Running Slow - fresh install

So let me start of with i am relatively novice with Linux, Ive had other distros before but i like how manjaro feels and im trying to get settled in, but at times it feels very sluggish i was downloading a game (steam) and had to pause that for it to let me do something else any help would be appreciated here is the inix -Fza results as ive seen in other posts on here people were told to post it so hopefully it will help some.

  Kernel: 5.15.7-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 11.1.0
    parameters: BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/vmlinuz-5.15-x86_64
    root=UUID=47477e23-dcb1-4c71-b9ab-67307916abca rw quiet
  Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.23.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM
    Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux
  Type: Desktop Mobo: MICRO-STAR model: 880GM-E43 (MS-7596) v: 1.3
    serial: <superuser required> BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2.12
    date: 02/18/2011
  Info: model: AMD Phenom II X4 955 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: K10
    family: 0x10 (16) model-id: 4 stepping: 3 microcode: 0x10000C8
  Topology: cpus: 1x cores: 4 smt: <unsupported> cache: L1: 512 KiB
    desc: d-4x64 KiB; i-4x64 KiB L2: 2 MiB desc: 4x512 KiB L3: 6 MiB
    desc: 1x6 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 800 min/max: 800/3200 boost: disabled scaling:
    driver: acpi-cpufreq governor: schedutil cores: 1: 800 2: 800 3: 800 4: 800
    bogomips: 25611
  Flags: ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4a svm
  Type: itlb_multihit status: Not affected
  Type: l1tf status: Not affected
  Type: mds status: Not affected
  Type: meltdown status: Not affected
  Type: spec_store_bypass status: Not affected
  Type: spectre_v1
    mitigation: usercopy/swapgs barriers and __user pointer sanitization
  Type: spectre_v2
    mitigation: Full AMD retpoline, STIBP: disabled, RSB filling
  Type: srbds status: Not affected
  Type: tsx_async_abort status: Not affected
  Device-1: AMD Ellesmere [Radeon RX 470/480/570/570X/580/580X/590]
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: amdgpu v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.0
    chip-ID: 1002:67df class-ID: 0300
  Display: x11 server: compositor: kwin_x11 driver:
    loaded: amdgpu,ati unloaded: modesetting,radeon alternate: fbdev,vesa
    resolution: <missing: xdpyinfo>
  Message: Unable to show advanced data. Required tool glxinfo missing.
  Device-1: AMD SBx00 Azalia vendor: Micro-Star MSI 760GM-E51
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 00:14.2 chip-ID: 1002:4383
    class-ID: 0403
  Device-2: AMD Ellesmere HDMI Audio [Radeon RX 470/480 / 570/580/590]
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
    chip-ID: 1002:aaf0 class-ID: 0403
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.15.7-1-MANJARO running: yes
  Sound Server-2: JACK v: 1.9.19 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: yes
  Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.40 running: yes
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Micro-Star MSI driver: r8169 v: kernel port: e800 bus-ID: 02:00.0
    chip-ID: 10ec:8168 class-ID: 0200
  IF: enp2s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Local Storage: total: 689.33 GiB used: 21.34 GiB (3.1%)
  SMART Message: Unable to run smartctl. Root privileges required.
  ID-1: /dev/sda maj-min: 8:0 vendor: Western Digital
    model: WD5000AAKS-75V0A0 size: 465.76 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B
    logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s type: N/A serial: <filter> rev: 1D05
    scheme: MBR
  ID-2: /dev/sdb maj-min: 8:16 vendor: Intel model: SSDSC2BF240A4H
    size: 223.57 GiB block-size: physical: 512 B logical: 512 B speed: 3.0 Gb/s
    type: SSD serial: <filter> rev: LH6i scheme: MBR
  ID-1: / raw-size: 465.76 GiB size: 457.38 GiB (98.20%)
    used: 21.34 GiB (4.7%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 maj-min: 8:1
  Alert: No swap data was found.
  System Temperatures: cpu: 30.5 C mobo: N/A gpu: amdgpu temp: 52.0 C
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: amdgpu fan: 190
  Processes: 220 Uptime: 1h 41m wakeups: 0 Memory: 4.81 GiB
  used: 2.79 GiB (58.0%) Init: systemd v: 249 tool: systemctl Compilers:
  gcc: 11.1.0 Packages: pacman: 1202 lib: 393 Shell: Zsh v: 5.8 default: Bash
  v: 5.1.12 running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.11

Hi @Edopt, and welcome!

That CPU seems quite old and, I think, not powerful at all!

It would also seem you do not have a lot of memory. That, coupled with using KDE Plasma, which comes at the price of being quite resource-hungry for the excellent experience, might explain it. It might also not, I’m no expert, just giving my opinion.

Once again, I’m no expert and even less so when it comes to AMD GPUs. However, this looks like an older, less powerful GPU to me, which could certainly be a contributing factor to it. Especially with Steam.

In my opinion, you’d be better off with Lxde or Lxqt.

There is also SbK LXQt, SbK Cinnamon and many others that might work better for you.

Hope this helps some.


i think this sums it up pretty well, i do think, knowing my own hardware id believe that it is the ram i did not know KDE Plasma was as resource hungry as it is. ram upgrade definitely planned as its not only not alot it is also mismatched.

That’s the price for the smooth, painless and beautiful experience. Yes, I know it’s improved a lot recently, some say even to thee point where it is lighter on resources than Xfce.

That may very well be so, but that only means Xfce would perform even worse.

In my opinion your best bet is one of the more lightweight desktop environments I’ve mentioned above. Specifically Lxqt, keeping with the KDE/Qt route…

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It would certainly also be advisable to set up a swap space.


I would recommend the LXQt release. Its my main desktop and a good spin. I have ancient hardware as well, a FX4330, with 6gb ram and a 650ti and it runs quite well with it.

Like @Piscatorius said, set.up swap. 4gb really isn’t enough theses days, create a swap file and it should make a difference

Can you please post the Output of

grep -E '^model name|^cpu MHz' /proc/cpuinfo

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