linux mint lagging.. keeps lagging.


hii, linux mint keep lagging.. each time it freezes like for 5 sec to 12 sec, then it frees 1 to 2 secs, then freezes several seconds.. keeps happening.
may i know how to troubleshoot the problem ?

$ inxi -v6
Kernel: 5.3.0-42-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 
  Desktop: Cinnamon 4.4.8 wm: muffin dm: LightDM Distro: Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 
  base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic 
  Type: Laptop System: HP product: HP Laptop 15-da0xxx v: Type1ProductConfigId 
  serial: <root required> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <root required> 
  Mobo: HP model: 84AA v: 82.22 serial: <root required> UEFI [Legacy]: Insyde 
  v: F.04 date: 08/02/2018 
  RAM: total: 3.68 GiB used: 2.60 GiB (70.6%) 
  RAM Report: permissions: Unable to run dmidecode. Root privileges required. 
  Topology: Dual Core model: Intel Celeron N4000 bits: 64 type: MCP 
  arch: Goldmont Plus rev: 1 L2 cache: 4096 KiB 
  flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 4377 
  Speed: 806 MHz min/max: 800/2600 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 1005 2: 1268 
  Device-1: Intel vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: i915 v: kernel 
  bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:3185 
  Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.5 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa 
  compositor: muffin resolution: 1366x768~60Hz 
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel UHD Graphics 600 (Geminilake 2x6) 
  v: 4.5 Mesa 19.2.8 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes 
  Device-1: Intel vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
  bus ID: 00:0e.0 chip ID: 8086:3198 
  Sound Server: ALSA v: k5.3.0-42-generic 
  Device-1: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet 
  vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 2000 bus ID: 01:00.0 
  chip ID: 10ec:8168 
  IF: eno1 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: e4:e7:49:61:df:40 
  Device-2: Realtek vendor: Hewlett-Packard driver: N/A port: 1000 
  bus ID: 02:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:d723 
  Local Storage: total: 961.33 GiB used: 41.95 GiB (4.4%) 
  ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LX015-1U7172 size: 931.51 GiB 
  speed: 6.0 Gb/s serial: ZDEFVL9Q 
  Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found. 
  ID-1: / size: 36.42 GiB used: 8.61 GiB (23.6%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda2 
  label: N/A uuid: db30d0c2-8228-4559-a3bd-316671a0cb52 
  ID-2: /boot size: 951.8 MiB used: 165.0 MiB (17.3%) fs: ext2 dev: /dev/sda6 
  label: N/A uuid: c7c685b7-3a6a-4fd0-b0ca-7929f5520481 
  ID-3: /home size: 870.86 GiB used: 20.79 GiB (2.4%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda4 
  label: N/A uuid: a79b8760-a4bc-4bda-b0cb-626a6f792970 
  ID-4: /media/xuna/winboot7 size: 29.80 GiB used: 11.84 GiB (39.7%) fs: vfat 
  dev: /dev/sdb1 label: winboot7 uuid: 356F-0B35 
  ID-5: swap-1 size: 7.54 GiB used: 573.9 MiB (7.4%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda3 
  label: N/A uuid: 2fd0d4d1-739c-4324-abb6-65070e3f60ce 
  ID-1: /dev/sda1 size: 9.0 MiB fs: <root required> label: N/A uuid: N/A 
  Hub: 1-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 9 rev: 2.0 
  chip ID: 1d6b:0002 
  Device-1: 1-2:2 info: SanDisk type: Mass Storage driver: usb-storage rev: 2.0 
  chip ID: 0781:5566 
  Device-2: 1-3:6 info: Logitech M90/M100 Optical Mouse type: Mouse 
  driver: hid-generic,usbhid rev: 2.0 chip ID: 046d:c05a 
  Device-3: 1-4:4 info: Realtek type: Bluetooth driver: btusb rev: 1.1 
  chip ID: 0bda:b009 
  Device-4: 1-5:5 info: Lite-On type: Video driver: uvcvideo rev: 2.0 
  chip ID: 04ca:707d 
  Hub: 2-0:1 info: Full speed (or root) Hub ports: 7 rev: 3.0 
  chip ID: 1d6b:0003 
  Processes: 207 Uptime: 2d 3h 53m Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: 
  gcc: 7.5.0 alt: 7 clang: 6.0.0-1ubuntu2 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 
  running in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.0.32


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Something is eating up a lot of memory 70% (2.60GB) and you only have 3.68GB of memory.

Open the task manager or htop or system monitor and see what's loading down the memory.

You're using Linux Mint 19.3 Cinnamon and Cinnamon desktop is Gnome 3 base and is resource demanding so that alone could be a problem.


New Member
Distro hop. You have an older celeron with only 4 gig ram. Order more ram used from ebay or aliexpress. For you ideal would be xubuntu 18 lts. Xfce with lightdm is perfect..

Also, I’m assuming you have garbage rescue laptop, check your hdd, preferably with windows.


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Run gsmartcontrol against that drive to see how old it really is. Chances are very good, it is trying to tell you already, it's tired, and is ready to be used as target practice. But, then again it may be a wayward app, so run htop also and see what pops up near the top of the running list when it starts to lag.

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