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How to turn OFF Translucent Selection Rectangle in the Windows Explorer (Windows 7)

This is Windows 7. In System properties -> Performance options -> Adjust for best performance It makes what I want only for the Desktop if I go into folder and try to select the files the ...
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Ubuntu Linux running VirtualBox with Windows 7 as a guest OS

I have a Dell Precision 490 workstation computer which I installed the latest version of Ubuntu Linux on. It has 8GB RAM, and Dual Xenon CPUs, so a total of four cores. The problem is I give my VM ...
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CCleaner, is it just FUD?

Is there really any need for software like CCleaner? I really can't see how cleaning a few bits here and there and the registry and deleting temp files that will be back again in a few days help ...
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Two hard drives: same specs, different speeds. Need to find the configuration issue

I have two nodes (with 3 dedicated data drives each) that are showing drastically different write speeds. Their 'hdparm' output looks identical and their 'hdparm -t -T' output is comparable but ...
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GPU running underclocked / under normal speed?

I have tried to overclock my card. Seemingly it worked, and the GPU-z shows the OC speed (see GPU3.png). However, current readings are REALLY far from the normal speed of the GPU. That's what I can't ...
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Linux swap position on hdd

As far as I know hard drives are faster at the beginning of the disk. If this is true, why does Ubuntu put the swap partition to the back of the disk by default?
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How to test PC performance before and after “cleaning up” the PC?

There's another post about measuring performance but at least one solution I looked at (NovaBench) measures pure performance of the hardware. (I.e., disk read/write performance, rather than the actual ...
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Measure Windows bootup performance [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Slow startup on Windows 7 Home Premium laptop I'm running Windows 7 Home Premium on a 2 GB RAM netbook. The Windows startup performance, and when coming out of ...
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How to change the performance index of the hard disk

I would like to know how to change the performance index of the hard disk and why it remains at 5.9.
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Optimum Swappiness for a Linux System

I have a 64-Bit Linux PC with 4 GB of RAM. How can I find the optimum value of swappiness (/proc/sys/vm/swappiness) to be set? The default is 60 and I don't think it works best for everyone. I am ...
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Optimize OS X for performance of single app?

I'm going to be using my computer to run an real-time video display application at an event. This application is processor intensive, and runs well, except for occasional stutters. I'm thinking the ...
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How can I optimize Mac OS X network log in time?

I'm running an Open Directory server (Mac OS 10.6.7 Server) and a bunch of Mac clients (Mac OS 10.6.7). On the clients, logging in to a local account is fast (less than 10 seconds between pressing ...
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How do I decide where to place my AP in order to minimize interference?

We have an AP and I'm wondering if we can reduce interference by moving the AP to another place. I know that other APs can interfere and I've set the router to use channels that are more free. But ...
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Measure system performance across a group of laptops

I'm working with members of our IT staff to help upgrade a lot of our laptops for web developers. We all do the same type of work but have slightly different laptops. Most of us have Lenovo T61-series ...
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How to tune MySQL for restoration from MySQL dump?

My little 5GB database which takes 5 minutes to dump via mysqldump, takes 9 hours to restore. Luckily I found this out during a test-run, not an actual emergency situation. What are the best ...
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What could cause a computer to slow down over time?

I have an application/game that ran smoothly a few months ago but lately I've realized it runs more sluggish than usual (the frames per second get quite low). I thought maybe something I installed is ...
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Speed Up Hardware Post by Disabling Features

In my Mobo settings I have the following OnChip IDE Channel10 [Enabled] Primary Master PIO [Auto] Primary Slave PIO [Auto] Primary Master UDMA [Auto] Primary Slave UDMA [Auto] IDE DMA ...
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How to improve the rendering speed with i7 -950 machine and Ge force GTX460

I have a i7- 950, with Geforce GTX460 Graphic Card. Its a 1 GB Card. we use 3dsmax for rendering the various scenes. each frame is taking around 11 minutes. when the grpahics card is changed to GE ...
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Profiling your windows operating system

I am boggled when I click on an application in windows and have to wait 10 seconds for it to respond. I wonder "you can run 16 billion instructions a second, what are you doing that keeps you from ...
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How can I “tune-up” a somewhat 'crusty' Mac OSX 10.5 / Leopard Machine?

I recently inherited a pretty decent machine running Leopard. I'm kind of a Mac noob. This machine is (and has been) used by a small non-profit media team for editing video/media and such. It seems ...