Word processing is also not resource intensive
As long as you don't have multiple webpages open, all with flash content .. or install something like flashblock in Firefox, you should be fine
And don't expect this laptop to be a games machine
But it will probably do most things you throw at it reasonably.
How do I find out what RAM the netbook is? Just for a comparison.
I don't know what flashblock is.
As I said .. Mint is MUCH heavier than Peppermint
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