I have a strange problem.
Until about 2 days ago (when I installed E17) everything was working fine. But now when my laptop is plugged in it slows down to a crawl. CPU usage goes up 50% (mainly by X) and overall the system is very sluggish, firefox takes forever to come up. I can type away and the letters take 2-3 seconds to materialize on the screen and so on.
Now if I unplug it, meaning let the laptop work on battery power then everything returns to normal, or rather to the state before this problem materialized. CPU usage goes down to about 14% with firefox, kopete and some other minor stuff going on.
Now this adapter is a "generic" one. Its not HP branded. I'm using a HP TC4400 tablet. With 3 gigs of ram. I also have another 2 gigs of swap, but I'm sure that's immaterial, on my worst day I've never used any swap space.
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T5600 (1.83 GHz, 667 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 cache)
Mobile Intel® 945GM Express
3 GB 667 MHz DDR2 SDRAM
500 GB 5400 rpm SATA
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950
I'm at a loss here folks. I'm almost ready to throw in the towel and do a reformat of the computer to see if things return to normal. Throw me some ideas here please. Thanks.