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USD: unexpected, unexplained SLOW-DOWN

Sometimes, my laptop is providing me with very strange behavior. When i have several (10-20) tabs opened in Opera or Chrome, uTorrent running etc., nothing special, in such casual conditions happens ...
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2answers
52 views

How to diagnose right-click menu slowness?

Is there a way to find specifically what's causing Windows 7 explorer slowness, like right-click menu delay and even opening new explorer windows/drives/folders? Slowness when opening new explorer ...
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2answers
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Windows 7 freezes with high disk activity

I have a Windows 7 computer that I use almost exclusively for streaming video (Hulu in Internet Explorer, or recorded or live broadcast TV with Windows Media Center). Often the computer freezes for a ...
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1answer
508 views

Ubuntu runs very slow

I have been using Ubuntu 13.10 32-bit for a month. It's working fine, but since two days ago it hangs more than ever, and it sometimes runs very slowly. For example, when a window closes it slowly ...
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1answer
54 views

Why is only one Excel spreadsheet crippled, but others are fine?

I have an inherited spreadsheet that I really don't want to rebuild at the moment. It's a simple small workbook that is small (< 200 rows that don't even reach to AA) and does nothing more than ...
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2answers
432 views

Windows 7 lags/hesitates on Start menu, right-click, and in Explorer

If I hit the Windows key to bring up the Start menu to search/launch something, the menu appears but shows "Searching...." for a few seconds. Sometimes, it shows what I was looking for, but then it ...
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3answers
222 views

Windows 7 operates normally for several minutes after startup, then stalls.

When I power on my Windows 7 PC it behaves normally for ~5 minutes, and then I can't open any programs. If I opened something quickly (in the time before the stall) I can still use it. When the ...
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1answer
625 views

Wifi signal changes over time

I have a trouble about my wireless router signal. My laptop is 25-30 feet (~8 meters) away from the router. There are two walls between them. Windows reports signal strength is two bars, and inSSIDer ...
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1answer
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Spikes of 99% disk activity in Windows 8 Task Manager [duplicate]

For some reason Windows 8's Task Manager reports spikes of 99% disk activity for hours at a time. Looking at the entries in that column, however, data doesn't seem to be getting written any more ...
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4answers
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What can I do to improve the performance of Windows? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the proper way of debugging a slow Windows installation? I recently feel my Windows machine slows down a lot. Formatting is not an option as I cannot afford the ...
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3answers
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How can I determine what is causing my hard drive to become busy/stuck?

I've got a relatively new Dell e4300 laptop running Windows 7 32-bit (fully updated). Several times throughout the day, it will seem to hang. When this happens, I'm able to move the mouse but the ...
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5answers
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What is the proper way of debugging a slow Windows installation?

You know the drill - you've been asked to check why your cousin's computer is running slow. I was right there yesterday. Being a Mac user since 2007 I haven't really dug deep in Windows internals in ...
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1answer
428 views

How do I troubleshoot a slow Windows computer? How do I know if more RAM can make a difference?

How do I troubleshoot slowness in a Windows computer? How do I know if RAM is an issue? In this case Windows Explorer is slow. (but it is quite subjective) I think it might be because of many ...
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10answers
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Which malfunctions cause old computers to slow down and crash?

I've had a few computers of my own break after a few years of use, and I've seen computers owned by friends and family do the same thing. They either slow down (even running the original software ...
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1answer
1k views

Why does my laptop's CPU intermittently run REALLY slow?

My laptop's CPU is an Intel P8400, rated for operation at 2.26GHz. However, sometimes it starts running really slow: the computer becomes nigh unusable, and utilities like CPU-Z show clock speeds in ...
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4answers
4k views

What is causing the atrocious performance of my Macbook pro?

I have a Macbook pro, both of which are evincing awful performance for day to day tasks. I'd like to know what is causing it, or failing that, how to diagnose this performance issue more effectively. ...
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2answers
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How can I identify the culprit of my slow Windows shutdown?

My computer is taking a very long time to shutdown. How can I identify the culprit? I don't want to wait minutes for my computer to shutdown... Is there a program I can use to track how long it ...
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2answers
156 views

TweakNow PowerPack for Windows 7 causing memory problems

I recently installed the TweakNow PowerPack 2011 for Windows 7, and I ran it and applied the suggested optimizations. Soon after that I began getting Windows messages saying that my system was low on ...
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1answer
208 views

Record WiFi performance and errors over time

I'm having intermittent performance and connection problems occuring in my wireless home network. Sometimes it slows to a crawl on all wirelessly connected devices or loses the connection entirely. ...
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2answers
5k views

What is an XPerf alternative for Linux and Mac OS X?

XPerf is a tool that allows you to take a detailed trace of various system activity like CPU, I/O and more... Because of it's detail you can see stack trace counts, disk position offset graphs, ...
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5answers
925 views

randomly slow computer

How do I diagnose & fix a randomly slow laptop. I have a Compaq laptop that's already 2 years old. I have recently replaced its hard drive because I thought that it was dying and that's why its ...
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2answers
287 views

Windows 7 reporting a 0.8 WINSAT score for an AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Processor

Ok I built (around 2 years ago) two computers with similar components and for whatever reason they both just don't run well at all. The computers were actually for family members, and they often ...
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4answers
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Mysterious Windows 7 slowdown problem

I have a fairly beefy machine: Intel Q9450 8GB DDR2800 (4x2) Intel X25-M G2 80GB SSD Several other hard drives Windows 7 Ultimate 64 In the last month I've gotten a mysterious slowdown problem. ...
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3answers
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Windows 7 very slow upon logging in, even in safe mode

I'm running Windows 7 on a Dell Studio 1535 laptop, normal midrange laptop specs. As of last night, whenever I start Windows, it makes it to the blue login screen at a normal pace, lets me enter my ...
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16answers
74k views

How do I troubleshoot a Windows 7 freeze or slowness?

A machine is described as being "really slow" or "freezing". How can I troubleshoot/resolve this issue? What should be the first steps to take?
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8answers
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PC runs very slowly for no apparent reason

I have a Dell Latitude D820 that I've owned for about 2.5 years. It is a Core 2 Duo T7200 2.0GHz, with 2 GB of RAM, an 80 GB hard drive and an NVidia Quadro 120M video card. The computer was ...