Downgrade Version

Hi guys! Most likely due to my old notebook (2015 or 2016), this version of Fedora is performing less well, even than Windows 10, which I also use in dual boot. So I’m sure that, if I downgrade to version 31, that should fix it. What are the commands for that?

Acer ES 15 notebook, Ram 4 GB, i5 processor, Sandisk SSD.

You can usually downgrade a package or two, but there’s no good way to go backwards that far. You’d have to reinstall.

But, I think you are going on the logic that each new version is more bloated and requires faster and better machines. That’s not actually the case. In fact, we’ve done some things in newer versions which should have a significant performance benefit on a system like that. And things like graphics drivers are just going to get better, not worse.

Can you tell us more about the specific performance problems you are seeing? Are you using Fedora Workstation? You might find something like Xfce to be a bit more lightweight.

Also, something to think about: the obvious bottleneck on that system is RAM. A quick search suggests that at least some versions of the Acer ES 15 can be upgraded to up to 16GB, which would make a enormous difference and looks like it’d cost less than $100. No matter what the operating system, web browsers these days are very hungry, so even going to 8 or 12 would be a noticeable improvement.

Well, use Fedora 33 Workstation, and In the overall execution of the system, its performance is excellent. However, when I run YouTube, both on Firefox and Chrome (on this performance improves a little), that’s when it suffers, and is even slower than on Edge on Windows 10.

So from what you put, if I put version 34, there is no performance loss, considering that all the components of the computer are good? I even tested this beta version a little bit, using a 5400 rpm HD connected to the USB port, and even though the system is suffering due to this running condition, I believe that its performance will not be much better, if I install it on the SSD, that is on a SATA port on the board.

You mentioned youtube very slow on firefox and chrome, and are slower than (old?) Edge on Windows 10:

However, when I run YouTube, both on Firefox and Chrome (on this performance improves a little), that’s when it suffers, and is even slower than on Edge on Windows 10.

so I guess video playing is the bottleneck here. I am not sure what generation your ‘i5’ cpu is, but if is 6th and later (something like i5-6200U and better) then it should be sufficient.

A quick search for your laptop model suggests that your computer only have an NVIDIA graphics card (NVIDIA GeForce MX150), and doesn’t have an intel integrated graphics card. Is this correct? If it is the case then you would have to install the proprietary NVIDIA driver for better performance. See rpmfusion (a 3rd party repository for fedora) for details: Howto/NVIDIA - RPM Fusion

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Taking into account the latest version Edge.

That, the processor is the 6200U, and the video card is the integrated Intel HD graphics 520.

Do you watch 4K videos? As I know youtube pick VP9 codec on 4K videos.
VP9 codecs are known to be much more resouce intensive than H264.
Firefox doesn’t handle VP9 hardware accelerartion very well. On my laptop (AMD Ryzen 7 4800U) firefox performed even worse when forcing firefox to use hardware acceleration.

No. At most in 1080p. The vast majority of the videos I watch are played at resolutions between 360p and 720p.

Pretty weird. Video playing for 1080p and lower should be pretty quick with recent intel/amd processors, plus intel/amd gpu kernel drivers are known to work well, plus fedora ships openh264 by default, so no need to install more h264 plugins in firefox. My first guess is probably wrong, the bottleneck is not about video playing.

lately i am finding the performance good, just a little bit lower than windows 10, in relation to youtube, both in the loading of the pages, as in the advancement of excerpts of the videos through the previews (when the mouse cursor is placed on the progress from the video)

I realized that at various times, the mouse cursor from nothing loses speed. That’s what bothers me the most!