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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9?
« Reply #30 on: March 08, 2016, 05:00:11 pm »
It could be the able if it's damaged or TOO long, but unlikely.

This likely a hardware fault .. or simply that you're running out of RAM when you open the browser on pages that contain a lot of content .. particularly flash.

Have you tried an ad-blocker and flashblock
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9?
« Reply #31 on: March 13, 2016, 07:10:53 pm »
Hi!
Okay I got a new router, added adblock and flashblock and it is quite a bit zippier. I'm not sure which of those things did it. I noticed that chromium is still super slow but firefox is okay. I wouldn't say it's great but it's good enough for now. I mean, this little mini 9 is, after all, like 8 years old.

I'm very stubborn. I could buy a new computer but I just hate throwing something out that isn't completely used up. Hey, I have a 73 chevy nova, too. It's just the way I am...

How do I mark this solved?

Thanks so much for your help, mr. pcnetspec!

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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9?
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2016, 07:51:17 pm »
Hi!
Okay I got a new router, added adblock and flashblock and it is quite a bit zippier. I'm not sure which of those things did it. I noticed that chromium is still super slow but firefox is okay. I wouldn't say it's great but it's good enough for now. I mean, this little mini 9 is, after all, like 8 years old.

I'm very stubborn. I could buy a new computer but I just hate throwing something out that isn't completely used up. Hey, I have a 73 chevy nova, too. It's just the way I am...

How do I mark this solved?

Thanks so much for your help, mr. pcnetspec!

 :-* Eve
That's splendid news  ;).  To mark the topic as [SOLVED], go to your original post and add to the subject line: [SOLVED], that's it  :).  I've done this for you because we're nice like that around here  ;D.  You say you've added AdBlock.  If that gives you any problems, try uBlock Origin.  It an adblocker that's become very popular amongst Peppermint users  ;).
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #33 on: March 14, 2016, 03:42:41 pm »
I might add ...

I use several machines for different purposes.  And, on certain machines, I run certain blockers for certain purposes.  And, on yet other machines, I have 3-4 virtual 'users' in Chromium, running in different windows - all of 'them' using different combinations of blockers (and/or none at all). 

All blockers slow things down - some are slower or quicker than others.  Depends on the website you're visiting too.  Some sites will throw 20-30 trackers at you.  Blocking them eats up resources and load time.

Having said that, on most machines, and for the most part, all I run is Ghostery in Chromium.  IMO that's all most ppl need.

At the other end of the scale, when it's absolutely necessary, I run Ghostery, the original Adblocker, and Privacy Badger, all at the same time.  And, yes, this slows down things considerably.

In order of speed, I would rank them:  1) Ghostery, 2) The original Adblocker, and 3) Privacy Badger.

Put another way, Adblocker et al. would never be my first choice on any machine, no matter what.  Just saying ...   ;)

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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2016, 03:50:19 pm »
Adblock was really an afterthought .. main intention was flashblock.

That said, uBlock origins definitely make ad infested sites load faster.
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2016, 06:05:38 pm »
Different strokes, I suppose.  :)

I don't mind ads, as long as they aren't tracking you too. 

Trackers are my nag.  Hate 'em ...

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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #36 on: March 14, 2016, 07:58:02 pm »
The accent was on the "infested" .. I don't mind sites with ads as long as they don't go crazy with a gazillion flash ads

In fact someone should make an adbloker that allows 2 static adverts (or flash/html5 ones with a strict bandwidth limit), page header and footer .. but NO others .. if everyone used it, sites would still be able to make money as advertising space would be more valuable, and users wouldn't get aggravated or slowed down.

Site admins either comply or get blocked .. simplez!!!
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2016, 09:21:04 pm »
I have a built-in conflict, when it comes to ads ...  ;D

I represent the newspaper, magazine, and electronic media industry - among other things.  Remember ?

I can't come down too hard on advertising.  It's put a lot of food on the table, over the years.   ;)

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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2016, 09:52:33 pm »
The above solution wouldn't stop advertising or revenue from it .. it would just make advertising space more valuable

Okay it might push advertising out of reach for the small guy, but wasn't that the case when there was just TV .. and the world still turned back then :)
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #39 on: March 14, 2016, 10:21:38 pm »
They're working on it.

By 'they', I mean the new wave of gen-x executives, along with their zombie apocalypse army of millennials.

They're a smart lot, really, and a hard working bunch at that.  I enjoy meeting with them.

They'll figure it out ...

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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #40 on: March 15, 2016, 08:07:04 am »
I block all ads on all sites, and I record every show I watch on tv with my tivo, and when i do end up with time to watch my shows, tivo has commercial skip now which works great, but for years i just fast forwarded them all and never watched them....  My theory is this, I pay for cable which means they should not have commercials at all because i am already paying for the shows...  same with internet i pay for my internet therefore it should also be commercial and ad free... 
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #41 on: March 15, 2016, 08:57:09 am »
The internet and TV you pay for wouldn't be much use to you without content though would it ;)

I accept a certain amount of advertising to make content creation viable .. I just hate sites that overdo it with flash ads that suck the life out of your bandwidth in every bit of free space and then some.

I think most people would be happy to live with a single banner and footer advert if they were static or low bandwidth, so easily ignored and don't interfere with your browsing unless you CHOOSE to look at them .. problems only arise with repeated popups/popouts/popovers and sites PLASTERED with flash ads.

An adblocker that left a single banner/footer (static or low bandwidth), if it became popular would send a message to the site owners and advertisers, but it would also raise the price sites could charge for advertising space .. (nearly) everyone wins, there's still money for content creation, large advertisers still get to advertise, users don't get an annoying and slow internet .. as I said, only small advertisers would be priced out but they're generally the ones that spam me with "half price double glazing" adverts by email or splash porn ads everywhere anyway.
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Re: Soooo Sloooooow... is it time to give up on my old mini 9? [SOLVED]
« Reply #42 on: March 24, 2016, 04:46:38 pm »
As someone with similarish specs on a laptop I've been using for the past five years?

It's great you upgraded the drive both because better/faster ssd and just the space upgrade even if cramped from a main machine perspective leaves a lot of space so you don't have to constantly worry about upgrade creep.

Have you upgraded the thing's ram If I recall correctly it can accept up to a two gig stick and the code bits posted if I'm reading right looks like you're still only rocking a gig.? This article says by default it has an unused mni pcie slot by default. Advice would be putting a broadcom crystal HD 70015 in there to help with video.

Apologies fo anything that's already been stated. However I've been going with similar issues on what to do with ye olden Cr48. It's a good machine for light use. Suggest putting minitube on (get from the dev PPA rather than ubuntu repository.) Saves on bloat from chrome.

Pppermint is a great distro for the little beaut. Though sadly eventually the hardware is going to get too long in the tooth for the internet. At that point demote it to light productivity and or watching video. Especially if you use the broadcom decoder card it'll do great for most common codecs up to 720p (could do 1080p but I've heard it stutters a bit.)
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