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Stutter while gaming every 3-4 seconds in Windows using MacBook Pro 2012 (MacBook 9.1) using Windows 7

I'm using Windows with Bootcamp on my Mid-2012 MacBook Pro (Here is the config). Recently when I play a game, I get frequent (and somewhat constant) stutter every 2-3 seconds, no matter if it's a 2D ...
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LSI SAS 2308 MPT2SAS Linux Read/Write performance

LSI SAS 2308-8e (6Gb/s per Lane) PCIe 3.0 card. Average Read/Write Raw performance for 4 SSDs is very low around 430 MB/s (Expected 2 GB/s).I am having Intel Core i3 with quad cores and 4 GB RAM. ...
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Poor write performance on ecryptfs

I did a bit of benchmarking with ecryptfs and dm-crypt, and got some interesting results. All the following were done with a Btrfs filesystem, using dd to copy a ~700MB file to/from a ramdisk with the ...
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Copying from WHS 2011 backup very slow

I'm setting up a new computer to replace one of my old ones, and part of doing so is extracting my Home folder from a backup I made just before wiping the old one. However, copying from the mounted ...
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Wrong total ram ( 8 GB installed, 4 appears and used in total )

I have this motherboard: GA-X38-DQ6 which can hold up to 8 GB of Ram. When I got this computer it had 4 memory sticks, 1 GB each, and everything was fine. Now, I have two sticks, 4 GB memory each: ...
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MIcro SD card gets slower after partial fullfillment

I have a micro SD card from Kingston - 32GB class 10 When i'm writing on it using usb card reader or my phone, average write speed is about 6MB/s But after about 10GB of data written into it, ...
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How to force the Linux kernel reclaiming cache memory rather than using swap?

I have a PostgreSQL-driven web service on two Debian servers, one a vhost running Linux kernel 3.2.0-2 with 2GB RAM and the other a dedicated server running Linux kernel 2.6.26-1 with 6 GB RAM. ...
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HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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Show dial up connection status in Task Manager

In Windows 8.1, Task Manager shows Wi-Fi, Disk, CPU usage graph in Performance tab. But, it doesn't shows usage of a dial up internet connection. How can I add dial up stats in task manager. Here are ...
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some programs running much slower after mscvrt runtime redistributable delete/reinstall

UPDATE: It appears that there may have been an unfortunate coincidence. It seems that right around the time I was doing these builds and deletions of redistributables, my laptop power adapter was ...
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USB Keyboard and Mouse slow to activate using docking station for Lenovo T430

I just recently upgraded to a T430. Happy with the laptop but one thing I find annoying is that when I use it through the docking station - it takes several minutes ie 3-5 for the USB keyboard and ...
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What desktop computer hardware specifications are most important for database heavy applications?

I am purchasing a new personal desktop computer with the hope of improving performance for database-heavy applications (mostly data mining). I will want versatile hardware for all sorts of future ...
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Windows 8.1 Process Migration Limits CPU frequency scaling

Summary: I've noticed that with Windows 8.1 on my laptop, running a single CPU intensive program does not cause the CPU frequency to scale to its maximum value. I suspect that this is because of ...
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Super slow SDD write speeds with RAID 1

I have a very new computer system, configured in RAID 1, but was surprised that the write speeds were extremely slow! Here is a snapshot of my computer setup: Motherboard: Asus Z9PE-D8 WS ...
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How much performance reduction is ok for a linux router?

I am having thew following (simplified) setup: I have a private Subnet where my PC is located. The subnet goes over a virtualized server into the internet. The server uses internally two subnets: One ...
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Problems with buffered disk read performance

I have two identical linux boxes (running ubuntu 13.4) with identical hardware including a WDC WD20EARS hard disk. I noticed that my main system got unsually slow and performed a number of HD tests. ...
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Buffalo Router WZR-HP-G450H slow and unstable

I bought a Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H router. Problem 8 device connected to it via wireless. When power it on, the connection speed is very fast, about 5MB/s while transfer files between a wired server ...
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Low bandwidth only on Windows XP

Hi I own really old PC and I've 10Mbps/1Mbps Plan. Internet is distibuted with router over whole house. The old PC uses 802.11b (up to 11Mbit/s download) Wifi card and has Windows XP+SP3 installed. ...
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nfsstat authrefrsh almost equal to calls

I mounted a dir from my server through nfs (v3) on my LAN and if I run nfsstat I get # nfsstat -rc Client rpc stats: calls retrans authrefrsh 2527772 0 2527782 Is this ...
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When tab groups are loaded, Firefox becomes unresponsible for minutes (Unresponsive script)

I have several tab groups (~ 20) in Firefox. I can start the browser without any problems. However, as soon as I … click at the "Group tabs" icon in the toolbar, or right-click on a tab and hover ...
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Improving Chrome performance on OSX

There are a number of sites that do not display properly on Safari and I need to switch to Chrome. Although when the content of the sites requires flash player, Chrome will consume a significant ...
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Microsoft Security Essentials: keep download scans but disable local activity scans

In Microsoft Security Essentials, I used to disable "Monitor file and program activity on your computer" but enable "Scan all downloads." Now, Microsoft Security Essentials (MSSE) 4.0 removed the ...
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Laptop is super slow on network

So on our network we have a bunch of wireless macs and window Operating laptops, we have a network setup with 802.11g,b,n. All the laptops seem fine except one which is only getting speeds of 54Mb. I ...
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Have anybody tested R multicore packages on 10-core Xeon how do they scale in comparison with case of 4 core machine?

Have anybody tested R multicore packages (for example : parallel, multicore, snowfall, foreach) on 10-core Xeon ? How do they scale in comparison with case of 4 core machine ? What algorith have you ...
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Can I disable Windows 7's indexing/scanning of dvd contents?

When I try to copy data from a DVD on my Windows 7 machine, I keep running into this problem. I open the DVD drive in windows explorer to browse the files, select the ones I wish to copy then paste ...
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Are there guidelines for the performance implications of adding multiple usb/firewire drives to a Mac?

I have noticed that I get a significant performance drop on a Mac Pro with more than 5 daisy chained firewire 800 drives. Task switching grinds to a halt, and the machine often beachballs between ...
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QCA9565 / AR9565 Slow at some distance

I'm having trouble with an Dell Inspiron 14 5447 Wifi using Ubuntu 14.04. It's an QCA9565 / AR9565 Wireless Network Adapter. When I'm at 4 meters distance of my wireless router, it works fine, as ...
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How to diagnose slow (only for awhile after start) Windows 7 machine?

I've got a Lenovo Ideapad, with a dual core Atom processor and Windows 7 that exhibits some odd behaviour. It's insanely slow right after boot. The disk drive will be lit up solid and grinding away ...
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svchost.exe (LocalServiceNetworkRestricted) uses excessive RAM on startup

I'm running Windows 8.1 on a Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 with a Core i5 CPU and 4 GB of RAM that I bought July of 2014. Though I have had a good experience, there's one problem, as you can see from the ...
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Samsung 830 256GB SSD dying?

I have a decent fast Computer (i7, 32 GB RAM, SSD, ...), which worked flawlessly for a year now, but about over a week ago the access rates just went bananas (well, very slow like on HDDs). Just some ...
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WPA shows NIC driver DPC fragment running for 232 milliseconds

I'm stress testing my UDP proxy on a machine with 8 logical CPUs. At around 14 thousand UDP clients, one of the CPUs (CPU 4) starts spiking and UDP throughput (as shown by Task Manager) plummets to ...
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Why is computer slow in switching between opened applications?

I like to open a lot of Chrome tabs, but when I try to switch between open tabs, the tab tends to re-render. When I have some other applications open alongside with chrome, those applications also ...
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How to measure a HDD's RPM speed?

EDIT: My original intent with this question was to figure out if it would be worth purchasing a 7200rpm drive if mine turns out to be 5400rpm, but JakeGould has made it clear that RPM alone is not ...
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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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How to defragment or minimize a “directory file” on ext4?

I have quite an old home directory on HDD. There were lots of files created and removed and now the size of /home/username is 995328 bytes. Please note, I mean the size of the "directory file" (every ...
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Why Computer is so slow after boot?

This situation has happened to me multiple times and I've tried to diagnose the problem unsuccessfully. This has to deal with my work PC. Machine/Software Specs: Windows 7 x64 32GB Ram Core i7 (ivy ...
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“Access is denied” to Admin when using Sysinternals Contig to defrag the $LogFile metadata file

I have folders with hundreds of thousands, to over a million files and subfolders in each parent. I'm reading that the NTFS log file may be responsible for slow file creation and other actions. How ...
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Thousands of page faults per second while page file lies empty

So, in my office system, things are going crazy. Every thing was extremely slow, so much so that switching tabs on chrome took 10 seconds. So, I checked the performance monitor for the issues. ...
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How to achieve best browsing performance using Polipo?

I'm using Polipo to browse the web, I've set up the config file as follow (consider that I have 4 Gb of DDR3 ram, and my computer is quite fast): I've noticed that seems better if I disable the ...
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Assessing Performance in Process Explorer: Varying Block Sizes

I am trying to assess the performance of my scientific software using Process Explorer, with the files both locally on our blade server (Dell VRTx, Windows Server 2012) and over the network from ...
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What is Prime95 benchmarking?

I've recently had to benchmark the CPU performance of a variety of operating systems on identical machines. I've been using the 'benchmark' functionality of Prime95 to obtain a consistent test. I've ...
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Is there a way to “undercommit” memory in Linux (VPS burst memory woes)?

I've been noticing occasional drastic performance hiccups in my application hosted on a VPS. My VPS plan has 1GB guaranteed RAM and 1GB "burst" RAM. Occasionally the app will become extremely ...
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Windows internet sharing uses 50% of my CPU

I discovered that svhost.exe process is using almost 50% of my CPU time when computer was almost idle - I was downloading big file with USB 3G modem with 80kB/s speed. I have relatively fast CPU ...
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Slow Windows Application Startup

I have Windows 8 Pro/i5 3320M laptop with 8GB memory. Java based applications such as Eclipse, Phpstorm takes about 15-30 mins to load. (i assume issue is with java apps, others work fine). I tried ...
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Why does top and Google Compute Engine give me two totally seperate cpu % values?

So to preface this, I haven't done much in Linux since a decade ago when I was in college, so I may just be doing something stupid. However, for this project I am working on I'm performing a load ...
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Some applications slow on network (win 8.1), where to start?

I recently got a new computer with windows 8.1. I identified at least two applications are very slow when the are using the network. This is the MS dynamics AX client (very slow all the time) and ...
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GIMP slows down my Ubuntu 14.04 over time

I have some problems with my GIMP recently. When I start GIMP it runs perfectly fine, but over time, say about 15 minutes, it's starting to slow down my Ubuntu (14.04). After checking my system ...
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Should I connect my 2nd monitor to integrated or discrete graphics to maximize 3D performance on the 1st monitor?

I have 2 monitors connected to my PC, and the secondary monitor is used for things that don't really need the power of a discrete GPU. I want to maximize the performance of 3D applications on my ...
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Linux MD software raid stripe cache size

From what I can piece together the /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size is for raid5 and 6 set at a very low default value to avoid starving machines for memory. By increasing this value you can get a ...
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Windows 7 - Acer Aspire M5811

I have a problem with my Windows 7 Desktop PC. Today I used it normally and it turned off normally to, but the next time I tried to turn it on, it became extremely slow. It's normal until I need to ...