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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Is there a way to disable Intel SpeedStep on an Ubuntu Server using a command line application?

We cannot disable it using the BIOS, because Turbo gets turned off as well as a side effect (what a crappy BIOS!). I am looking for a simple command line tool for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Server that can do ...
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Swappiness setting ignored in systcl.conf

My Ubuntu 12.04 x64 on Dell XPS 15 with 8GB of RAM has been really sluggish. After some searching I came across post about swappiness. I noticed that swappiness on my system was reported as 0 which ...
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Reinstall Ubuntu wit UEFI for better performance?

I am thinking about reinstalling Ubuntu 12.04 on a freshly formatted disk with BIOS changed to UEFI on my Asus laptop. I hope, it can boost my bootup performance, but am not sure whether it is worth ...
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Why my computer fails when converting many images in Imagemagick with one command?

After updating to Precise had a few times the following mishap: when I try to convert to pdf many (100, 200) jpegs or pngs, my system gets completely stuck and need hard reboot. Or, more fortunately, ...
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12.04 Running slow when downloading files

I've been using Ubuntu for a while now, and just upgraded to the latest version about a couple months ago. I've noticed, then and now, that 12.04 seems to run much slower on my computer and ...
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Really slow copy speed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Copying to/from NTFS partitions very slow Does writing data from ext4 to NTFS partition take a lot of time?? I get speeds upto only 70kB/s (copy). ext4 - ext4 is pretty ...
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Do I need to update my GPU drivers?

I have the following system running Ubuntu 12.04 with Wine 5.8: AMD Phenom I x4 2.8 Ghz XFX GTs 250 1GB 3GB DDR 2 Ram I have tried the 2 drivers in the additional drivers program and both have the ...
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How to get isolcpus kernel parameter working with Precise 12.04 amd64?

I've been testing this stuff trying to reserve some CPUs in a host with two Intel E5645 but I can't get it working for some reason. Steps I followed: Edit /etc/default/grub and added isolcpus=0,1 to ...
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I am experiencing slow performance on my system. How do I diagnose and fix it?

I am using ubuntu 12.04 in my laptop. This is my first experience in ubuntu. I just installed Ubuntu yesterday. I have dual OS in my laptop. The other OS is Windows 7. Comparing Windows 7 ubuntu ...
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Ubuntu SSD performance issue

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 on a 55GB Adata S599 SSD. I have a Asus M4N68T motherboard that does not support AHCI. Bootup takes a lot longer than expected and working in the system is not even close ...
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Gaming performance difference between Windows and Ubuntu

What are the pros/cons switching from Windows 7/8 to Ubuntu? I mainly develop software and play games. I obviously don't play games on my laptop that's why I give Ubuntu a try. But the whole OS ...
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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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Are there any automated functionality tests for an Ubuntu installation?

I have installed Ubuntu on my MIPS architecture machine (it is not an x86). I want to test if the applications are working well. I want to use automation test methods to do it, but how can I ...
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First time install: Ubuntu is incredibly slow.

I just installed Ubuntu, and I must admit, I have no idea what I'm doing in linux. I installed it on my old Lenovo T60, and I was surprised at how slow it runs. It's a lot slower than my 2 year old ...
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Hang during unlock, slow after that

I have problems when I leave computer on during the night, when I resume it in the morning, it becomes very slow, I often wait for few minutes until login form renders, when I login, apps freeze ...
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My intel hd 3000 + core i3 processor is performing really bad [closed]

I've used Ubuntu before on my old laptop, sporitng an AMD V-series CPU and a mobile radeon 4250, both really bad compared to my laptop now. However, with ubuntu on both computers, my old laptop ...
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Does VirtualBox permanently affect performance?

I would like to install VirtualBox as an Ubuntu testing environment. Must I permanently sacrifice system resources such as RAM? Or only when the environment is running?
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SD Card Transfer very slow

I copied some MySQL-DB stuff to my Class 6 SD card. It needed 45 min. for the transfer. Same machine with XP it does it in a few minutes, with Win7 on another machine transfer is also fine. Checked ...
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Will a package I compile myself perform better than installing from the repositories?

Does a package performance is different when it's compiled from sources, or installed from repository ? Is it possible, what during the compilation, the package will be "more adapted" (performance, ...
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Firefox consuming wildly inordinate amount of CPU

I've got a Firefox process with nothing in it but the Google home page (the "search" page, not the "homey" home page with news etc.) and this site. I've killed it and restarted it multiple times. ...
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open_counter returned with error 19

I am trying to use perf tool. I have installed ubuntu 12.04 on Pandaboard. After booting up the system, installed linux-tools. Which installed linux-tools-3.0.0-25. running the perf, gives following ...
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How can I make my PC faster? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve overall system performance? My computer is running very slow. It appears I may be running Ubuntu 10.04. Please let me know how to increase it's ...
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Why are my USB 2.0 ports stuck in low-speed 1.0 mode?

My usb ports are stuck in 1.0 mode, i cant get them to work in 2.0 mode to get my devices to work. i tried a fresh install and rebootng many times, the mouse is slow and jumpy and transfers take a ...
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Low graphic performance with Mobility Radeon HD 4200 under Unity3D

On my Lenovo Edge 11" I got Ubuntu 12.04 installed. It runs with a ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 (RS880M) and the additional ATI drivers are correctly installed ("lshw -c video" gives me a correct ...
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Is 1GB RAM with integrated graphics sufficient for Unity 3D on 12.04?

I have been using Ubuntu since Hardy Heron (8.04). I used Natty, Oneiric with Unity. But When I recently (more than 1 month now) upgraded My Ubuntu to Precise (12.04), the performance of my laptop is ...
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Why is my AMD Quad 645 CPU running at 800MHz per core on Ubuntu 12.04

I've just loaded Ubuntu 12.04 onto a brand box with an AMD 645 quad CPU with 8GB RAM. In the BIOS it says, the CPU is running at 3100MHz. However when i boot into Ubuntu 12.04 it says 800MHz? I've ...
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Lightweight browser for ubuntu jaunty

I am looking for a lightweight and stable browser for ubuntu jaunty. I tried midori, however the version from the jaunty-repository seems not to be very stable (crashes for example when going to ...
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Details window showing “unknown” driver for Graphics [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I get my graphics card to be recognized in System Info? I have Intel Graphics Card, which have model number GM965. It is on a Notebook, (Lenovo 3000 Y410). My ...
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Slow performance on HP DC7800 SFF desktop [closed]

I have installed latest Ubuntu 64 bit on the hp dc7800 with core 2 duo e6550. It has 2gb ram. Not a stellar machine, but I'm getting very poor performance. Windows and applications are slow to open ...
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Does using both tmpfs and zram make any sense?

I wondered if tmpfs and zram do negatively interfere with each other in any way? After what I've read about it I'm unsure whether there is a positive cumulative effect accomplishable with that ...
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Why I'm seeing 7 users, a abnormal usage of Virtual Memory, lots of stream connections and all process sleeping?

Using a Toshiba Satellite l645d s4025 amd dual core p320 2.1ghz 3gb ddr3 ram 250 gb hdd Below is the incomplete top report(don't know how to select all to copy) Using an Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 ...
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Compiz taking 40-30% of CPU resources, is it ok ?

On normal working with nothing opened, compiz fires up to 50% CPU usage on my machine. Which is abnormal I think. Is this a bug or is this behavior ok? I am running Ubuntu 12.04 on Intel i5 ...
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Choices of tools for graphical performance indications?

On Windows I had some choices for tools that could display how hard my CPU or disk was working, in a graphical form so I could get a quick view of what's going on. Is there some analogous set of ...
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I have slow performance on my Ubuntu installation, what can I try? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I improve overall system performance? Everything I do on Ubuntu takes ages, what can I do to speed things up?
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Install Desktop Environments or use different distributions [duplicate]

For you that have tested this, should we use Ubuntu and install different Desktop Environments (KDE/XFCE...) or we should install different distributions (Kubuntu/Xubuntu...). Are there any notable ...
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Why ubuntu 12.04 Operating System too slow..?

I was using ubuntu 10.10 from last year. every thing was Ok with that. recently I've installed Ubuntu 12.04 in place of 10.10, after installing that on my Dell laptop, I started to feel uncomfortable. ...
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Will dual booting Ubuntu alongside Windows affect Windows recovery or overall processing speed?

I want to install Ubuntu 11.10 on Lenovo y560 as a dual boot alongside Windows 7. Will this installation harm the auto recovery of Windows 7 and how will it effect the processing speed?
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Why is ecryptfs so slow when running du -s?

I have been using Ubuntu's encrypted home folder system for some time now and have not really noticed any slowdowns except in two specific cases. When I run du -s in my home folder, it takes several ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 slow performance [duplicate]

Just installed Ubuntu 12.04 64-bit on my ACER 5742 laptop. The performance is really slow. While browsing pictures in Google, occasionally my system just freezes for about 5 seconds. Also, ...
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Why is there no oprofile in 12.04?

I've upgraded a ubuntu server from 11.10 to 12.04. The oprofile package i installed is missed. As shown in https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/precise/+source/oprofile/0.9.6-1.3ubuntu1, oprofile seems to ...
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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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Ubuntu running slowly after installation and also hangs

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my machine alongside Windows 7. After that, Ubuntu runs slowly on my system and sometimes it hangs. What could be the problem? System specification: Memory: 1 ...
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VNC session very slow in 12.04 compared to older versions

I have a 12.04 X64 Desktop install on a machine where I previously had 10.10. Previously I've used both the built-in vino and tightvncserver to provide the VNC session. I connect to them using Chicken ...
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Bad 3D Performance in Ubuntu 12.04

I already posted a question before but I didn't really get any advice/help. I'll be a bit more brief/general in hope it'll help. I have an MSI HD 7850 with the Catalyst 12.4 drivers installed. I've ...
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How can I turn off “eye candy” and make Ubuntu run as fast as possible?

For example in Windows XP (and onwards), you can Right Click My PC -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings and disable a whole slew of features that turn off eye candy and make the computer ...
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What to do against game performance drop in 12.04 when using unity (3D)?

I experience a huge drop in game performance since my fresh install of ubuntu 12.04 My PC consists of an Nvidia Geforce GTX 460, AMD Phenom II X4 965 CPU and 4GB of RAM and I use nvidias proprietary ...
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Can I use Ubuntu on this desktop (for gaming)?

This is my first post. I know there are a lot of VERY similar questions like this, but no one has my PC specs or i didn't found one with them. Well, here is the story. Since 2010 i have been using ...
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How can I fix the lag when running Ubuntu installed on a USB drive?

I recently did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04. I did it on a 16GB USB flash drive, with 964MB for swap and 13.97GB for ext3. System specs: 2GB DDR2 RAM (800~ frequency range) 3.14GHz single core ...
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Cross-platform performance testing tool

I want to compare operating systems by performance on my hardware. Is there a cross-platform tool for doing it? I need results of CPU and graphics performance.
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Can an external flash or hard drive be used to boost performance, similar to Windows' ReadyBoost?

I have a number of spare external hard disk drives lying about the place and I was wondering if there is any practical way of using an external hard drive or USB flash memory drive to boost ...