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Dec
3
comment Page file becomes enormous
It is often recommended to have PF = 1.5x-2xRAM, so it growing to 1GB isn't that bad. I'm starting to run out of ideas - either your problem is very specific (e.g. related to a single piece of software), or System Properties will not show you 512MB (for some reason only a part of that is visible to Windows), or there's a hardware issue and PF size has nothing to do with it.
Dec
3
comment Page file becomes enormous
"Stuttering" after quitting a video game should be expected with 0.5GB RAM - for a limited time after quitting, that is (Windows is reading back to RAM data it put into the swapfile to run your game from RAM). How much does your browser consume when this happens? Right now my uses 0.6GB RES (1.6GB VIRT), with way too many tabs open.
Dec
3
comment Page file becomes enormous
On the 1st boot, how much memory is reported as used by task manager? An extreme minimum for XP is somewhere between 75..90MB, while "clean" XP (with no software installed) should use <120 MB after logging in. I would find values above 200MB abnormal - unless, of course, you have many startup applications.
Oct
17
comment Is there a way to make nautilus display the “recently used” files and directories?
Sorry, didn't notice the 'gnome3' tag - I'm on Debian/Gnome 2.30.2. In 3.2, those items might be called "History" or something like that (I don't currently have access to any Gnome 3.2 machines). Quick DDGoing hints that "Places" might now be an extension to Gnome3.
Aug
17
comment xinit doesn't run on Cygwin GUI desktop
I wonder if KDE for windows will fit your bill.
Apr
30
comment Gradual Disk Errors
Taking into account 'couple weeks of uptime', I guess some I/O or filter driver might be failing and getting unloaded; maybe the DMA HDD access is reverted to one of the PIO modes - which could explain the very slow shutdown. I'm not sure Windows-7 was initially designed for 'couple weeks of uptime'.
Sep
11
comment Mobile power source
+1 for "no inverter needed"
Aug
26
comment Multilingual Windows XP: Making it switch to English when I use my IDE
I do not have Windows at hand, but AFAIR it remembers keyboard layouts either per window or per application. Either way, if you never switch to Hebrew in the IDE, then it will never be the case that you have to switch from Hebrew.
Aug
26
comment Disable Frequency Scaling “ondemand” daemon on Ubuntu 10.04
sysfsutils provides that 'single config line' you are looking for. Installation of cpufrequtils is not really needed - it just provides a convenient way to examine CPU frequency scaling features.
Aug
26
comment Disable Frequency Scaling “ondemand” daemon on Ubuntu 10.04
Neither cpufrequtils, nor sysfsutils is a "manager". Citation 1: This package contains two utilities for inspecting and setting the CPU frequency through both the sysfs and procfs CPUFreq kernel interfaces. Citation 2: Sysfs is a virtual file system in Linux kernel 2.5+ that provides a tree of system devices. This package provides the program 'systool' to query it: it can list devices by bus, class, and topology. However, I've added another solution (which I haven't tested myself, unlike the initial solution).
Aug
23
comment Is it still necessary to shut down computers?
I heard bare-bones Windows'95 was rock-stable for months of uptime... especially with no other programs running.
Aug
23
comment Reducing temperature of hot laptop
Cool'n'quiet isn't (directly) about the fan speed, it is about CPU frequency and voltage. If your CPU and BIOS support that feature, then there should be an entry named exactly Cool'N'Quiet. However, I assume that if you have options to decrease processor speed, then it is already enabled.
Aug
23
comment How to turn off the Ubuntu initialization sound?
I believe instead of sudo gedit /etc/gdm/custom.conf it is more Linuxxy to use gksu gedit /etc/gdm/custom.conf (as sudo is for console commands, while gksu/gksudo/kdesu are for X/graphical applications).
Jun
4
comment Some apps very slow to load on Windows 7, copy & paste very slow
On second thought, if and only if Mike's AVG resident shield is configured to scan all the files, scan on close, and also has cache disabled, and also has a very frequent scheduled scanning - then it might be the case that computer gets sluggish at times. But it is quite unlikely.
Jun
4
comment Some apps very slow to load on Windows 7, copy & paste very slow
Yes, antivirus can, but not in the manner described by Mike. On my 4-core AMD system with AVG, for example, VLC takes definitely < 10 seconds to start (can't measure right now, I'm at work).
Jun
4
comment Getting jerky backgrounds on Windows 7 on iMac 27'' 2560x1440
I'd blame the cable, speculating that you just cannot notice that effect while gaming. However, if you only get undesired effects under Windows, my blames have no grounds.
Jun
4
comment Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk
@Andrew Vit - it might be the case that writing to that Pending Bad Sector will fix it (remove the sector from the list of Pending without adding to the list of Reallocated).
Jun
4
comment Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk
There is a thing to consider: my experience of 'fixing' Pending sector on a NTFS partition consisted of 1) identifying the exact data sector, 2) writing to it, and 3) resetting internal NTFS bad sectors counter (which was the only step I documented at bogdan.org.ua/2010/03/01/…). I am not sure if HFS+ also maintains such a counter of bad blocks - if it does, that may be an additional problem, if you want to recover that single sector.
Jun
4
comment Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk
@Spiff - you are correct, I made an error trying to avoid lengthy explanation of how block's data and CRC fields work together to ensure data integrity, and thus requiring a write operation to check if its a physical block problem or just corrupted CRC (which is fixable). Actually, I am not aware of any modern HDDs performing remap on read...
Jun
3
comment Upscaling audio from 2.1 to 5.1 in Windows 7
Sorry, that wasn't clear before the edit. Have you had a look at superuser.com/questions/96796/… ?