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Performance gains from secure-erasing an SSD?

Are there performance gains to be had by secure-erasing an SSD? (the secure-erase function, not securely zero'ing out data) I'm using an Intel 320 SSD 160GB as my main OS drive. It's been a couple ...
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RamMap “Empty standby list” drastically speeds up PC. Is there a better way to do this?

Many people are educated on how Windows Memory manager caching work by reading Microsoft white papers, etc. However, there are relatively few documents that describe real-world performance issues ...
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High I/O system hanging

I have a Fedora 20 box that i'm trying to import a massive amount of data in to postgres on (billions of rows). System spec: 16GB RAM, 6 core 3.2 ghz, 500GB RAID0 PCIe SSD Everytime I/O load gets ...
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Is there anyway to simulate Windows 8 running off a microSD card? (Limit the I/O speed)

I would like to install and boot Windows from a microSD card using the Nifty MiniDrive, however, before I pay for the device and microSD card I would like to see the performance differences between ...
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Windows 7 gets stuck with ~1% CPU. Especially with multithreading

Windows 7 32 bit, up to date, Intel i7 860. (For some reason the company runs 32bit Windows everywhere.) I tried to update all motherboard drivers etc. as far as possible. I have a performance issue ...
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TiWorker.exe - Very High CPU Usage

I have a laptop running Windows 8. Although it originally ran well, it started having very bad performance issues. I decided to perform some research into the topic. Opening up Task Manager, I ...
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High Disk I/O and CPU usage of System Process in “System Volume Information”

I've a problem with high disk IO and cpu usage from the system process. With the performance monitor I can see that it writes and reads about 100MB/s froM "System Volume Information". I tried to get ...
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Terrible multi-threaded performance in Kubuntu in VirtualBox in Debian machine

We have an unpleasant performance issue when running our multi-threaded rendering software inside a virtual machine. We are running Kubuntu 12.04 in a VirtualBox 4.0.10_Debianr72436 which runs ...
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How can I pin point a USB file transfer bottleneck in Unix?

I'm experiencing very slow data transfer speeds over USB 2.0 on my nix box and was wondering how I can pin-point the cause of the problem. I've looked into iotop and top but the cpu and mem figures ...
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Joining G+ Hangouts slows the mouse to a crawl

Using a dual-display setup on a quad-core, win 7 desktop computer, whenever I join a Google Plus hangout, my mouse slows considerably down. Problem persist even after closing all Chrome windows. ...
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How does one troubleshoot Windows hanging copying large files from external HDDs?

When I copy large file (for example over 4GB) from external WD MyBook USB 3.0 HDD to internal SATA2 HDD all of Windows just freezes. Copying files of any size on internal HDD is fine. Today I copied ...
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Gentoo LDFLAGS optimizations really needed?

I'm using Gentoo Linux. Here is my toolchain: sys-kernel/linux-headers-3.9 sys-devel/binutils-2.23.1 USE="cxx nls zlib -multislot -multitarget -static-libs {-test} -vanilla" ...
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A fast modern network filesystem to replace VirtualBox's shared folder emulation

My work code repository is stored in host Linux system, and is accessed from Windows guest; currently, guest can access the repo via 'shared folder' which looks like a samba emulation. But, it just ...
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Does Intel OpenCL implementation use both CPU and GPU?

recently I wrote several versions of the same program (generating Julia Sets - fractals pictures at size 17200x17200 pixels) to check the performance of a few different solutions. I wrote versions: ...
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Windows 8 Performance Tools recommendations: Undo “remove from list”

In the Windows 8 "Performance Information and Tools" Control Panel, there's an advanced section that shows detected performance issues. If you click on one, it opens a small dialog summarizing the ...
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Samsung 830 256GB ridiculously slow with SATA1

I'm well aware that my 6 years old laptop with it's SATA1 bus can't fully benefit the new Samsung 830 256GB SSD. It's OK if it's the bus that caps the transfer speeds. SATA1 is fast enough for me. I ...
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Windows 7 64-bit Random Slowdown when developing C/C++ Applications (any IDE or Compiler), Installing or Searching for WIndows Updates, etc

I originally posted this on stack overflow and realised that it was OT for there. I hope it is not an OT here as well. My problem first started when I was using an Open Source C/C++ Library called ...
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Low YouTube framerate while loading Windows 8 Firefox

I am getting terrible frame rates while trying to stream videos on YouTube, particularly HD and/or fullscreen ones, while using Firefox on Win8. However, once the video is fully buffered there does ...
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How do I cache slow webpages for longer?

I regularly access web pages which rarely change, but which load slowly. They are pages of notes on an internal company wiki (confluence). Is there a plugin for Chrome or Firefox which will allow me ...
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System Lags/Freezes when under high usage

I am not sure if its my GPU / Memory or Hard drive thats failing. For example if I'm running more than one instance of chrome and running an application that takes up a lot of resources, my system ...
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System Alerts are slow to draw

My PC is running pretty quickly and pretty responsively. The only one problem it seems to have is with system alerts (Message boxes, not tool-tips). Often, yet not always, they are slow to draw. The ...
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Computer lags an unreasonable amount after recent wipe and load; specs and details inside

Laptop specs: i7 Q720 @ 1.60GHz ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5800 Series (this is what device manager lists it at but it should be 5830 to be exact) 6 GB of RAM It's an HP Envy 15-1000se CTO, other specs ...
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How to align Linux disk partitions without data loss?

As you know, 512B sectors is still used in file systems of most current Linux distributions while the hardware, i.e. physical disks are typically made with 4K sectors. The misalignment of logical file ...
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Is Windows 7 on a SSD slower if I use Windows integrated mirroring?

Yesterday I configured Windows software mirroring for my SSD and one of my HDD, because I don't want to loose any data from the SSD. Now Windows seems to be much slower. Is mirroring in Windows 7 so ...
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Slow router page connection

I can log into my router using my router IP as expected. However, I get a very slow connection when I'm in the router management web interface. The internet connection is perfect, everything else ...
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Sudden severe performance Issues with Windows Home Server 2011

I have a Windows Home Server 2011 box with an Athlon 64 X2 dual processor, 6Gb RAm, and 4 2Tb disks configured as a couple of mirrored raid arrays. I use this box to run nightly backups of the 4 ...
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Incredibly slow response when reading from mounted shared network (windows share) drive within Java application

I wrote a Java application that checks and indexes huge archive files. When i test it on my local machine, everything is speedy and works like a charm. However, i need to process large quantities of ...
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How to avoid slow startup / OSX won't save spotlight index?

Lately I've been having issues with osx taking a CRAZY long time to start up. Every time it does start, I have this hunch that, considering how hard spotlight is working after startup, that it might ...
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Bluray Burner suddenly disappeared from Windows and very slow boot

Very fast computer with raid 0 SSD's used to boot very quickly, but recently I tried to burn a disc but couldn't find the drive anywhere, device manager, show hidden devices, disk management, NO where ...
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Sites with Google Maps slowing to a crawl

In Chrome (and, strangely, also in FireFox to a lesser extent) I'm having a problem with sites that use Google Maps: GMaps itself, Bikely, Strava etc. After a while, rendering of the map gets ...
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work with huge 15000 lines excel files containing formulas

We work on a huge excel file. it contains a sheet setting 22000 lines We use Excel 2011 on Mac and Windows on Intel i7 with 8Gb Ram. We have disabled the automatic computation of the file the file ...
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VMware server issues with page file and dynamic memory

I'm having significant issues on our dev server and since our systems support won't maintain it I'm trying to determine our issues. Right now we have 2 GB of memory, allocated dynamically by VMware ...
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When I do SCP of big files my Mac becomes very sluggish

Whenever I try to use SCP to upload files to my server, performance goes down. It slows down so much that I cannot even see the mouse pointer. I have a MacBook AIR i5, with 4GB of RAM. I don't see a ...
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CentOS VM is slow on Windows 7 64-bit

Setup/version numbers Guest OS: CentOS 6.0 64-bit (installed from LiveCD) RAM: 1 GB Processors: 1 Hard Disk: 20 GB Host System: Lenovo T410 OS: Windows 7 Professional, 64-bit (Build 7600) ...
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Why Windows Server (2008 R2) opens text file slower than Windows Desktop (XP)

I'm running several virtual machines (VMware workstation) on my physical PC (which is a Windows 2008 R2, Core i5 650 and 8 GB DDR3 RAM dual channel): 2x Windows Server 2008 R2 and 1x Windows XP 1st ...
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Windows 7 goes silent out of nowhere

I have a very annoying and weird problem. During run-time my sound disappears but the volume control shows that something is playing. I can't hear anything though. I noticed that all my media players ...
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Linux RHEL-W 6.1 laptop slows suddenly with fan running hard

I have an 8-core Linux laptop that's been working fine, but the last couple days of last week it started to suddenly run slowly. My project build takes about 8 times longer than normal. The fan will ...
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Why am I getting worse performance with the ATI Radeon HD 5570 than other people report?

I bought a computer a little while ago that has two ATI Radeon HD 5570's in it. First, my computer's specs: Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-880GA-UD3H AMD Phenom II X6 1055T 2.8GHz 8GB DDR3 1.333 Ghz RAM ...
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Laptop battery charge rate is very slow

My laptop battery charge rate is very slow. It charges between 50% - 100% in almost 4, 5 hours. Is it battery or charger problem? I have changed my laptop battery 4 months ago but the charger is 4 ...
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Slow internet on one computer (Ubuntu) but not the other (Windows 7)

I've been having a problem for the past week or so regarding my internet connection. I have a 10MB/s virginmedia broadband that's really fast when I'm the only one to use it (with an Linux machine). ...
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HD footage playback is slow on my computer

I have an MSI X58 Pro Bord with an i7 processor and 6 GB Kingston memory. My VGA card is ATI RADEON HD 5850 and I have 2 hard disks of 1 TB size. The Power supply is a 700W/80 plus goldkist. I run ...
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External HDD sometimes slows down MacBook Pro

I have an external HDD which I leave attached to my MacBook Pro for most of the time. Sometimes when the system is slow to response to a UI action, I notice that the MacBook is taking time to whir ...
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Applications crawl whenever they are on my third monitor

I have a third monitor that whenever I interact with any apps on it, everything crawls. The mouse moves slowly, apps redraw slowly, etc. It's driving me nuts as you can imagine. I'm running Windows 7 ...
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What is the best software to test disk IO in Windows 7?

Possible Duplicate: What files are accessed often? Hi any recommendations on some good free software to test disk IO in Windows 7? I will be running a dedicated SSD swap drive and also ...
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Slow Image serving (Windows7 Home + Atom CPU)

I am in the process of rolling out a touchscreen display system that uses Win 7 Home, IIS, SQL 2K8R2 Express all running on an Intel Atom platform. I am finding that images (served straight from disk ...
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Slow video performance with 4 monitors. What's the cause?

I recently installed another video card and added two more monitors to my work setup. Opening RDP windows and expanding the start menu cause the box to slow, mouse to jump and is a real productivity ...
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Slow USB Transfer Speeds (USB 2 & 3)

I recently purchased an Alienware 17 and I am extremely happy with it and the only issue I am having is the file transfer speeds to USB. My old computer (which has severely less processing power) ...
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Linux healthy number of major page faults

I have a Solr process which has mapped 100 GB into virtual memory. When I run a load test on the query side, I read from /proc/<pid>/stat that the process has between 200 and 500 page faults per ...
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Troubleshoot System Performance Problems

I am running Windows 8.1 PRO N on my Samsung Chronos Series 7 laptop http://www.samsung.com/us/computer/pcs/NP780Z5E-S01UB-specs It is a development machine, it has Visuals Studio 2013, SQL Server ...
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Graphic card performance

My graphic card runs fast and then slows down, and this is happening again and again. I can hear the sound of the fan running fast when it happens, less loudly when slowed down. The sound is like a ...