RAM issue- Dell e2100 desktop
I'm running Ubuntu 10.10 on a Dell e2100 desktop (the media model I believe). 1 GB RAM, 2.2 intel celeron processor. I can provide more if needed.
Anytime I do anything (browse internet, open files, etc.) the CPU monitor on the panel shoots up to 100% it is also somewhat slow. Manageable, but slow. I don't know why my RAM is being eaten up like this. The monitor shows typical processes running, and whatever is running will take up most of the memory.
Now, I've ran a 128mb ram emachines for XP years ago and even that wasn't as bad as this, so I do not believe "low ram" is the issue. Neither for the processor. For simply moving around the computer, it should not need the entire gig.
I've tried Xubuntu to see if a lower end linux install would matter- maybe linux was taking up too much? But no, same issue, no difference.
My main problem is that I bought this from a friend for simple use, like browsing internet and playing older games like Doom and Quake. Problem is, Quake runs at about one frame every minute and Doom is choppy. Now, if my computer can't run Doom correctly...there must be an issue. Maybe problems with all of the parts being unable to communicate with each other fully?
I'm looking into talking to who I bought it from, but he only creates computers and messes with Windows, not too much at all with Linux.
Any help would be appreciated, for the price I got it I'd like to keep it rather than sell it back and buy another for more. Thanks