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Firefox download faster when progress is displayed?

This may sound like superstition. But I observed for quite some time that when downloading a relatively large file with Firefox (as of 38.05), the reported download speed is higher when the progress ...
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Why does sl have different speed in different environments?

Perhaps this may seem a silly question, because the utility sl is a rightful member of each page containing the words Linux and fun. I was wondering why does sl on my Debian in ssh session work two ...
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On what factors does localhost speed depend?

I am setting up a server in my home. I am using AN1020-21 router for the purpose and my laptop as host. I will use a desktop later if everything goes smooth. I am using XAMPP latest version. When i ...
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Why do my external USB hard drives become slower when I have filled them up only to a third?

The read/write speeds of my external USB3 hard drives (*) are significantly higher when the disks are empty (no normal files; less then 10MB used) compared to when they are moderately full (2.5 ...
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Count lines fast

I'm running Windows 7 and have GnuWin32. I have a several-gigabyte text file with LF (\n) line endings. I want to know how many lines it has (or alternatively how many LFs it has, which is, let's say, ...
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How much does an SSD drive affect multi-tasking performance in an advanced laptop? [closed]

I am curious whether it would be beneficial for me to buy an SSD drive for my new laptop. It is a Lenovo ThinkPad E540-F 8 Gig Ram Core i7 (MQ) – 6 meg cache My typical usage is ...
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Is it slower to load an embedded video rather than from its source?

It would make sense that a video that is embedded in a site (like if I were to post a YouTube video on this question or a blog post) would be slower to load because it has to be redirected from a ...
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What is better ram 800 and 800 as size of 800 each one or 1600 mhz on size 800? [closed]

I have 8gb ram of 800mhz speed, i want to upgrade, what is better to have: 1- two 8gb ram of 800 mhz speed each(total 16 gb ram). 2- One 8gb ram of 1600 speed.
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NAS Download is slower than Upload

Is it normal that when i transfer a file from my pc to my Seagate Central (NAS) i have a transfer speed of 11mBps (which is normal according i have a 100mbps network card), but when i transfer a file ...
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tar performance writing to disk

When writing to disk (SATA) I've noticed tar seems to have a large performance hit. I'm trying to copy a, relatively, large .dmg file (556MB) from my client (OSX) across my local network as part of a ...
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calculate speed of transmission in binary system

File 8 GB was sent at the time of 5 hours. Calculate average speed of transmission in Mbps I know this way 8GB = 8192 MB 8192 MB = 65 536 Mb 5 h = 18 000 s 65 536 Mb / 18 000 s = 3,64 Mbps But ...
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How To Move The Windows Folder To A Different Drive?

I have two small hard drives. However, i store all my files on the boot drive. This makes the boot drive very slow. I've read before that it's possible to move a folder to a different drive and make ...
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Does an INTERNAL USB hub affect performance?

I searched a little bit on the subject, but I couldn't find any clear answers, so I'm asking this question: Will the performance of a USB hub connected directly to the motherboard be shared between ...
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Why does my hard drive perform well in benchmarks but slow in applications?

My hard drive has been acting slow lately, taking several seconds to load an application. It's the Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62 (7200 RPM). I ran a benchmark and the speeds were in the 70 Megabytes/second ...
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Connection slow but speed fast when connected

I am experiencing an interesting type of slow connection buildup and would like to ask people more up to the topic on any ideas what could cause this and how to troubleshoot it. (On my background, I ...
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New laptop's performance not very good. Is it defective or normal?

About a week ago I bought a new laptop. It's a Dell Inspiron 15 5548. It has an i7-5500U CPU @ 2.4 GHz, and 16GB of RAM. It was about $1000. I don't game or do anything very strenuous to the ...
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Using ready boost on a partition than USB drive [duplicate]

Is it possible to use ready boost on a partition of my HDD(I have only one) instead of a USB drive. I want to so this because sata write speed is faster than USB. Thanks
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Combining two ppoe connections on one computer [duplicate]

could anybody help me combine two ppoe connections (2 different accounts) on a computer to double my speed,please? Is there anyway? Thanks in advance;
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USB thumbdrive reported speed difference between NTFS and FAT32

I found this rather strange. I have a USB 3.0 thumdrive (ADATA UV128/16GB), which when formatted as NTFS, seems to report a much higher writing speed than when formatted as FAT32. For example, I ...
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Mac OS 10.10.3 Dropbox 3.6.0 upload auto limit bandwidth no longer working

I've got 32gb of Ram and use Fios 50/50 Mbs up and down but lately when large files are uploading EVEN my mouse won't cooperate until I 'Pause' dropbox or throttle it way way down. This is new. What ...
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Where is my internet speed slowing down?

I got a 300/300 Fiber internet connection - but running a speedtest, i only can max on just below 100/100.. How can I find out where the speed is going, can I check or see if its my router or my pc, ...
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64GB vs 128GB SSD cache drive

I have a Lenovo Y510p which I've had for about a year. After adding some RAM the other day I saw that it has an open m2 NGFF slot into which I can put a SSD drive. So I'm planning on buying a SSD ...
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Switch to switch connection

4 servers with 8 Ethernet connections Will it affect Network speed if I Mount a 16 ports Gbit switch in rack and connect one Ethernet cable from that swith to main switch with 30 computers connected. ...
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Have to reboot router to make it work properly on specific devices

I have a Linksys router (WRT610N ver 2.0) that I never hard problem with in the last 2-3 years, until 2 days ago. Sometimes(often after a reboot or a wake up) my laptop wont connect at all, or connect ...
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Understanding SAS Read/Write Speeds

I very often hear SAS hard drives referred to as "6Gb/S". However, when looking at actual specifications, the top benchmarks are in the 100s of MB/s. Right here, the spec for the Seagate Cheetah ...
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Can I get some advice on my speed using wifi? [closed]

I have AT&T DSL and, as expected, the speed isn't the best. They made me pay a high price for a cheap router and modem (2in1). I've had the router for a few years. Lately, the speed has been ...
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Extreme speeds from a hard drive that shouldn't be this fast?

I have a Seagate 7200rpm drive and for some reason ATTO Disk Benchmark concludes that this drive is around 220 MB/s read and write. Isn't this unrealistic for a drive of this kind? ATTO displays the ...
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Network kBit/s drops to 0 intermittently

I am streaming live video to a server on my PC, now and again the video stream would freeze. When looking at the output from nload the network speed seems to drop to 0kBit/s for a second and then ...
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Allocate more RAM to Chrome?

I have a lot of RAM on my computer, and recently allocated a bunch more to Firefox using this article: (http://smallbusiness.chron.com/set-ram-cache-firefox-41282.html) I'd like to now do the same ...
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Check website speed using Firebug

I was using the “Net” panel of Firebug to check my website speed. I have a timer on the server script and it only takes around 0.02 seconds, but dang is it slow to render the page (6 seconds). Then I ...
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Memory not performing as expected

This is probably a noob question but I really don't know why this is happening I bought the below parts recently ASRock 970 Pro3 R2.0 Motherboard HyperX Savage 8GB (1 x 8GB) Memory Module 2133MHz ...
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Notebook internal WIFI slow vs external WIFI fast

My internet through my internal wifi (intel wireless-n 1030) on my laptop slowed down 2-3 weeks ago. I used to download 2 MB/s. Now it is 20KB/s and barely reaches 150KB/s. Youtube buffers sometimes ...
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How to change playback speed steps in VLC Player?

I am using VLC player as my video and audio player on Ubuntu (14.04). In playback menu under speed item, I can choose Faster (fine) or Slower (fine) to speed up or down playback. But it changed speed ...
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How to pretend ip request [duplicate]

I have a 2Mbps broadband connection. My isp provides 2Mbps for all the websites, but provides 10Mbps for every Google owned service. I want to download a file, but make it seems like it's being ...
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Does number of programs installed on my pc affect its speed? [duplicate]

I have windows xp and it has started responding very slowly, so was thinking if the various software I've installed might be affecting its speed. PS: Even if I run one program/software at a time the ...
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Does the browser you use increase/decrease your download/internet speed?

I've read on here that download speed isn't affected by the browser you use, so can someone explain the below info for me? Having run a speed test on speedtest.net, you see that the results using ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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Very slow router speeds [closed]

I have a ASUS RT-N16 router running the latest build of OpenWrt (OpenWrt Chaos Calmer r43801 / LuCI Master (git-14.359.33351-5e6c33e)). I've been experiencing some shoddy network performance, so I ...
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Speed up/slow down TilEm on Windows 8?

I have a program named TilEm, which is an emulator for Ti-84 graphing calculators and the like. The main issue that I am having is that there are only two speeds for the emulator: a regular graphing ...
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How important is the 4k speed test for real world applications, in a USB flash drive? [closed]

So I am evaluating which flash drive to buy, and at the moment I am considering some USB 3.0 drives, which has a similar sequential R/W value. The difference is that for the 512k test, the values are ...
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What takes the most time when Chrome starts? [closed]

What takes the most time when Chrome starts? I'm just curious on the technical reason behind it. I'm not looking for advice on how to speed it up Some guesses: Is it starting the V8 JavaScript ...
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Why is file transfer speed decreased when copying multiple smaller files?

Let's say I'm copying a portable apps directory from PC to an external HDD. An application.exe file is around 4 megabytes in size, but most other files are only tens of kilobytes in size, and most of ...
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Is green WD too slow (for a normal home computer)? Would it have less than a 10 MB/s read/write speeds? [closed]

There's a very good deal on a 5TB green WD that I intend to catch. However I hear that green WDs might be slower than other drives. I know that the RPM speed for green drives are is mentioned and is ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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TrueCrypt transfer to Drobo is very slow

Problem I'm getting very slow 2 MB/s transfer speeds. I have a computer with a 5.4k RPM spinning disk drive connected to the motherboard via SATA 1 then through USB 3.0 to a Drobo disk array also ...
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Best format for compression of large amount of small files

I tried to use .rar and I get a great rate of compression. However it take a lot of time to show the folder structure when I open the .rar file (tried different programs), it looks it is needed to ...
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Can my laptop's model have internet speed restrictions?

So I just upgraded to 120 Mbps internet. It works fine on all of the devices on the network, I get up to 90-100 on most. However, even connected through an ethernet cable, this specific laptop keeps ...
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CPU higher than maximum

Hi so I bought a new laptop with an Intel i7-4510U processor. Its max cpu it says is 2.0ghz(Which I thought was low). How is it running at +2.8ghz. Is this affecting its performance? Or is there some ...
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How come my 7200 rpm external HD is slower than my 5400 rpm portable HD?

I have been reading and writing the same files on two external hard drives connected to the same computer, a 2011 MacBook Pro. I was expecting the 7200-rpm EHD to be faster than my 5400-rpm EHD, but ...
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Is PCIe speed compatible with that of PCI

If I go in for a PCIe to PCI adaptor, will I be constrained by speed. PCIe provides a faster interface than PCI. How can I make them speed compatible