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You should replace the drive. You've described sub-optimal behavior from your disk. It could be the disk is unable to keep up with it's internal error correction due to too many bad sectors. There may even be something wrong with the internally like misaligned platters (the consistently timed hangs make me wonder about this). Alternatively, you could use ...


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Try upgrading your BIOS to the latest revision offered by your motherboard manufacturer. It may just be a matter of your current BIOS revision not knowing how to handle the timing and/or voltages when all the slots are populated.


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Go to System Properties > Advanced System Settings > Advance tab. In the Performance section, click Settings and select: Adjust for best performance This should disable themes and a lot of animations that should make your experience bearable to some extent.


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I had the same problem, and I did everything that the others suggested to fix it, but nothing worked. Finally, my hard disk stopped spinning at 100% after I changed the power options and turned off the hard disk after more than 3 hours. Depending on how long your computer stays idle, you could try to make it 60 minutes. My simple thought was that the ...


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That's because harddisks use "zone density recording". In plain words: there is more data on one rotation on the outside of the disk than on the inside. With a constant speed, a disk gives you more data on the outside (left side of your graph) than on the inside. See this excellent link. I quote: An interesting added benefit from zoned bit recording is ...


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Install vnstat and it gives logs the usage on a network interface and you can display the usage over different time periods. (Or) Use NTM for monitoring. NTM is a network traffic monitor for Linux where you can easily monitor your network usage. In case if you are using wifi then was easily resolved in the preferences window by changing the interface to ...


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LaunchMeNot is the only program I have found capable of canceling startup programs during boot. The program has an autostart feature "Autolaunch" which loads a custom list of programs, if you import all the startup programs to that list it will stop loading them whenever you need, no pause however. Alternatively there are programs that can delay startup ...


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To disable the startup list on a one time basis, hold the Shift key down while Windows is booting up.


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no, it never contains the actual data like a memory dump, only the filename or list of processes.


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I concur that bad graphics drivers can slow the entire system down. I tried uninstalling and re-installing the drivers from ATI several times, and it seemed to just make things worse. Tried manually uninstalling everything in registry and not much helped. Finally, I ran DDU (http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/display-driver-uninstaller/) from ...


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If I was just answering to your headline, then answer is of course. The OS controls the hardware so definitely it is the only piece of software that is responsible. If you consider the device drivers as separate from the OS then yes, it can get tricky as to which piece is controlling which resource. Now to your individual questions. Yes. Yes, always due ...


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After hours of continuing to dig through forums, I finally found the culprit. For some reason, my SSD caching was causing the problem. I have no idea why this would be, and why the problem would occur only sporadically, but disabling SSD caching appears to have had an immediate and dramatic effect.


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It's fixed now, reinstalled windows, but the motherboard had been damaged after the CPU running high all time. I have had it replaced and now it's just fine :D


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By looking at the trace I can see that you disabled Write Caching for the HDD. This slows down the HDD extremely. Go to the device manager and enable Write Caching again: This should improve the performance.


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Judging from the answer given here , it's mentioned that "Private Bytes are a reasonable approximation of the amount of memory your executable is using". This has the highest impact amongst the 3 on the performance of your process. The impact on your system (or OS since we're talking about processes here) has a lot to do with how much memory the user owned ...


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Computer hardware does not degrade faster when it is being used, assuming adequate cooling. Generally, what kills electronics is heat, and heat can be mitigated by sufficient cooling; in modern personal computers, this typically means active cooling by forced air, but other possibilities (including water cooling and, in low-powered systems, strictly ...


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Here is your ASUS P7P55D Motherboard RAM Specifications: 4 x DIMM, Max. 16 GB, DDR3 2200(O.C.)*/1600/1333/1066 Non-ECC,Un-buffered Memory Dual Channel memory architecture Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP) Your motherboard has a maximum of 16GB of RAM divided into 4 slots, each slot can handle a 4GB of RAM at max. In Other word, the ...


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You're trying to copy multiple files at once, which makes the operation slower, think about if, if you need to move your stuff from a room to another, is't faster if you have them packed, or to move them one by one ? Same thing on Windows, If you're copying multiple files at once, no matter how the speed you computer is, it'll be slower than your computer ...


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Even with an SSD an operation moving hundreds of thousands of files will still be a bit slow, albeit faster then a regular HD, as the OS still has to read meta data, buffer etc... if it was slow moving a single file then I would be worried. The slow down would be especially true if you are moving from a regular HD to the SSD, as seek times inflate IO wait ...


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Generally an SSD will be faster than a hard drive (or even a couple in Raid), but it varies depending on the hardware used. SSD's are often assumed to be fast, but that's not always the case. You will need to check, and compare exact hard drive, and ssd models. Look at their abilities, read speeds/writes speeds/IOPS. Such information should be available ...


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I think the reason it's running "slower than ever" is because initially not all the programs were enabled at startup, but after you seem to have 'broke' your computer, you enabled ALL the startup programs instead. Would be nice if you posted the specifications of your computer. If it's decent and your applications are not so heavy on your computer then I ...


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My best guess is that your harddrive is almost full, about to fail or becomming very fragmented. My suggestions for how to try and fix this situation would be: NOTE: Back up all important data before running a defragmentation or running CheckDisk. If your drive is about to fail, you may do irreversible damage to it with these tools. This is a "worst case ...


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If the computer slows down only with Explorer, there may be software extended the context menu malfunctioning. Check if you have such tools installed and try to deactivate/uninstall them.


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In general that is correct, RAM is mostly used for systems processes and is where your running programs store most of their information and use the most memory. For instance, if you look at the memory usage of something like Firefox, most of your memory usage is going to be your RAM. VRAM is used specifically for calls made to the video card through a ...


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I can confirm that this is 99% a hard drive that is getting old. It doesn't mean that you will have a failure, they can last long after they become sluggish, but you definitely risk loosing data. Defrag will probably not make it better, no. Yes. An SSD sounds like a good choice!


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It depends. With Raid0, you have a maximum write rate of twice the write rate from a single HDD (as a theoretical upper limit, which is not reached in practice due to some overhead etc). You can compare that with the write rate of a single SSD. It also may depend on the type of data you are going to copy, i.e. a lot of small files, few huge files etc. If ...


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As stated in comments to the question and as suggested by Ramhound, deleting the Firefox user profile solved the problem for the OP.


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I have a class 10 50mb/s 16gb SD card the card reader in my laptop is usb3 driven. Even with 4gb of ram, the performance is outstanding... That being said, a USB 2 or class 4 SD card won't do a thing. I tested using a random class 4 SD card I had lying around and the performance was negligible. I will upgrade to ssd later. Gotta remember it's cache not ram ...


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Your test system is not repeating the test consistently. You need to remove all possibly variations and try again. Quit all applications Disable or better still uninstall anti-virus software Make sure the drive under test is not the system drive, i.e. Windows is installed on another disk When doing any kind of benchmark testing you need to eliminate as ...


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The origin: a bug in OSX 10.8.2 This problem is caused by a bug in Mac OSX 10.8.2 (also more info here). It should be solved in 10.8.3, although the 10.8.3 release info from Apple makes no mention about resolving this bug. Some users reported it to be back in 10.9.0. Current situation As the current release (at the time of this post) is 10.9.5 (released 17 ...


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After reviewing iozone's sources I have figured it out. I managed to make IOZONE start the ssh sessions and run: add the -t <num of clients in file that was given with -+m>. For example: iozone -+m vm_client.iozone -i 0 -t 1 It enters 'throughput mode' and the number of processes that are specified must match the number of clients (process for ...


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This is SuperUser, so I assume this is a desktop system. For a server system, the answer might be entirely different. For desktop systems, a high swappiness (such as 60) can be very bad for interactivity, namely when you often run over 50% of RAM usage (e.g. during editing large or many files (photos, videos ...), doing 3D work, gaming, ...). The key point ...


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If you do not want quality loss, then your only option is to keep the videos as they are, or convert them with a lossless video/audio codec (e.g. HuffYUV video + PCM audio, or ffv1 for video). Of course, this will increase the file size and effectively lead to worse performance under normal conditions. I say "normal" because if you want to do nonlinear ...


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Can a conventional HDD perform both random and sequential access ? A HDD is categorized as a random-access device. The sectors of the HDD are addressable, and a read or write operation requires specification of a sector address. A R/W operation does not depend on the location of the previous operation. A sequential-access device, such as magnetic ...


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I solved it now this way. I added a firewall rule to the Windows firewall (incoming and outgoing with the same name) and enable/disable it via batch file with netsh advfirewall firewall set rule name="rulename" new enable=yes (resp. no). This works now perfectly fine.


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Sequential access does not mean reading everything up to a point, it means reading a group of sectors or clusters one after another i.e. "sequentially". Effectively you can think of it as one "random" access followed by a cluster of sequential accesses. To demonstrate why sequential access is better than completely random access you need to understand what ...


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What you see is the combined effect of smart queuing and caching: Data is not physically written to the drive in the same order as the application writes it to the OS, but reordering and write combining allow for a much better distribution of the writes to the stripes. This is helped by the drive's internal cache. When reading from the drive, the queueing ...


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I just had this experienced recently and I have managed to get it back working to normal. It may well be that the combination of long period of usage and the accumulation of dirt in your computer have caused this error. I'm not an expert, but I've tried most of the proposed solutions online found in forums (stopped short of getting anything replaced), so ...


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I know this is an old post, and there isn't a lot you can do at the application layer since FTP relies on TCP for sending the bytes. There are few things though Enable simultaneous uploads as mentioned above (this helps utilize more of your bandwidth since it takes time for TCP to "ramp up" each connection, so doing it in parallel is more efficient) ...


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Clock speed is only important if you can get data to the CPU quickly enough to keep it busy. A number of the micro-architecture improvements are associated with keeping the CPU busy not in improving the CPU thoughput (although CPU throughput has improved too). So the first step to see if it will matter at all is to look at the CPU utilization. In most ...


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Additional Notes: For best performance, fill both memory slots, installing an equal memory module in each slot. The likely technical explanation here is that your MacBook(motherboard) supports dual- channel architecture, and thus requires 2 identical memory modules. Benchmarks suggests that it gives 5%-10% performance boost. Why is this the case? ...


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With equal amounts of memory in both slots, memory can be "interleaved" so that successive chunks of memory alternate slots. That way, memory accesses get distributed to both slots almost perfectly evenly, allowing their bandwidth to combine. With uneven amounts, memory cannot be interleaved and has to be mapped first to one stick and then to the other. A ...


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(Kinda) found the solution: The problem was the combination of components / high temperatures and thermal throttling: both the CPU and GPU draw huge amounts of energy and get very hot* and the motherboard has a "features" to throttle something, possibly the CPU, on high temperatures. I tried all the solutions for the problem from here (except the last one, ...


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Search functionality should not hang if you are running in Cached Exchange Mode. In Outlook 2013: Go To File Account Settings > Account Settings Email Tab click on Change Check on Use Cached Exchange Mode. Move arrow all the way over to right to All Click Next, Click Finish As long as you have Windows Search service installed and running, your e-mail ...


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You can use c:/windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts file to block the VPN destinations. For example, add these lines will block vpn-computer1 and 2: 127.0.0.1 vpn-computer1 127.0.0.1 vpn-computer2 When VPN is connected, these entry needs to be removed, which can be done with a batch file.


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I had the same issue. Opened the laptop and found mismatched memory modules. Replaced the memory and the prof score went from 2.1 to 7.5.


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Having had some odd experiences, both as a developer and day-to-day user, with "unexplained" interactions from "the outside world", the first thing I look for (and this has been a winning bet several times) is the antivirus. With that said, I think you will want to become familiar with ProcDump ...


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A simple search will find the cause of this problem. From Steam: For those of you experiencing this (initially rather annoying) problem, have a look at your 'GPU activity'. It's possible (as in my case) that the DLC is preset to run using integrated graphics, by default. Access your GPU setting and manually force 'enemy within EXE' to run using your ...


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Scientific GPUs have ECC memory: This seems to make a big difference. According to my adivser, one can expect an error every 26 hours or so. Performance information is available over nvidia-smi. Gaming GPUs are able to use a monitor. Scientifc GPUs don't necesarily have a video out.


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At the very basics, ATA means "AT Attachment" where AT references the IBM PC/AT with a 6 MHz 80286 processor introduced 1984. Since then the ATA standard is updated continously to adopt high drive capacity and faster tranfer rates. Parallel-ATA uses 40 wire ribbon cable, while actual Serial-ATA (SATA) devices use thinner, 8 wire cables. The actual ...



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