Dell Dimension 4300 Desktop - wtf just happened?
Alright, this computer was given to me because a friend said it was "broken" - basically, Windows was slow as hell at the point he had it, he bought a new one, and told me to "have fun" with this Dell.
Well, I wiped it clean of Windows and installed Ubuntu on it. That was a good few months ago, btw - everything ran fine and smooth on it. I think he upgraded the RAM, or something, because I have around a gig of that, the CPU is decent, around 1.60GHz (or is it MHz?), a good video card. Everything ran great on it.
After a few months, I tried other distros, including Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and some others I can't quiet remember right now.
Fast forward to now. I have Xubuntu running (basically I'm a speed freak), decide to run Beryl, and everything seems to work. It goes on for a few days, nothing bad happens. Suddenly, the panels won't load on a boot up. I read up on the problem, and find out that Beryl is exactly as stable as it could be on a Gnome desktop.
For a while, I just run 'sudo aptitude install ubuntu-desktop' and get rid of the Xubuntu desktop setup. It's fine for a few days, but I just can't get the same feeling and speed out of the Gnome set up. So I throw my Xubuntu Fiesty Alternate cd in the DVD drive and... it can't read it?
What? A DVD drive can't read a normal CD, and I know it isn't a bad burn? I mean, it was the same CD I used to install Xubuntu before, so it shouldn't be a problem for it to read again, right?
Apparently, it is. So there is strike one - my DVD drive seems to be busted.
I go find my old (and I mean old) CD drive (ugh, only reads at 2x!), slap it inside the computer, and try to let it have a go. It reads successfully, and I decide to let it handle the installation - bad idea. That crap took about two days to finish.
Alright, here we are now, I'm on a laptop typing all this out to you. I will try to explain whats going on here... My OS is loading very slowly. This laptop, with only around 200MB of RAM and a 755MHz CPU can load faster than the desktop... I'm serious, the Dimension used to be able to load things up in a snap, but now it's taking more than thirty minutes to get past the "Starting up..." text at the start of the process.
That's strike two.
Strike three will be when I go batshit crazy and throw the thing out in my lawn and beat it with a hammer. What gives? Xubuntu should NEVER take this long to load, especially on a juiced up beast like this. I'm not sure what to do now. I have no money, so I can't just run down to the computer repair store, let alone buy a new computer... What should I do?