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Routed by my slow router

Why is my brand-new router massively slowing my Internet connection, even when everything's connected with cables? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 12, 2007 - 7 answers

 

Why is System using 85% of my CPU?

The task manager on my WIndows XP SP2 box shows 100% CPU usage constantly. Whenever I'm not doing anything actually resource intensive (like using Firefox, sigh), "System" uses up 80-90% of the CPU. This is not normal [more inside]
posted by signal on Jul 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Why is my PC is too slow for DSL

I just got DSL broadband and, while it is the slowest of AT&T's 3 levels of speed, it still is only a bit faster than the old dialup. A test using a borrowed laptop on the same phone line was much faster, so something is slowing things down in my PC, but what? Processor is old and slow, at 400Mhz, 375mb ram, 4 gigs hd free space, Win ME, running MSIE and Opera browsers. My desktop has about 100+ items on it. Could this be my problem?
posted by fkeese on Jul 1, 2007 - 26 answers

Apache limiting my transfer speed?

Apache Filter: Why are my downloads so slow from my web server running Apache? [more inside]
posted by mjger on Mar 22, 2007 - 9 answers

XP unusably slow after STOP errors and running checkdisk - what's going on?

So it's come to this - I see no other option than to ask a "help me fix my PC" question. After some troubleshooting the STOP errors seem to have been resolved, XP now boots successfully but is excruciating slow to the point of being unusable. Details and specs below the fold. [more inside]
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane on Mar 4, 2007 - 25 answers

Java?! More like molasses.

Why are java apps so slow on OS X? [more inside]
posted by photoslob on Dec 23, 2006 - 16 answers

Outlook 2007 worked so well for months....

Outlook 2007 suddenly freezes at the splash screen... [more inside]
posted by tiamat on Nov 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Packets at a snail's pace

Very strange internet connectivity issue driving me batty.... [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Nov 16, 2006 - 6 answers

Slow P2P downloads.

As of two weeks ago, my (entirely legal) Soulseek downloads won't go any faster than exactly 4.1 k/s. If I download more than one file at a time, they'll each go at 2 k/s; four at a time go at 1 k/s each; any more than that and they all fail. My internet is otherwise speedy and the relevant ports are forwarded. Why is this happening to me? What have I done wrong?
posted by stammer on Sep 24, 2006 - 6 answers

Sloooow flushing toilet.

This toilet has been good to me. However, it has become so slow in flushing that it barely flushes at all. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Jul 26, 2006 - 6 answers

Laptop slow to shut down

My six month old Dell laptop (WIN XP) has started taking forever shutting down. It seems sometimes like five minutes or more. I recently switched from wireless broadband to Telco ISPs which I suspect may have something to do with the problem. I've done Ad-aware, found some stuff I removed but it doesn't solve the problem. Can anyone suggest what the pblm might be and how I can fix it without spending a lot of precious cash?
posted by NorthCoastCafe on Jul 12, 2006 - 9 answers

My computer is getting old and cranky.

My computer has been laggy since I got my dual-dvi card...anything left to do that I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by Sonic_Molson on May 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Can Windows be configured to combat processor-hogging applications?

Is there a way to "reserve" a certain % of the processor for Windows, no matter how much any individual application requests? [more inside]
posted by stuckie on May 3, 2006 - 13 answers

What's wrong with my Powerbook?

Mac gurus: the last couple of days my 867 TiPowerbook has been behaving erratically. The transfer rate of the harddrive seems to have slowed right down, so even though the drive sounds normal, it's accessing all the time. Lots and lots of drive activity and pinwheeling, but barely any results. [more inside]
posted by BorgLove on May 2, 2006 - 13 answers

How do I run faster?

How do I train to run faster, over distance? [more inside]
posted by smackfu on Apr 26, 2006 - 14 answers

iTunes, Mozilla Vs. WMP, IE.

iTunes and Mozilla. Slow? or fast? [more inside]
posted by Devileyezz on Apr 8, 2006 - 13 answers

Slow WiFi

Slow WiFi: I have a Linksys WRTP54G Wireless Router plugged into a cable modem. When I connect my laptop to it via an ethernet cable I get downloads of 6mbps, but when I flip to the WiFi connection that drops to ~4mbps. Laptop shows an Excellent Signal Strength and a connection speed of 54Mbps. What gives? Laptop is an IBM T42 running XPSP2.
posted by zeoslap on Mar 7, 2006 - 11 answers

Slowwwww file sorting in OS X

Why are files in OS X taking so darn long to place themselves alphabetically after being named? [more inside]
posted by quadog on Feb 23, 2006 - 6 answers

Help speeding up a WinXP machine?

Please help a Mac Guy diagnose and correct a problem with a Windows XP machine! [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Nov 25, 2005 - 22 answers

Please help me move my files from overloaded laptop to external drives

I've overfilled my laptop and want to move files to external drives. But moving keeps getting stopped for various reasons (and what the hell is a cyclic redundancy??) and I'm going nuts. Please send me your speed tips and procedure suggestions! The specifics: Toshiba satellite running windows xp; total c drive size 55.8gb, free space 12.6. External drives: f (in fat 32 which I'd like to reformat to ntfs) has a capacity of 152gb, and has only 66.1 free. Newest drive g (i've just formatted it to ntfs) has a capacity of 111gb, with 103 left after my abortive attempts to put an image disc of c on it. Thanks ... [more inside]
posted by thewhynotgirl on Nov 1, 2005 - 14 answers

Why my Windows XP laptop slows down overnight

I have been noticing a problem with my work laptop which is running XP SP2. If left up and running all night, then on most mornings i find out it is running very sluggishly with 100% CPU utilization (from the graph). First I thought may be it is firefox with its large number of open tabs. But I am not so sure anymore. killing firefox does not help. Also when I look at the CPU column in task manager i cant quite figure out what is causing that 100% utilization. None of high numbers on the CPU column look suspect. Obviously I am missing something here. One thing I am not 100% sure, and there may be something to it, is that I may have seen this problem more often when I am using wifi instead of wired LAN at home. But I need to verify this. After this happens I usually have to reboot the machine after bringing it back to work. I am able to suspend the machine and bring it to work and plug it into the work LAN. But unless I reboot it it really runs slow. Just logging out does not help. [more inside]
posted by flyby22 on Oct 19, 2005 - 18 answers

Not-Lame Country Music

Not-Lame Country Music: I understand that some Alice in Chains, Nirvana, etc. , songs have a strong "country" flavor, deep guitars, slow vocals, tons of mood, while still rocking. I know nothing about country music, and most of what I've heard doesn't do it for me. What dark, slow and moody Country music would you recommend?
posted by signal on Jan 19, 2005 - 60 answers

How can I troubleshoot my Mac's ADSL connection?

How can I troubleshoot my Mac's ADSL connection? A few weeks ago my download speed suddenly dropped to about 4kilobits/sec after I tried to set up a firewall. I then turned off the firewall, but the speed hasn't returned. I'm running Mac OSX 10.3.4 on an eMac with 1GHz processor and 1GB RAM (confirmed intact by profiler) on a simple ADSL router (YahooBB, the leader in Japan) with an ethernet hub. Interestingly, upload is fine at 500 kbps, and my older slot-loading iMac 350MHz is zooming along fine on the same connection at 1150kbps download speed. TCP/IP settings are simple, DHCP auto-assigns the IP.
posted by planetkyoto on Jun 8, 2004 - 11 answers

Troubleshooting a Hard-Working HP

My computer (HP Pavilion PIII running XP) has been straining lately. It's slow to load programs, occasionally hangs for a second on simple tasks and throws out some odd flashing on bootup that wasn't there before.

If I was going to address this, how would I go about it step-by-step? Preferably without simply reformatting and reinstalling because I don't want to sort out my backups unless I absolutely have to.
posted by Mayor Curley on Apr 6, 2004 - 6 answers

Slow XP Pro

My XP Pro system slows down a lot when accesing large amounts of data on a CD (say copying a whole CD to a HD). This doesn't seem logical. Is there some cache-, buffer- or something- setting I can tweak?
posted by signal on Jan 16, 2004 - 2 answers

My Machine Plays DOS Games Too Speedily -- Can I Slow Them Down?

I saw a thread about DOS games, but I'm wondering - I can play DOS games on my system, but my modern computer's speed makes most games move too fast to be that enjoyable (I'm thinking of the original Oregon Trail, in particular). Is there any way to slow them down, or is this a lost cause?
posted by agregoli on Dec 31, 2003 - 9 answers

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