Fix Ubuntu 10.10 Slowness

Some people have been reporting problems with Ubuntu 10.10 being sluggish, slow, and worse. This is not the first update from Ubuntu to have such a result, but don’t worry because there is hope!

The odds are your problem is due to a conflict with the Kernel that is released with Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Upgrading the Kernel – Problems??

So why not try updating to the latest Kernel? The problem is that Kernel you likely need isn’t going to be available using the usual Ubuntu update methods (i.e. Update Manager, Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic, or even Apt/Aptitude).

Why So Difficult??

The challenge is that Ubuntu releases new versions with the latest available Kernel at the time of the release (well, for the most part anyway). As a result, the kernel you have (and is possibly causing you grief) is in fact the “latest” kernel for your system…

So What Are You Talking About Man?!

Well to fix your problem you are going to get the latest Release Candidate (or RC) Kernel. Don’t be scared, you will be keeping your default kernel so if there were ever a problem you could just boot up with that…

Let’s Do This!

OK the fastest and easiest way to do this is using your Terminal (of course). Go ahead and open it up (Applications->Accessories->Terminal or alternatively by pressing Alt+F2, but stick with the former option if you are uncomfortable going GUI-less).

Enter the following commands in your terminal to download the kernel parts you will need and then install them: (Please Note: you need to pick amd64 if you are running 64bit Ubuntu, otherwise pick the i386)

For 64-bit use this:


sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.36-020636rc7_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.36-020636rc7-generic_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.36-020636rc7-generic_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_amd64.deb

For 32-bit use this:


sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.36-020636rc7_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_all.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-2.6.36-020636rc7-generic_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_i386.deb
sudo dpkg -i linux-image-2.6.36-020636rc7-generic_2.6.36-020636rc7.201010070908_i386.deb

All Done!

If all goes according to plan you should be able to restart your computer and boot up with the new RC Kernel. Hopefully this fixes your problem. If it does not fix your problem, let me know and I’ll see if I can help. Or try the Ubuntu Forums.


Alex is a professional web and mobile developer. He loves spending time with his wife and kids, and is still very much a kid at heart. He enjoys reading comic books, watching TV/Movies, playing video games, playing with action figures and Legos.

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