Questions about improving the performance/speed of Ubuntu. Note that this is a general tag, and should be accompanied by another tag indicating what kind of performance you are referring to.

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Constant HIGH CPU Usage - even after reboot with no applications

Here is a PROBLEM, a lists of my ATTEMPTS to solve it, and a PLEA for help: [As indicated, I have read all similar 'answered' questions, and have not found an answer that works for me.] ...
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Slow loading of pages (browser performance)

I have Ubuntu 12.10 installed. I notice for certain webpages, firefox and chrome both load them very slowly. In fact, while text content loads quickly, both of the browsers seem to be loading ...
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KVM guest performance impacted by very long virtblk disk wait times

I have several KVM guests running on Ubuntu 14.04 using libvirt. Their performance is very poor. The intermittent nature of the poor performance with an order of magnitude variability in simple ...
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ls on home directory very slow

A while ago, I accidentally created hundreds of thousands of files in my home directory which I subsequently deleted. Since then however, running ls in my home directory has been extremely slow ...
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Poor Gaming Performance in ubuntu

I'm seeing a problem in Ubuntu 12.04 and later. When I boot into a video game like Half Life 2, I get massive lag (FPS drops) and my CPU runs at 100%. My system even lags for games like SuperTuxCart ...
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System very slow except while running Smartmontools selftest

I am quite new to Ubuntu. I have a L430 Lenovo with i5-3210M CPU @ 2.50GHz × 4 , 4GB Ram, dual boot with Windows 7. HDD 500 GB TOSHIBA MK5061GSY. Every 10/15 seconds the HDD light turns on for 2-3 ...
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Slow performance while copying large files to external peripherals

Since I upgraded to Ubuntu 12.10, I have been having many problems with External Storage devices like Hard Disk and pen drives. Sometimes, my external HDD (WD Passport 500 GB) is not detected at ...
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very high IOWait + extremely slow hdparm -tT

I have been running 12.04 on my Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E751 for almost a year without any problems, and then several days ago I noticed a very high CPU IOwait that makes the system poorly responsive ...
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Hard Drive too slow

My computer has been going too slow since I remember, I tried several tips I found on Internet but nothing worked. After spending some time searching about the problem I found that it might be my hard ...
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ubuntu 12.10 64-bit consuming 100% cpu power and high battery

I am new linux user, installed ubuntu 12.10 (64-bit) from wubi (getting boot option (windows7/ubuntu). But after opening ubuntu, laptop gets heat up, fan running very fast and performance is very ...
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Does enabling ACLs have an effect on performance?

I'm looking at a web application that needs ACLs enabled. Are there any benchmarks or other documents to show what potential impact ACL does{n't} have when the file system is under heavy load? Also, ...
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What does this fix for non-responsive mouse and keyboard do?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and found that after about 20 minutes of work that my mouse and keyboard became very unresponsive. So I found the following fix (logging in as root - careful!!!): sudo -i To ...
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Minecraft runs really weird in Ubuntu 12.10

When I have Vsync on my framerate is capped to 30 instead of 60. Also, when I go fullscreen the mouse seems to have really fast acceleration and the game looks really jumpy. I could run this on ...
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What flags can I add or are added when loading the kernel to enhance Sandy/Ivy Bridge performance

Are there any flags in Ubuntu 12.04 that I can add or are added already that when loading the kernel it enhances the performance of Sandy or Ivy Bridge hardware? In my case my motherboard is the ...
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How to perform a CPU/disk intensive operation without drastically affecting other processes?

I am running a Minecraft server on Ubuntu 12.04. The operation I'm trying to perform is a git clone, as part of a new backup system I'm implementing. I would like to be able to do things like this ...
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Very high IOWAIT times

I have a large system - 128GB, a couple of RAID0 filesystems (6TB and 2TB) with an SSD cache, 8 cores (16 with hyperthreading), running Ubuntu 12.04 64bit. When I try to write a large file I get very ...
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SD card write speed not as advertised, on 14.04 at least

I bought a new SD card and the claimed performance is a long way from my benchmark. Is there something I can do improve the transfer speed when working with this SD card? Information on the disk: $ ...
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Former Windows XP systems are slow after installing 14.04

I just replaced windows XP on our work computer with Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit, and it runs really slowly, only after logging into an account and the screen sometimes flashes. It doesn't fill the whole ...
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How to fix System Settings window lag

I wanted to open System Settings window and I waited ~30s. Then the window was opened. My machine has an Intel Core i7 processor and 16GB RAM. What produces a lag in opening System Settings? How can ...
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Ubuntu won't finish booting

So I have a Windows 8 PC that also can run Ubuntu (my computer is a Dell Inspiron) but every time I try to run Ubuntu it takes about 2 minutes and then shuts off my computer. I don't understand why. ...
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12.04 to 14.04 update slows down the system

I recently updated from 12.04 to 14.04 LTS. But the system is very slow. Everything works, but slowly. What could be the reason?. I have 4GB RAM, 10GB swap space and 300 GB of hard disk. Also the ...
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What is causing Ubuntu on MacBook Pro to have high CPU usage?

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 on a MacBook Pro 10,1. However, after installing, the kworker process consumes over 90% of CPU usage. I tried the following: (Suggested in this answer) Execute grep . -r ...
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RAID6 Ubuntu rebuild - how to calculate best parameters for fastest rebuild

I am doing a resync on a RAID6 array and I am looking at some 2 days to complete. I looked here for hints on how to speed it up, but I have, instead, managed to slow it down! HW details are: 10x 4TB ...
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Acer C7 Chromebook running 13.10 slow Performance Graphics?

I see others are having simiar issues but I haven't found a fix. Instead of the Intel fdriver, Ubuntu showing gallium driver. Honestly, the performance is sluggish, I wasn't even sure it was Video ...
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Basics about Nvidia GPU and graphics performance

Well, I'm new in this OS, and I already love it. Before I had Win7 but I'm not coming back. I installed it yesterday in my laptop, a HP Pavilion dv4-1528la with a GPU Nvidia GeForce 105M. Installed ...
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Window manager affects 3d performance - how to work around it?

I learned the hard way that enabling compositing VM will affect 3d performance. What can I do today to be able play games on linux with no performance penalty? I guess I could create user with ...
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Laptop with Battery is faster than Power Connection at Ubuntu 13.04

Recently, I found a very strange phenomenon on my laptop. When the laptop is plug-in the power, then the CPUs work slowly, but when it is unplugged, i.e. it works with battery, then the CPUs work with ...
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Gnome3 runs faster when running game

I'm having a bizarre, and kind of funny, "problem"(if you can call it such). Ordinarily, Gnome shell is quite choppy on my system. Sure, it's smooth "enough" and fast "enough" but it most certainly ...
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Streaming video on Win 8.1 vs Firefox on Ubuntu 12.04

I have a dual boot system, Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8.1; just an experimental spare computer, the point here being that the hardware is identical. When using IE and Windows 8.1, I can view streaming ...
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My Laptop is running very slow when I installed ubuntu

I recently installed Ubuntu on my laptop, I have a pretty decent configuration that supports windows 8 very fluently but Ubuntu lags a lot while operating. This is my Laptop's configuration: ...
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Ubuntu 13.04 is operating too slow while plugged in for charging

Hardware: • 8GB RAM • 1TB hard disk • AMD A8 Quad Core processor My problem is: As soon as I plug in my computer for charging, my system performance gets extremely slow. Please help me out.
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Which is the light one? Openbox or IceWM for ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Which is the light one? Openbox or IceWM for ubuntu 12.04 LTS? i want to install on Ubuntu LTS, and i really need it because the hardware accelerate of unity 3D make my battery drain faster on ASUS ...
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GeForce 8600M GT: Nouveau performance better than proprietary driver?

After installing Ubuntu 12.10 on this computer, I installed NVIDIA's proprietary driver, since I might want to play a few games. I soon started having problems with video and audio. I'd be watching a ...
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Ubunut 12.10 64 bit using 100% CPU

Configuration Ubuntu 12.10(64 bit) i3 Processor Ruby 1.9.3 Java openjdk(6 or 7) Any ruby or java command using 100% CPU. It works perfectly fine with ubuntu 10 or 11 (32 bit).
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CPU performance decreases with AC power

I am doing CPU-intensive work on my Thinkpad X220 laptop and I find the performance bad. Interestingly, the CPU becomes more powerful if I disconnect the AC power and run only on battery! It does slow ...
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Fglrx 13.1 weird performance behaviour

Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 on my laptop with an ATI Radeon HD 5450. The open-source drivers perform well for the desktop environment, but not so with games. I just switched because I thought ...
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Handling a very large number of network interface aliases

I have what is probably a bit of an unusual problem. I'm developing a network stress testing tool for internal use, and one of the things I need is to simulate a lot of entities each with their own IP ...
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How do I speed up initial login?

The initial login on my Ubuntu 12.04 machine can take anywhere from 45 seconds to two minutes. If I log out, then log back in again, the login time takes between 4 and 7 seconds. How can I find out ...
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Openbox overhead is similar to that with gnome-panel

I just installed openbox via sudo apt-get install openbox. It already has obconf, btw. I noticed that when I logged into my openbox session instead of the one I usually use (gnome-panel and NOT ...
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How to determine what applications affect xorg/compiz load

Is there a way to tell which application causes huge cpu usage and huge load for xorg and compiz processes?
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More than FOUR minutes to boot up my Ubuntu 12.04. What could be the problem?

I cannot tell exactly when this happened, but surely after upgrading to Ubuntu 12.04, but on my last bootup it lasted from selecting the distro on the GRUB menu to full usability 4 minutes 22 seconds ...
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Ubuntu behaving very slowly: 2 hr boot time (ata1 hard resetting link / device reported invalid CHS sector 0)

I have a fresh install of ubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot with windows 8.1 on my HP Pavillion laptop. The windows 8 partition works fine (i.e. boots quickly, performs well etc). The Ubuntu partition is a ...
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Configure samba to fully use a gigabit connection

Is there a way to configure Samba in a way so that it can actually fully use a gigabit LAN connection when only performing a single big (>10GB) file transfer? On several Ubuntu servers in several ...
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If I change desktop environment will I loose all settings and software I already have. Ubuntu to XUbuntu

I installed Ubuntu 14 (64bit) and later I found that Xubuntu is more lighter. I would like to have better performance than visually appealing UI. I work on ruby on rails and I have setup everything ...
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slow hard disk Ubunto 14.04 ext4 on thinkpad dual boot

Ext4 - is it slower? Have a Thinkpad with 8GB drive , 4 processors. Intel® Core™ i3-3110M CPU @ 2.40GHz × 4 . Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with updates applied. File reading is very slow. IDE STS hangs when a ...
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Extremely poor performance after graphics card upgrade

I have an AMD a10-5800k APU that I was using for graphics because it has integrated graphics. Knowing that I can't use AMD Dual Graphics on Linux, I got a dedicated card anyway because I can use Dual ...
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High CPU load - Ubuntu 14.04

I noticed that sometimes when browsing (with other processes in the background), I get very high CPU load for the browser process (over 100%) and the computer becomes really slow. I tried switching ...
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What broke Firefox? After upgrade to 14.04 Firefox plugin-container eats 179% CPU

After my recent upgrade from 13.10 to 14.04 Firefox plugin-container eats 179% CPU, even after disabling all plugins and restarting the browser. Before the upgrade I did not have this problem, though ...
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WIFI performance poor on lenovo X201 running Ubuntu 14.04

I am running the latest Ubuntu on a Lenovo thinkpad X201, but noticed that the networking with wireless was performing poorly. To confirm that it was not the router or any other external source of the ...
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“not authorized to perform operation” message in Xfce remote desktop

On ubuntu 14.04 i installed Xfce to maker remote desktop working. when i rdp to the machine and while performing some tasks like mounting removable usb media I get "not authorized to perform ...