Questions about optimizing your computer to take up less boot time, application launch time, download time, etc.

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ReadyBoost or RSTv10.5 to boost my HDD read time using an SSD? [closed]

I am trying to figure out which of the two following scenarios would perform faster. The system has a 500Gb disk, 8Gb Ddr3 Ram and i7 2600, Win7 x64: Scenario - ReadyBoost SSD drive in sata3 with ...
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Possible for a modem to all of the sudden have degraded speed?

I'm on the phone with Charter (cable company) about how overnight my network speed went from 30 Mbps to 2 Mbps and this support person swears it's because my modem doesn't support 30 Mbps. I say ...
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Why does Dropbox upload at only 1/10th of my internet upload speed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it me, or is Dropbox really slow? I have just purchased 50g of storage and am transfering files to go roaming. My internet speed shows as 860kb/sec on a speed test ...
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Firefox location autocomplete without “Down” key (then enter)

Here is the situation : I type for instance "f" : Then I should press the "Down" : And finally press "Enter" to go to the website. Instead, in Chrome, I have just to type "f" : Then Enter and ...
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After upgrading Lenovo 3000 N200 Intel T2330 to T9500 CPU Fan stays on High Always

After upgrading Lenovo 3000 N200 Intel T2330 to T9500 CPU Fan stays on High Always. Running a dual Boot with Windows XP & 7. Stays high on both never decreases & CPU not hot, why & how do ...
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Is it a good idea to tweak the hosts file to speed up internet browsing?

Yesterday I came across a Firefox extension called Speed DNS which claims to speed up browsing by performing DNS lookups in advance. According to the author, it "does DNS pre-resolution of all the ...
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Monitor disk activity, á la top, or nettop (per process) on a Mac? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's causing all the disk activity on OS X? I find that disk I/O is the single biggest cause of slowdowns on modern computers.. and find "Activity Monitor"'s "Disk ...
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Why is net much slower if computer is plugged in it via a wireless router?

I have a computer which is plugged directly in the net via the ADSL modem provided by the ISP. Sometimes there is need to connect other computers on the net. Then I add a TP-LINK wireless router to ...
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Why has my Mac become so slow? (And how do I start to answer that?)

Over the past few months, many things on my MacBook Pro have become unbearably slow. Often application switching or opening a new tab in Chrome will take up to 10 or 15 seconds. Obviously, no one ...
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Why would network traffic on one computer affect the speed of another?

I have two computers on my network - a desktop and a laptop. Both are hardwired to my router. Yesterday I started a 500MB Windows update on my laptop. My desktop was suddenly very unresponsive: the ...
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DDR3 1333Mhz Ram PC3-10600 vs PC3-10660 performance difference [closed]

I've looked around and I'm unable to find a any real idea of how much performance difference that there is. The timings are the same as the RAM that is in my laptop but I wanted to expand it to 16GB ...
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Is there a easy way to calculate time for data transfer?

Are there any sites or easy methods of finding out it would take for file transfer over different speed links? For example, I need to find out how long it would take to download/transfer file of 75G ...
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Are there pitfalls to using incompatible RAM (frequencies) in motherboards? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it safe using RAMs with different Frequencies I'd like to use 2 x 4GB DDR3 1600 dimms in a motherboard capable of only DDR3 1066. The DDR3 1600 is on sale and the ...
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why are AMD CPU's generally slower then comparable intel CPU's, despite being clocked higher? [closed]

Generally, AMD processors are slower then comparable Intel procesors, despite being clocked higher. A friends intel i7 is clocked at 3.2GHz, my AMD phenom is clocked at 3.4GHz. Both are quad cores, ...
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Why do HDDs mostly have the same speed as 5400, 7200, 10000 RPM?

Why do hard disk drives mostly have the same speed? They are mostly 5400, 7200, 10000 RPM. Why not 6000 or 8000? Is there any reason or benefit for having those speeds?
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How to run the CPU at something like 75%?

My notebook is too old for me to invest into a new fan (it will simply be replaced by a new one when the final heat death occurs), but when it runs on full speed I feel like sitting in front of a ...
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How does Intel Turbo Memory work?

I am thinking about spending the money on the 8GB Intel Turbo Memory for my Thinkpad. The only thing is I am not really sure what the turbo memory does. Is it for speeding up the boot or does it speed ...
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Why is my computer taking so long to copy from one drive to another?

I have two disk drives in my computer of about 120GB each. The 'C' drive has about 50Gb of data and the other drive (E) is almost empty. When I try and copy a large directory (65gb) from the 'C' drive ...
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Slow USB3 under Linux

I have a problem with the speed of USB 3.0 under Linux. I'm testing with the following parts: "NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller" (pcie) "Pretec 240" USB 3.0 Card-Reader Sandisk ...
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How can I measure the speed of a network drive mounted on Windows 7?

Are there any tools to measure the speed of a network drive mounted on Windows 7? I found a tool called HD Tach but it's not compatible with Windows 7, and it does not look like it can measure ...
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How to persistently configure port speed / duplex on a Billion 7800[n] router?

I have been struggling for a while with port speed / duplex mismatches between a Billion 7800 and Cisco 2924. The basic problem with the Billion is that neither the web interface nor the available ...
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SATA III SSD drive on IDE controller - Runs in UDMA 6 is OK but slow transfers 80MB/s - expect 133MB/s

I have bought a OCZ Agility 3 SSD drive to build into my ASUS laptop. Because the drive is a SATA (III) drive and the laptop has only IDE connectors, i use a Fevi/Apple Second drive Caddy to put it ...
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how can I improve WI-FI speed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I speed up data transfer between local computers on a WiFi network? My question is similar to this: How can I speed up data transfer between local computers on a ...
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Reading or writing with a 4 WD5000AADS drive RAID 5 array drops to 0 speed

Edit, 10/31: Crash-- complete system lockup. Booted computer, had strange lag for visiting ANY webpage in Chrome.. Figured that either a network problem existed, or Chrome could not write to disk ...
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Wireless speed drops significantly over time

Using my Acer Aspire 5750 at school my wireless connection speed will drop from around 4 Mbps to .30 Mbps. The speed will start out fine from startup and degrade over time. This happens only at ...
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Does a full cache slow down firefox page loading speed?

On the road i had to use a slow (64kB/s) internet connection with firefox 6. Max. cache size is 250 MB. While i never had problems with full cache on DSL connections and page loading speed, on very ...
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CPU FSB and MotherBoard FSB

I have a Intel processor (E6300 @1.86 GHZ) it's FSB is 1066 MHZ (as mentioned over here). Now If I install a new compatible motherboard having a DDR3 RAM (4GB) with 1333 MHz then will it be okay? I ...
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Software for quickly copying large amounts of data over LAN?

I'm looking for some software for copying large amounts of data from a Mac OS X machine to a Windows 7 machine over a Cat5e cable with IPv4 connectivity? Another way I could ask this question is ...
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Standby-like feature - for individual applications in Windows?

Is it possible to temporarily freeze (pause, block) an application in Windows - so that it doesn't use processor at all and sit in the memory only - and unfreeze it later when you need it? I am ...
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Which task takes most time during the average work of a CPU? [closed]

What takes most time during the average work of a computer? Is it actual calculation or maybe accessing memory, and the processor mostly is just waiting for data to come?
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How to test the connection speed of a list of hosts?

The background is that I want to find the fastest mirror for CTAN. And I don't want to ping their addresses one by one. I searched this on google and found netselect. However, this seems not work on ...
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Laptop “Speed” Modes

So I have this SamSung Laptop that I've had for awhile and have never messed with the Fn F1-F9 buttons. So I was going through to see what each one of them did and ran across what I'm Assuming is ...
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How to equally share speed of a dsl modem?

I have a DSL modem and I want to equally share the speed among the users because else if someone of them uses IDM(Internet Download Manager) the speed of all the other users sometimes decreases to ...
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How do I find out the speed of an Ethernet cable?

During the years I've collected many ethernet cables. I'd like to know the speed of each one (10Mbit / 10BASE-T or 100Mbit / 100BASE-TX or 1000BASE-T). How could I find out the speed of each Ethernet ...
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What's the disadvantage/catch of SuperFetch? [closed]

I've been seeing all praises for the application called SuperFetch that makes launching and using applications faster, and never slower, which is definitely beneficial for someone who uses the ...
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Bittorrent using only 5 connections

I'm downloading a torrent with over 350 seeders and 2200 leechers. However I only download at about 10 kbps with 5 seeds/leechers. I'm figuring out it's because utorrent didn't check for speed with ...
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Software, which will make a sound when an application becomes responsive again

I am using several application, which are really slow. They will stay unresponsive for between 1 second and up to five minutes and I do not have any good way of predicting their response times. This ...
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Can a $30 wireless router really transfer with 150Mbps?

I have just bought a $30 wireless router which claims a transfer rate of 150Mbps. Can that really be true? Or is this with an assumed compression or some other marketing fine print?
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How do internet speed optimizers work (if they do at all)?

Are applications that claim to improve web speeds effective? If so, how? I would have guessed they were scammy, but I suppose if they can reroute traffic to a closer datacenter it might be possible?
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Disk Defrag slowing computer down?

I asked How to speed up my computer? in another post and one answer was to run disk defrag. I have done this before and in the majority of cases (with multiple computers not just one) it seems to ...
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Sempron 3500+ never clocking up (always at 800MHz)

According to CPUID CPU-Z and Windows Vista resource monitor the AMD Sempron 3500+ (1800MHz) in this Packard Bell Easynote SJ51 is never clocking higher than it's lowest speed. It's running at 52C so ...
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Does having more installed programs slow down a computer? [closed]

I was wondering does having more installed programs in a Windows slow down the computer (like make it laggier because it has to perform more "stuff")? What about Mac? (I don't have a computer. I ...
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Internet download speed does not reach full speed unless more than one file downloaded

I have ADSL line and my download speed does reach full speed as it is used to be when I download one file at a time. When I called my ISP they told me I must download more than one file at the same ...
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How do I test the speed of file transfers on my LAN?

I have a Macbook Pro (wirelessly connected to the Internet) and a G5 tower (connected via ethernet). The MBP wirelessly backs up to an external drive on the G5 tower. I would like to know how fast the ...
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Is it faster to have two smaller hard drives or one big one?

Assuming that the drives all have the same RPM and overall same specs except for storage space, would it be faster to install two hard drives together or just one larger one in a computer?
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What class is this micro SD card?

I had a 2GB Sandisk micro SD card lying around but no number written on it. My digital camera's card just died and it recommends a Class 10 card. I bench-marked the micro SD card and this is what I ...
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Why does MSE take a long time to remove a virus?

Microsoft Security Essentials is fairly fast at scanning for viruses, but it takes a long time to remove a virus. It would be much worse if the virus duplicated itself in many files. I guess maybe ...
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Is it possible to increase my downloading speed on IDM?

I'm using 2g mobile service for internet so speed is very low. I got the 20-30 Kbs downloading on IDM and same time its gone under the 20 Kbs. So my question is there is nay way to stable the ...
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How do I speed up lackluster hardware running Windows 7?

I'm one of very few people at my company who does graphic work, and I do quite a lot of it. Headquarters doesn't quite get that graphics work requires different hardware than, for example, sales work, ...
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Will more RAM speed up my computer if I already have some free at all times?

Oftentimes when I'm running a virtual machine, my computer feels as slow as molasses. I'd like to speed it up by adding more RAM but even when my VM is running, I seem to always have half a gigabyte ...