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Why does unequal amounts of RAM in each slot decrease performance?

This page describes the RAM specifications for many of the MacBook laptops. In the section for my laptop (13" Pro Late 2011), it says: Additional Notes: For best performance, fill both memory ...
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Is possible to overclock a SSD?

Anyone already had tried to or knows if it is possible to implement in some way an overclock an SSD (or get the same benefits by tunning some parameter on an SSD)?
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Why is my browser using so much memory?

I've recently had problems with Firefox running very slowly when I have many tabs open; say 20 tabs. My whole system would slow down. I decided to give Google Chrome a try, and it started out fine. ...
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What is causing hard drive grinding?

My windows (XP) hard drive grinds a lot and it negatively affects the performance of other applications. I have plenty of RAM and have already verified that this hard drive activity is not page file ...
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Why do file copy operations in Linux get slower over time?

I have 12 ~200 MB files. Copying one of them to another drive takes 20 seconds. When I try to copy all of them at once, it first says it's going to take 5 minutes, then it keeps slowing down into the ...
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Over gigabit connection, Teracopy does 31MB/s, but Windows 8 does it at ~109MB per second?

I got my brain-melting first taste of Gigabit networking today, between my 2011 MacMini and Windows 8 Pro desktop connected via Cat.5e to Linksys WRT320N(sporting dd-WRT). After making sure that the ...
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Debugging Linux I/O latency

I'm having some I/O problems on a couple of Linux systems that I administer. They manifest in that processes often block for up to several seconds in such simple syscalls as open(), unlink() or close()...
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How can I speed up data transfer between local computers on a WiFi network?

I have a router with ADSL Pentagram Cerberus 6331-42. Is it normal to have transfer speeds between two computers of max 1MB/s (not 1 Mbit)? How can I set my router up to make it faster at transferring ...
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Why are there different clockspeeds and timings on RAM?

I don't consider myself a novice when it comes to building computers or computer hardware in general, but I've never taken the time to fully understand RAM. Can somebody tell me why there is a need ...
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Does downloading/copying files simultaneously promote fragmentation?

Does writing more than one file simultaneously to a hard drive partition promote fragmentation? Would these files be written interlaced on the hard drive? Examples: Downloading several files ...
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Linux: CPU core shutdown instead of sleep state

In Linux you can shut down CPU cores (or physical CPU's) with echo 0 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/online Assuming that the hardware fully turn off the CPU and cuts power to it would it not be better ...
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When should I activate the “launch folder windows in a separate process” option?

In folder options -> view, there's an option that's off by default called "Launch folder windows in a separate process". I'm on windows-7, but I know this capability has existed since at least windows ...
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How do I interpret the Memory numbers in Windows Task Manager?

Physical Memory Total Cached Available Free Kernel Memory Paged Nonpaged
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Poor gaming performance with hyper-v installed in windows 8

I am getting very poor gaming performance on my Windows 8 host OS with Hyper-V installed but no guest machines running. For example World of Tanks reports 60-70 FPS without Hyper-V installed and 4-14 ...
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Which windows XP services can I disable without major consequence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Windows services can I safely disable? I want to disable some Windows XP services to make PC run faster. I am not going to be using the PC for anything complex, but ...
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Does RAID1 increase performance with Linux mdadm?

I have a cheap 2-bay NAS with a 2TB HDD. To be robust against disk failure, I'm thinking of buying a second 2TB HDD and putting it in RAID1 with Linux mdadm. The file system is ext4. Will this ...
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Is it possible to use a server to play games?

I am curious on whether I could slap a high end video card into a server and use it as a high end gaming machine. The server is a HP DL360 G5 with x2 Intel Quad Core Xeon processors, 16 GB of RAM and ...
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Does Adblock slow down Firefox?

You might have heard of the Adblock extension that has a massive list of URL filters to block out adverts from most websites. Does this slow down Firefox, considering that for every little image and ...
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Speeding up Visual Studio 2008 with Resharper

Are there any good tips for speeding Visual Studio that are purely software based? I already have fast HDDs, a lot of RAM and a powerful CPU. Despite all this, VS2008 is slow. I use it mainly for C# ...
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In Windows 7, is there a way to know how much memory a service is using?

In windows 7, is there a way (by using common interface or a custom utility) to know how much memory a specific windows service is using ? It seems most services are hosted by svchost.exe processes (...
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Does a USB hub affect performance?

I have two devices I want maximum throughput and latency with (MIDI drums and MIDI keyboard for example.) Would connecting both to the same USB port via a hub effectively limit the maximum data ...
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Is it a good idea to have the operating system on a solid state drive?

There is something I don't quite understand. I know a SSD helps with OS load times, but I'm not sure if all this boost is only noticeable/interesting when booting, or gives an all around considerably ...
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How to get the most out of laptop battery life of a Windows PC?

I'm a big fan of portability and battery life. I want to take the most out of a single recharge. Any tips to accomplish that? Things on top of my mind: Voltage reduction (with RMClock, any better ...
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Is ext4 more expensive than ntfs?

I have just converted an NTFS partition to ext4, however the total space seems reduced from 421G to 415G. Where did the 6G go? And, the reserved space is grown to 199M in ext4, much larger compared to ...
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How to move a file from one location to another on the disk?

I want to move a specific file (for example a binary .exe) that occupies a specific low offset (physical position) on my HDD to a lower offset (external edge of my HDD). From what I know I can't do it ...
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Are SSDs worthwhile for software development? [closed]

I have a MacBook with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive. I write software for a living. I am contemplating getting an SSD Drive, but I am unsure about the performance. Do SSD drives really ...
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Any reason not to disable Windows kernel paging?

So I'm planning on eventually going to 2 GB (mobo max) RAM from 1 GB, and I want to disable kernel paging once I do, because I've heard it can give a performance boost (and that I believe). Any reason ...
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How to correctly partition usb flash drive and which filesystem to choose considering wear leveling?

Two problems. First one: how to partition the flash drive? I shouldn't need to do this, but I'm no longer sure if my partition is properly aligned since I was forced to delete and create a new ...
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netem for Mac OS X to emulate network latency and dropped packets

I'm looking for an open source/free network emulator tool that I could use on Mac OS X, to simulate a slow network connection, limited bandwidth and other network characteristics such as dropped ...
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Is (Ubuntu) Linux file copying algorithm better than Windows 7?

Windows Copying is a real mess ever since Windows Vista. Even Microsoft claims they've improved the performance, from a user perspective, it's not quite visible. Even with single file the copying ...
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Utility to optimally distribute files onto multiple DVDs?

I have a bunch of media files which I want to record to DVD, but since each DVD only fits 4.5GB, I have to find the optimal way to organize the files to use the minimum number of DVDs (otherwise the ...
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Google Chrome briefly hangs before rendering a new tab

Whenever I want to switch to a tab other than the one that is being rendered, Chrome hangs for about 2 seconds before rendering the new tab. This occurs whenever a new tab has to be showed, such as ...
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Very poor performance on GTX460, clock speed constantly high?

I'm running Windows 7 (64Bit) with GTX460 Nvidia graphics card. I used to get great performance on every single game I played, including latest titles such as Battlefield 3 and Tribes Ascend. I ...
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Performance of Multiple RAM Sticks Compared to Single Sticks

It's no secret that using two physical drives gives better performance than two partitions on the same physical drive; because there are two devices, they each have their own platters, head, caches, ...
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What does the percent CPU mean?

I am watching my CPU percent utilization by a process. How does a process use only 50% CPU? Doesn't a process use 100% then 0%, then 100%? Its not like every other instruction is a different program.
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Is there a way to know what program slow down startup?

Is there a program that can be installed to be able to know what program take time to load at startup of Windows?
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How can I analyze performance issues before/during the logon process?

How can I analyze a performance issue that happens before or during the logon process?
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Why does Firefox cause high-CPU-usage “spikes” every few seconds?

When I start Firefox, I have no problems for a while, but after a couple of days, CPU spikes start to occur. During a spike, Firefox freezes and then stops. Spikes occur every seven to ten seconds, ...
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New I7 CPU has very low Windows Experience Index

Two new laptops that contain an INTEL CORE I7-2920XM CPU have a Windows Experience Index score of 3.8. This laptop (a brand new Dell Precision 4600) responds very slow in various Office programs. ...
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RAM speed: How does it impact performance?

How important is RAM speed for computationally expensive tasks like gaming, video encoding, video editing, graphics software (Photoshop/Sketchup)?
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Service Host: Local system (network restricted) is thrashing hard disk

I am having windows 8.1 with update 1 installed and all release updates of windows till the date i am posting this questions. System is laptop, Core i3 with 6 GB RAM and 500GB hard disk. When ever i ...
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Should I split VMware virtual disk into multiple files or not?

I'm using VMware Workstation 12 to create Win7 virtual machine that I can use it on Linux for programs like Photoshop and After Effects. VMware is asking for this option to split virtual machine ...
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Performance difference between SD and MicroSD cards?

If you compare a MicroSD card with an advertised speed of 48 MB/S to a full size SD card with an advertised speed of 48 MB/S (from the same manufacturer), should their performances be identical? Or ...
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Why are apps so slow initially when switch to them, even though I have free RAM?

On my Windows 7 (64-bit) PC, when I have a few resource hungry programs going, and half a dozen others, when I switch to an app that I haven't used for a while, it takes a long time to respond and I ...
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Running a VM off a USB 2.0 Flash Drive - Mac/Parallels/XP

I use a MacBook Air as my primary machine, and the 128GB SSD means space is precious. To save about 10 GB, I've been running Parallels with a Windows XP VM off an external USB hard drive, which ...
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Is there any way to make Mac OS X Spotlight only index the file names and not the contents?

I do understand that the point of Spotlight is to look inside files, but it also returns file name matches, and that's what I need most of the time. Besides, Spotlight is running so absurdly slow on ...
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What's the typical performance of Windows File Sharing (SMB) on a gigabit ethernet network?

I've recently set up Windows file sharing over a gigabit ethernet network (I'm not using jumbo frames) with a Samba server and a Windows Vista client. I've done a few file copies, but the maximum ...
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Virtual Machine optimizers [closed]

I have read a discussion about musthave Windows software. User esabine addend a link to Scott Hanselman's tools list. One of the tools Scott was writing about was an optimizer tool for VM’s. - ...
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Compiling the Linux kernel

Just for the learning experience, I have recompiled the Linux kernel with different options, installed and booted from it. It was both instructive and straightforward. However, I was overwhelmed by ...
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What's the difference between 8 MB and 16 MB Cache on a hard drive?

I'm looking to replace a dead hard drive in an older notebook. The current (bad) hard drive is a Toshiba 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD with 16 MB cache. It's very difficult to find replacement ATA-100 notebook ...