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

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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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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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Vertex 2 SSD is running faster than my Vertex 3 SSD?

I used Acronis Disk Director to do a direct clone of my C:\ windows 7 x64 drive from my Vertex 2 to my new Vertex 3 SSD (Just to show the drive software winstall everything is identical.) I ran a ...
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RAM writes faster than it reads

I've recently created a RAM-Disk on my MBP17" and tried to check the read/write speeds and everything seemed fine. So i did the same test on my MacPro3,1 and i noticed that my RAM (16GB) writes with ...
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My computer is extremely very very slow

I've bought a new computer. It is supposed to be a recent, last-generation PC (Apple imac 21,5" last generation, first model). The OS takes 2 minutes to load - 1 minute for the logon screen and 1 ...
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Hardware specs for high computational speed

(1) I routinely have to run some calculations on large data sets which take some time to run. (2) I have to run several large programs at the same time. I am in the market for a new laptop and would ...
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Why might write speed on NIC be fraction of read speed?

I have 2 servers (Windows 2008 R2) each with an x710-DA2 NIC, cross-connected by a 10Gbps wire. I can read a hard dive of one machine, from the other, at 250 MegaBytes/Sec, but the write speed is ...
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how to increase gom player speed permanently?

I know that you can speed up playback using keyboard shortcut (C) and decrease the speed using (X), what I want is permanent change in the speed, for example If I need to change speed to 1.3, I do it ...
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Cat file to terminal at particular speed of lines per second

I'm lazy and I could write a script to do this, but I'm even too lazy to think of how to do it. I often do things like : cris$ python runexperiment.py > output.txt cris$ cat output.txt ...
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How can I make it so that holding down Shift can capitalize a maximum of 1 letter?

My biggest personal problem with typing is that I tend to accidentally captilize the first two letters in a word when using Shift. For example, I'd type "GEorge" instead of "George". Then I have to ...
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Can the orientation of Hard Drives cause them to run slow?

I've got a Dell PowerEdge server with 6 2TB drives in a RAID6 that I use to run several VM's at home. I recently moved it from a temporary location to a more permanent location. While the new location ...
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PhraseExpress slow to enter text

I’m using the latest version of PharseExpress and fully updated Windows 10. The problem is that PhraseExpress types out the text in a relatively slow fashion (compared to when it just insert the ...
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Why are network speeds measured in Kbits/sec instead of KBytes/sec?

Why is network throughput measured in KBits/sec? It seems like it would make more sense to have it in KBytes/sec. You'd avoid angry users, and save a lot of headache converting between the two. Is it ...
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Should i install Windows on the fastest sequential drive or fastest random write drive?

I currently have 4 HDDs in my rig and i want to set it up in the most performant way. My fastest sequential write drive (2) can write at 85MB/s with 0.95MB/s random write speed. However my slowest ...
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Why is my WiFi file copy so slow?

I have shared a folder on my Debian 8 GNU/Linux PC using Samba network sharing service. The folder is on an external hard disk that is connected to the PC using an USB 3.0 cable. The PC is connected ...
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Looking for gadget (or anything else) to find true CPU speed in Win 7

I am looking for a gadget preferably, or any program, to tell me my true CPU speed in Win 7. I have a Xeon 3426. I am running the Intel Turbo Boost monitor gadget, but it's only going down to 1.87 ...
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Why does moving/deleting files “stall” on my PC?

My PC is Windows 10, 8GB RAM and a 2.8GHz processor. Basically, to give you an idea, whenever I drag any item onto the desktop or into a folder the file takes a long time to appear and I have to ...
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Optimal email configuration for fastest message delivery

In my line of work, I sometimes receive potential work assignments via email. These are broadcast emails to all approved vendors for this client. Whoever accepts the assignment first will get the ...
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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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How to remove pppd speed limit

I haven't figured out any way to achieve more than 10M over a ppp0 link configured through pppd and the baud rate of the pts is 38400 (obviously being ignored) so it seems like somewhere in 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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Increase efficiency of bash loop with awk

I have to write a fairly large text file(>300,000 lines) using text extracted from the second column of one file, then prepending and appending text to each line and finally writing it out to a new ...
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How to debug slow samba share by Nautilus?

I have Fedora 23 with Gnome 3 and Nautilus 3.18.5-1.fc23. I have troubles with SMB speeds by using Nautilus. It is about 4.4MB/s, while by any other methods (e.g. smbclient from terminal) I got 11MB/s ...
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Is an overhead of 1.5x typical for a HTTPS upload?

I use Chrome to upload files to my Google Drive account. Today, I had to upload a 2+ GB file and since uploading typically saturates bandwidth, I decided to install the free version of NetBalancer and ...
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Microsoft Access database processing slow even over fast network

A Microsoft Access database file has about 20 MB size and total of 4000 records in few tables. Does not look like a big deal. However, why this database has 3-5 times longer processing times when it ...
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VMWare Linux Ubuntu Gnome becoming increasingly slow

Some time ago I started to have speed problems in working with Qt/Qt Creator in Windows and after and unsuccesfull attempt to improve the situation, I decided to install and use a Linux Ubuntu virtual ...
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Speed up (not turn off) animations in windows 10?

Is there a way to increase the speed of all animations in Windows 10? I know you can disable it entirely through the System > Advanced Settings > Performance Settings > Visual Effects tab. ...
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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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Does DDR RAM also have a minimum bandwidth?

Reading about DDR3 on Wikipedia I can see that it has a peak data transfer rate. However, I assume the peak rate to be a theoretical maximum. Can we also derive a minimum transfer rate for DDR3 RAM, ...
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How to decrease compile time when reading includes over a network?

My project is very small but several includes are hosted on a network. Is there a way to speed up compile time and reduce latency without mirroring a local unsynced copy? I've already mapped the ...
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Do two side-by-side USB port operate more slowly than ones by themselves on laptops?

I'm in the market for a new laptop and one of my requirements is at least two USB 3.0 ports that can offer the best speed. I don't recall where or when, but I remember being told that when two USB ...
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USB streaming rate between 2 different PC's

I have 2 different PC's but the USB streaming rate on one is so much slower han the other. What could the reason be? Is the USB device gone bad? Is there anyway for me to check this?
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Fast access to shared folder

Very often I need to access shared folder in another PC using Far Manager. To go via ALT+F1>>network takes too long, because it scans whole network. What is the faster way of doing that?
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Can I have a 4 GB RAM (1600 MHz-1.35V-DDR3) and a 2 GB RAM (1333 MHz-1.5V-DDR3) at the same time to my laptop? [duplicate]

Currently my laptop has a: 4GB RAM DDR3, 1.35V, 1600MHz. I am wondering if I could add to the other slot of my laptop another RAM which has the following specs: 2GB, RAM DDR3, 1.5V, 1333 MHz ...
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Speed comparison between USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SATA and Firewire

Which external connection has the highest data throughput with respect to the headers used? I would appreciate a slowest to fastest list including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and ...
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Does 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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Hdd speed goes lower. 2 Internal HDD

hey i was using 320gb hdd today i install 1tb another hdd. after that 1tb hdd get 180mb/s but 320gb gets 99mb ? why? and isnt both should get 180mb/s? using both sata2 cable /dev/sdb: Timing ...
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What's the maximum typical speed possible with a USB2.0 drive?

I'm getting only 30MB/sec between my computer and a USB drive, despite the fact that USB 2.0 supports 480Mb/sec (or 60MB/sec) transfers. (Therefore, I'm only getting half the rated speed) Is there ...
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Enabling wifi adapter causes slow laptop until reboot OR while AC adapter is plugged out

It's been a couple of weeks now that I feel that my pc is feeling slower than usual. Not just network related things but just about everything gets a delay (timings at the end of the post). It's like ...
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RAM size > L2 Cache size > L1 Cache size > Internal Registers of a CPU

I understand that the access speed of internal registers is very high compared to that of L1 Cache and L1 Cache can be accessed faster than that of L2 cache which in turn can be accessed faster than ...
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Are Class 4 microSD cards faster than Class 10 microSD cards for small files?

In a comment to this Hardware Recommendations SE question, Agent_L writes: There is no such thing as "fastest" card, eg cards with higher (like 10) class are faster for large files (eg video) but ...
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Do USB or PS/2 keyboards respond faster?

Do USB or PS/2 keyboards respond faster in terms of end-to-end input latency, keystrike to character appearing on the screen? Related: Under either connection, is the time between keystrike to ...
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Running two instances of a program at once to increase output?

At work, I am running a private program which produces output which I edit afterwards. The output takes 1 hour to generate, and I have to generate 174 scenarios of this output, therefore 174 hours of ...
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Upload of photos from cf card to pc is super slow

I have a new custom built pc. It has 8B of RAM and was working like a dream. Suddenly it is super slow and taking hours to download photos that used to take just minutes. I notice that there is 8GB ...
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Is there an app that measures my typing speed in the background? [closed]

I'm searching for an application, that can measure my typing speed while I'm using my pc. Like now, I'd like to know with what speed did I type this question.
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Bash Fastest Way to Rewrite Screen

I am using bash on Mac OS X as well as Lubuntu. One of the annoying things about when I make console applications is that clear will add a whole (x-number) of lines to the console. And then I ...
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Why does my Internet slow to a crawl unless I reboot my router every few days?

A few weeks ago, I noticed that my Internet connection had slowed down to a crawl. I waited a few days hoping it would go away on its own, but it didn't get better. So I asked this question about how ...
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How to speed up Windows Messenger

Windows Live Messenger seems extremely slow on my Windows 7 machine. Double click on the icon and it is 10 seconds before the main screen is shown - probably because it is loading all sorts of adverts ...
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Wireless Access Point (connected to pfSense) is only fast when using Double NAT?

I've been troubleshooting this problem for several days now and I am completely stumped. I have a cable modem connected directly to pfSense (dedicated hardware on SuperMicro motherboard). pfSense is ...
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2 routers and one wireless card [duplicate]

What's the maximum I can get on one computer with that? I already connected two routers as primary and secondary, now I thinking if my wifi card from very old computer can boost something more? ...