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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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Internet speed is 512 kbps but it gives only 60kbps speed

My internet speed is about 50-60 kbps but on company plan and there website it shows that Internet speed provided is 512 kbps can anyone explain this?
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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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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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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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my file download speed is 180-200kbps but speedtest is showing 1.7mbps and i am subsribed to 2mbps pack?

i'm from Malaysia. I am subscribed to 2mbps pack from my country's ISP. But all i get is only 200kbps when download files from the internet, when i test my speed on speedtest.com , it shows me ...
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teamviewer display is slow to refresh

I'm using teamviewer from time to time to connect my portable computer with my desktop computer when I need to check on something (personal use). One of the main things I've been noticing is that it ...
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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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Which leads to faster browsing, an ad blocker or an edited hosts file?

I recently came across the MVPS hosts file and became fascinated with the concept of blocking ads upstream from your browser. I don't know much about how quickly adblockers work, nor how quickly the ...
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How do I get better USB transfer speeds in (X)ubuntu?

When I connect my USB 2.0 drive to Xubuntu and try to transfer large files, transfer speeds are good at first but drop after a few seconds to 1-2 Mib/s. From what I read, the fast transfer at the ...
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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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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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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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The speed of copying a file from a PC to a USB Flash drive started at 30MB/s and decreased to 5.8 MB/s, why?

If I copy a 8GB file from the PC to a USB Flash Drive, the speed will start at around 30 MB/s... maybe 28 MB/s, and then gradually, after a minute, it will go down to 15 MB/s and finally settle down ...
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Windows 7 download speed slow through router

I am using Windows 7. When I plug in the Internet connection directly to windows 7, its download speed can get up to 60Mbps. However, when I connect Windows 7 through my Linksys Router, the download ...
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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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Is it safe to use RAM sticks with different frequencies?

I have two RAM sticks: one 533 MHz and one 667 MHz. Is it safe to use both of these in the same system?
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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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Speed comparison between USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and SATA and Firewire

Which is fast, faster, fastest? I would appreciate a slowest to fastest list including USB 2.0, USB 3.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800 and eSata.
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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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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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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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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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How can I get audio when I speed up playback of a DVD in Windows Media Player?

In Windows Media Player there's an option Enhancements->Play Speed Settings which lets you change the playback speed. When playing audio files (mp3 etc) it works fine and does pitch correction etc. ...
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New router, slower internet connection?

We just bought a new router a few hours ago, and it does work. However, for some reason the speed is just ridiculously slow (compared to before, at least)! If I run a test on speedtest.net I get the ...
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Ethernet is fast but wi-fi is slow?

I have noticed that when using wi-fi my internet slows down a good amount. When I plug an ethernet cable into my router, my download speed is about 25 mbps and upload is 26 mbps. However, when 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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What does MB/s stand for in HDD access speed?

In relation to the hard drive access speed, what does MB/s stand for -- is it Mega Bit per second or Mega Bytes per second?
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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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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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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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What does “Irq14=4096” do in System.ini

I found the article "Increase Speed of Harddisk" and it says that you have to add the line Irq14=4096 after [386Enh] in the System.ini file to increase your hard disc speed. Many people have tested ...
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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 ...