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Ok, so, a few quick questions....

1. Im using a Acer laptop (AMD Dual-core/ATI HD4xxx) and I was wondering if I need to do any type of "optimization" to ubuntu to make it... "work" out of the box? What i mean by "work" is not stutter as often (takes 3-5 seconds to open a browser). Im just starting with linux.... and am unsure of where to start.

2. I assume this question would be related to #1, but thought Id see... I play minecraft, and i KNOW one should never compare windows and linux side by side.... Its not a graphics issue is it? Can it be fixed with the processor "optomizations"?

3. Also, I was wondering If it was possible to make a restore partition so that if i manage to mess up my linux (Its bound to happen ), I can just select restore at the grub menu and it goes to... like a live cd image.

So.... thats what I have at the moment.. Aside from themes and what not. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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#1 ATi video is not a shoe-in so besure to read some of the threads on how to install the accelerated driver for your chipset.

#2 I play Minecraft too and even also have a Minecraft server (with way too many mods ) all on Linux boxen and they run better in Linux than in Windows. I suspect you have it right that it is associated with #1 since performance goes up dramatically with proper video drivers. Since Minecraft is Java I'd be sure to get the latest available.

#3 I'm pretty sure that Ubuntu has more than one sort of restore option. I only use it rarely so I can't recall beyond the "boot to maintenance" option. I simply tar.gz my Home directory (which is on a separate partition anyway) since that's where 90% of what I'd hate to do over resides.

Hope this helps some
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I thought most of the performance of Minecraft was on the CPU? Maybe im wrong... But thank you for the heads up. I thought I had the correct version of drivers from ATI installed... But i will have to check..
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It is possible that ur right on base Minecraft. I can't remember since I've had Photo Realism for so long. Instead of 8 x 8 it's 256 x 256 and with weather added it sure seems to hit my old 8800GTS pretty hard.

I work in computers and have for a long time and some things still seem arcane and one of them is that accelerated video drivers seem to make a huge difference even on very basic operations that are supposed to be essentially CPU intensive. I've read many explanations and theories as to why this is, but all I know in my bones is that you can feel it and really that's what it's all about, right?

Since you didn't state what driver ur using I only mentioned it as a part of a checklist. If you already have AMD/ATi's driver then mark that one off.

The other thing worthy of mention about a "one size suits all" distro like Ubuntu is to look at running services and turn off what you don't use/need. This usually simplifies and improves all that you do need. The learning process of what you need and what you don't need is worthwhile for many reasons.

Bottom line - Your PC should not feel slow even with as deep an app as Firefox has become. Certainly Minecraft should run better by well over 15% than in Windows. There are games that run worse on Linux than Windows, if at all, but Minecraft is not one of them.
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1. Im using a Acer laptop (AMD Dual-core/ATI HD4xxx) and I was wondering if I need to do any type of "optimization" to ubuntu to make it... "work" out of the box? What i mean by "work" is not stutter as often (takes 3-5 seconds to open a browser). Im just starting with linux.... and am unsure of where to start.
It will generally work out of the box. However, if you want it to run faster, you can disable desktop composting (it layers the desktop and adds transparency) or if you want something even lighter, run a lighter desktop environment/window manager. For example, don't use Unity or KDE, and instead use something like Gnome 2, XFCE, LXDE, or Openbox.
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2. I assume this question would be related to #1, but thought Id see... I play minecraft, and i KNOW one should never compare windows and linux side by side.... Its not a graphics issue is it? Can it be fixed with the processor "optomizations"?
Minecraft runs well on Linux. Just make sure to install JRE (proprietary java runtime enviroment) and NOT openjdk. I've been able to run with the 256x256 texture pack on full screen, and it runs pretty smooth. But minecraft in general runs worse than it should on both operating systems.
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3. Also, I was wondering If it was possible to make a restore partition so that if i manage to mess up my linux (Its bound to happen ), I can just select restore at the grub menu and it goes to... like a live cd image.
Ubuntu has a "fallback" option already, so it isn't really necesary unless you edit a major system file like the fstab. But you could just install it again on a smaller partition, and there you have your backup.
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Ubuntu has a "fallback" option already
Can you go a little bit more into this? Id like to have the option of fixing my messes, as-is, ive already reinstalled ubuntu twice today for messing up compiz... and not knowing how to fix it. Lol.
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Can you go a little bit more into this? Id like to have the option of fixing my messes, as-is, ive already reinstalled ubuntu twice today for messing up compiz... and not knowing how to fix it. Lol.
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RecoveryMode
Whenever I had installed Ubuntu, it would have "Recovery Mode" in the GRUB loader. If I had a problem (especially if its graphics related) I would just boot up the recovery mode and fix whatever I had undone. With that said, if you do something major, there's a possibility that neither the normal boot nor the recovery boot might work.

Then again, it wouldn't be difficult to just have the grub menu point to a liveCD image. You can make a partition the size of the CD, then use the dd command to write the image to the partition:
Code:
sudo dd if=/path/to/image of=/dev/sdX
Where sdX is the partition you made that you want the LiveCD to be. Remember, write to the partition and NOT the whole drive. For example, /dev/sda is a drive, but /dev/sda1 is a partition on the drive, /dev/sda.

Then run:
Code:
sudo update-grub
And there, I think it will have added the liveCD partition to your grub menu.

Also if something goes horribly wrong, like GRUB is wiped off, boot a real LiveCD and run:
Code:
sudo grub-install /dev/sdX
Where /dev/sdX is the drive, NOT the partition. For example, /dev/sda with no number in front of it.
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