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  1. #1
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    Question Slow Lenovo Thinkpad W510

    I installed Kali on a secondhand laptop I bought and it is running very slow please help:

    Code:
    product: 438924U
    vendor: LENOVO
    version: ThinkPad W510
    width: 64 bits
    capabilities: smbios-2.6 dmi-2.6 smp vsyscall32
    
    description: Motherboard
    product: 438924U
    vendor: LENOVO
    physical id: 0
    version: Not Available
    
    description: BIOS
    vendor: LENOVO
    physical id: 0
    version: 6NET84WW (1.45 )
    date: 10/03/2012
    size: 128KiB
    capacity: 8128KiB
    capabilities: pci pcmcia pnp upgrade shadowing escd cdboot bootselect edd int13floppy720 int5printscreen int9keyboard int14serial int17printer int10video acpi usb biosbootspecification
    
    description: CPU
    product: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU       Q 820  @ 1.73GHz
    vendor: Intel Corp.
    physical id: 6
    bus info: cpu@0
    version: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU       Q 820  @ 1.73GHz
    slot: None
    size: 1196MHz
    capacity: 1734MHz
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 133MHz
    capabilities: fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp x86-64 constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc cpuid aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid dtherm ida cpufreq
    configuration: cores=4 enabledcores=4 threads=8
    
    *-memory
    description: System Memory
    physical id: 2c
    slot: System board or motherboard
    size: 12GiB
    *-bank:0
    description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
    product: HMT351S6CFR8C-PB
    vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
    physical id: 0
    serial: 3188806E
    slot: DIMM 1
    size: 4GiB
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
    *-bank:1
    description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1600 MHz (0.6 ns)
    product: HMT451S6AFR8C-PB
    vendor: Hynix Semiconductor (Hyundai Electronics)
    physical id: 1
    serial: 0126E22E
    slot: DIMM 2
    size: 4GiB
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 1600MHz (0.6ns)
    *-bank:2
    description: SODIMM DDR3 Synchronous 1334 MHz (0.7 ns)
    product: M471B5273CH0-CH9
    vendor: Samsung
    physical id: 2
    serial: 45AD7CA4
    slot: DIMM 3
    size: 4GiB
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 1334MHz (0.7ns)
    *-bank:3
    description: SODIMM Synchronous [empty]
    physical id: 3
    slot: DIMM 4
    
    *-display
    description: VGA compatible controller
    product: GT216GLM [Quadro FX 880M]
    vendor: NVIDIA Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: a2
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vga_controller bus_master cap_list rom
    configuration: driver=nouveau latency=0
    I have changed SWAPINESS to 0 as I have ample memory but that is all I have done so far. Any suggestions or links will be helpful as most of the information I have found so far online is out dated and this is the 3rd install I have done of the operating system.

    Kind regards

    Killerspe

  2. #2
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    What do you mean slow? I own a Lenova Thinkpad 32bit that I boot Kali with just for practice and it works off the bat. If you mean you want the programs in Kali to work faster or Kali itself is slow?

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    Kali boot is great but once I get into the OS it starts to slow down. Please know that I am new to Linux and Kali more so I did run Ubuntu on this laptop before but it didn't have the utilities I required for my project and a lad in class said to load Kali. For an instance if I open Firefox it and search web page while I have terminal open I keep getting a web page not responding message also the system hangs periodically the mouse works you can see the curser moving but you can't click on anything on the home screen, thankfully that is few and far between.

    I looked for information online and have installed this OS 3 times now due some of the how too guides either making my screen completely blank ( I read somewhere that I needed to install Nvidia drivers for my GPU ) etc etc. I am guessing I made rookie mistake. For the record I am a first year network management student and using the system to test a project I am building for class.

  4. #4
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    Might be your RAM. Looks like whom ever you bought it from tried to upgrade the memory. Because from what I can tell you laptop is only 16gb ddr3 max. But only ships out of box with 4gb you have 12gb. Sometime you need to configure your bios to reconize extra RAM. Look at LENOVA for bios upgrade. Not really a Kali thing.

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