Hello! I’m new to Linux, and I’ve just made the transition from Windows to Manjaro a few days ago. It was working great at first, but now it’s really slow and laggy. I switched because I wanted better performance but it isn’t snappy like everyone told me it would be?
It’s a little weird because it’ll be really fast and buttery-smooth sometimes while doing heavy-duty tasks (e.g. Discord/Zoom calls + working on multiple tabs and windows of Google Chrome) but other times my laptop feels like it’s slaving away to do the simplest things. Just a while ago I was in a Zoom call for class, had a note-taking app called RemNote open, Spotify and Discord in the background, as well as a bunch of tabs on Chrome open (by a bunch I’m talking 50+ because of the research paper/s I had previously been working on) and everything was running fine. However, when I tried to open a Chrome window on a separate profile, it’s like everything fell apart. I exited out of Discord and Spotify because I thought it would help, but it was still so slow. I’ve restarted and rebooted, but ever since then Chrome has been significantly slower. A while ago I had all tasks closed and exited and only ran 1 tab on Chrome, and it was so laggy and slow despite being the only thing I was doing.
I’d switch browsers if it wasn’t required by my school. My university tracks my data on top of Google which is just great :>. It gets slower the more tabs I use, but also I’m a student, so I can’t escape that life.
Back when I used Windows, going on a call on Discord or Zoom and doing schoolwork with multiple (suspended) tabs on Chrome sucked like heck, and I thought Linux would do me better. I mean, it’s not worse, but it’s only marginally better than before. I just want to know if I can fix this and see better performance on Linux? It might have to do with my graphic drivers or BIOS, and I would gladly update them myself if I could find procedures more specific for my laptop. I guess I’m just scared I’d download the wrong thing (sorry, again, I’m a noob).