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Can I measure PING time between two other computers?

I am investigating a perf issue in the field. Typically, there just isn't enough bandwidth for my app to be speedy. Typically the way it works, is that I ask to Terminal (via VNC or WebEx) into the ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad 400 beeps after installing 2x4GB RAM

I just bought 2 x 4GB RAM (Corsair Value Select 4GB DDR3 1066MHz CL7 SODIMM (CM3X4GSD1066)) for my Lenovo Thinkpad T400. I installed the RAM and I get beeps (1-3-3-1). Does anyone have any ...
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After a Factory Reset

I have just factory reset my computer. I'm still in a limbo of questions of programs and things that I should do to optimize my computer, to make it run better / more optimized. (Windows 7 64-bit Home ...
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VMWare Workstation split vs monolithic disk

After some reading of what's available on the internet it seems that all sources state that monolithic disks are faster, and the only advantage of split disk is portability/compatibility with file ...
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How to troubleshoot cyclically slow SSD writes (it's like a sine wave)

I recently built a machine from some older parts, including an Intel 80gb SSD and 5400 rpm hard drive. I installed Windows 10 Technical Preview and have observed decent performance overall, but when ...
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Cleaning up temp files in Mac OS X

My 4 months old Mac partition volume is losing space slowly and gradually. I am pretty sure there are a lot of orphaned temporary files laying around in the volume. I know where to find the obsoleted ...
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Why does my general frame rate slow down to 40fps randomly?

This has been bugging me for a while. Every once in a while, I find my computer to be sort of laggy and I thought it was because it was busy or something. However, I recently noticed that it wasn't ...
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Extremely slow internet speed after reinstall

I have recently had a hard drive failure so I was forced to reinstall my OS (Windows 7). After a fresh install, I noticed the internet speed became extremely slow (~15 minutes for downloading a 20MB ...
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Chrome is really slow on mac

I have Yosemite, 16GB Ram. Chrome started to work really laggy. You can feel the lag while scrolling a basic google search page. Till now I tried: Disable all extensions for incognito mode. But even ...
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Will a single VGA in a PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode) slot perform the same as in a PCIe 2.0 x16 one?

I have an ASUS P8P67-M REV 3.0 which has the following PCIe 2.0 slots: 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (blue) 1 x PCIe 2.0 x16 (x4 mode, black) I've just bought a new VGA (GTX 970), which is huge, and ...
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Performance with HHVM on Apache and nginx

I had a new Ubuntu server, and I want some opinions on the web server. I am developing with PHP, and stuck between Apache and nginx. I have used WAMP without problems, but in this case, I want to ...
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Any tip to improve Java desktop programs' UX [on hold]

Java-based Desktop programs are generally slow on start-up and laggy during run-time (e.g PhpStorm, …). Is there any way to enhance their performance?
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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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Why does my system show lots of memory being used when the total amount is way less than reported? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title makes sense but Windows reports 7GB of memory being used but when I check the task manager I don't anything close to this amount being used. Here is the pic where the apps ...
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HDD activity causes lag

Whenever there is activity on the main HDD, my PC starts to lag. Most noticeably, the audio starts to stutter and slow down, and the fps in games drops by over 50%. It gets worse as hard drive ...
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How can I troubleshoot poor wifi performance?

I recently installed a new Gateway combined modem/router from Comcast/Xfinity. Since then 3 of our devices (Macbook Pro, 2 iPads) connect fine but the other (3 year old HP laptop) exhibits the ...
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Unexplained RAM usage

I have had my MSI GT70-20C laptop for almost a year now but recently I have been having trouble with performance drops due to the over use of memory. This occurs when i start doing activity or even ...
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Optimizing JavaScript Files

When a JavaScript file is sent over an HTTP connection, the entire file is sent, and then the preprocessor on the clientside will deal with the rest? Therefore, would removing comments and whitespace ...
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BootCKCL.etl file size & Session “Circular Kernel Context Logger” stopped due to the following error: 0xC0000188

I have a few regular / re-occurring errors in my event viewer which seem to be linked to logging upon boot and shutdown. I am running Windows 8 x64 professional. Event ID 4: The maximum file ...
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ext4 vs btrfs performance on SSD array

I am observing something that I cannot explain. I am trying to come up with a good filesystem configuration using HP P420i controller and SSDs. Out of curiosity I have tried BTRFS (still unstable so I ...
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Why is different throughput using netperf?

I am using netperf on Windows OS, with two computers connected with cross-over cable. First PC is using a Realtek FE network controller, and second PC has a Realtek GBE controller. With the first PC ...
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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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What can I do to make my VPN connection faster?

I am using hideman as my VPN, however I found that my internet browsing speed was significantly degraded when I was using VPN. I used speedtest.net without VPN and I got 5Mbps, and when connected to ...
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Flash stream makes my internet slow and cpu rush

When I try to watch a live Flash stream, my CPU usage goes up to 75% and my Internet speed goes down. If I run a test before the video-stream, my speed is ~40/10Mbps and during the stream it drops to ...
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How can I produce high CPU load on a Linux server?

I’m currently in the process of debugging a Cacti installation and want to create CPU load to debug my CPU utilization graphs. I tried to simply run cat /dev/zero > /dev/null, which works great ...
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Performance of SSD w/ less RAM vs SATA w/ more RAM [closed]

Time to upgrade to a new development laptop. I'm trying to maximize performance which will include multiple virtual machines and android development. I believe there are 3 issues that will ...
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Is there a way to create “logical” monitors without sacrificing performance?

I'm in an odd situation, where it would be beneficial to be able to take a single 3840x1080 monitor and have Windows treat it as if it was actually two 1920x1080 monitors - one as the Windows ...
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Windows 8 extremely high disk usage and slow IO

Problem After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Professional, there seem to be a few disturbing problems. When I have the Task Manager open, I sometimes notice the disk usage climbing to 50, ...
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Low disk performance with Windows 8.1

I have a Dell XPS 15 (L502X) that have a Core i5-2450M, 6GB RAM and a 1TB WD 5400RPM HDD. This notebook Achilles' heel is the disk. It's slow and I understand that if I do stress it to much, it lends ...
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NVidia performance tab under control panel on windows 8.1

I see that I have usual problem with performance tab, but I don't find solution with windows 8.1. The problem is that after I install all NVidia drivers on "clean setup" mode I have NVidia control ...
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Where to put “VirtualBox VMs” folder and “iso” files for optimal performance

Just installed VirtualBox for the first time. The host is a Windows 7 OS machine with 8GB of RAM and i7 CPU. I bought an SSD drive (Samsung 840 EVO) specifically to have better performing VMs. My ...
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Annoying Fan noise vs slow down

I was in a situation where when I would scroll or navigate through Google Drive, there would be a slowdown while a fan that had been silent revved up. It would also keep me awake at night. So today I ...
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What factors would cause java based programs to load very slowly? [closed]

I am at a loss here. I am trying to help someone get on my Minecraft server. He is the only one having trouble and I am not able to find a reason why. Basically we have 8 people on this server and ...
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Do several installed fonts on a system affect system performance or boot time in Windows?

Earlier it was common to believe that many (never seen defined what many means) fonts will slow down windows. Is that still a valid issue on today's hardware with Windows Vista/7? There are some ...
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What is an XPerf alternative for Linux and Mac OS X?

XPerf is a tool that allows you to take a detailed trace of various system activity like CPU, I/O and more... Because of it's detail you can see stack trace counts, disk position offset graphs, ...
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Laptop starts to lag after some time [duplicate]

I've HP Pavilion 15 and It's been working all fine ever since i got it last October. It started to lag weirdly earlier today. When i open heavy applications or a game, mouse cursor starts lagging, ...
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Is “lag” just a part of Windows remote desktop? (“Can I work remote with nearly no lag?”)

I use Windows Remote Desktop to connect to my physical workstation at the office -- I remote connect from home where I have (conservatively) 16 Mbps Down and 6 Mbps Up. It's not that I experience ...
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How do I troubleshoot a Windows freeze or slowness?

A machine is described as being "really slow" or "freezing". How can I troubleshoot/resolve this issue? What should be the first steps to take?
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Slow internal disc to disc file transfer speed

I ran the HDTune drive monitor while I was transfering about 80 GB of various sized files, most of which was running about 40 MB/s, but you can see where it spiked down to under 1 MB/s. ...
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How can I produce high CPU load on Windows?

For testing purposes I need to generate high CPU load on a Windows Server 2003. I cannot install any software but have to make do with what Windows provides. What would be the best way to achieve ...
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HP Probook 4530s great specs, but lagging. Hard Drive?

I have this laptop, which has a i3 processor, 4gb memory, 7200rpm hard drive. So there is nothing wrong with the specs. Even when I have no applications open, simply closing and opening windows, ...
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Running Linpack on Linux High performance computer

I am trying to do some benchmarks on Linux HPC machine which specs are as following Total CPUs: 160 cores using latest 16C AMD Opteron Processors Total main memory: 640 GB of 1600MHz Total GPUs: 1024 ...
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Extreme FPS Drop in Counter Strike Global Offensive [migrated]

Please don't provide answers/suggestions on how I can improve/squeeze out more FPS. I want to know what caused the FPS drop and tearing. Thanks! Yesterday, I noticed a significant FPS drop ...
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Intel turbo boost falls back to default 2.4GHz just when it's needed most. How can this be resolved?

Intel Turbo Boost has my laptop running at 3300 MHz most of the time. My power settings are maxed out, so it stays there most of the time while I'm browsing the Internet and stuff, but once I run a ...
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Windows 7 very slow for web browsing- all browsers affected - what to check?

My wife has started to find her Windows 7 machine is running very slow for web browsing. This seems to have come on over the last few weeks, previously there wasn't a problem. It doesn't seem to be ...
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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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Big Excel File Freezing/Running Slowly

My co-worker has a very large Excel file (over 7 MB) that suffers from the problems of (A) running slowly (B) taking forever to open/save/close and (C) freezing the computer, requiring a restart. I ...
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What regulates Intel SpeedStep CPU throttling? Can I get some control of this on Windows7?

I’m trying to get a big virtual disk file compressed (using WinRar) before I go home today, but my CPU frequency keeps merrily going up and down between the nominal 2.8 GHz and a measly 800 MHz! The ...
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Windows 8.1 CPU utilisation never exceeds about 30%

I'm writing a C++ application using Visual Studio 2013. The application iterates through an image doing some complicated analysis. The analysis is not particularly slow, but in order to test code ...
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Why is my disk usage 100% on startup on a Lenovo Notebook E540 running Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit?

I have a Lenovo Notebook E540, with Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit and with each startup the system will be almost stopped for more than 15 mins. When I checked the task manager, I found out that my disk ...