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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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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Why is 12.04 slowing down my home network? [closed]

I have two PCs on my network; one is a Windows 7 PC and the other is running Ubuntu 12.04. My PC is the one with Ubuntu and it is slowing down the network not only for me but for my husband as well. ...
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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 ...
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Removing Annoying Delay in optirun

Can I somehow remove the ~4 seconds delay present in calls to optirun? I need my compiler-run iterations to run faster. Does bumblebeed play a role in this? I'm sitting on Ubuntu 12.04 on an ASUS ...
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Unity 3D Display Lag [closed]

I find that there is quite a lot of lag when using Unity after upgrading to Precise. It seems that when I first start up the computer, everything is fine, but then if I put the computer on standy for ...
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Ubuntu is really slow

I installed Ubuntu through out Windows. I know it should go a little slow, but it is quite a slow and my chipset makes noise as it where working really hard. Windows 7 works fine. My computer is an ...
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How do I install Anything-sync-daemon?

From the Arch Linux wiki: Anything-sync-daemon (asd) is a tiny shell script designed to manage target directories in tmpfs and to periodically sync them back to your physical disc (HDD/SSD). This ...
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High CPU usage while playing Flash

When I play video on YouTube CPU usage rises to 100% in both Firefox and Chrome. What I'm running: Processor Intel Core2Duo E4500 2 x 2.2GHz Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 with latest updates Flash Plugin ...
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Will Ubuntu go faster with Ubuntu 2D instead of Ubuntu 3D?

I tried both Ubuntu 3D and 2D, and it looks as if it goes fast in both, except when I open the dash menu (in 3D), it goes too slow. If I resize the Dash, it goes a little slowly, but not too much. Is ...
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Is it normal for compiz to consume 40% of my CPU with no other programs running?

When I have no other programs running, compiz takes up at least 40% of my CPU. Is this normal? If it is normal, is there anyway I could make this program take a smaller percentage?
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Shared folder access from ubuntu is too slow

I've a NAS. From a windows machine it takes 1 or 2 seconds to access shared folders. From Ubuntu (11.10) it takes half a minute only to shows me the credential dialog box and another half to log in ...
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Poor Xorg Intel GM45 Performance after 12.04 Upgrade

Just upgraded to 12.04 and my video performance feels a lot worse. Running an Intel GM45 with dual 1280x1900 screens. When I switch to a single screen performance is much better. This was the same ...
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Ubuntu or Xubuntu for old PC with P4 2.8Ghz, 2GB RAM?

What should I install on an older PC with a Pentium 4 2.8 Ghz processor and 2GB RAM? Ubuntu 12.04 or Xubuntu 12.04? Or lets ask: would Xubuntu run much smoother than Ubuntu on this old computer?
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Why does sort perform much faster on my Slackware server? [closed]

I have a powerful machine with 32GB RAM, 10TB hard disk storage, and an Intel Core i7 3.3Ghz processor. We installed Ubuntu Server 11.10 and tried some scripts: the most impressive was a sort file.txt ...
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Huge performance issues with nVidia GeForce 7100

There are several reports that say that there are serious performance issues using 12.04 and nVidia 7100. Are there any work-a-round in sight?
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Does creating and working with a encrpyed folder using “ecryptfs-utils” pose any extra pressure on the CPU?

I was thinking about creating a folder which I only can access. I want to know if I create the private folder, does it going to degrade the cpu performance as it may result in heavy encrypting and ...
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Poor System performance on my machine running Ubuntu 12.04(Beta 2 updated to the present moment)

Why is it that my system dies when multitasking(it is happening from 11.10) on Ubuntu11.10(Unity), Kubuntu 11.10(KDE) and Deepin Linux which is based on 11.10(Gnome-Shell) The thing is that I thought ...
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My logon and logout taking too much time ! is there a way to make them fast ?

I regularly use bleachbit to clean my system. Though Login and Logout now taking lots of time.Is there a way to make at least Login faster ? I have done some Kernel updates. I have three different ...
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How do I know if I'm getting the most out of my video card?

My computer at home is a bit lacking, so I want to make sure I'm getting the most out of it while I can. Generally speaking, here are the specs: 4GB Memory AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor ...
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Intel Graphics Board doesn't run great at Ubuntu. Help me?

It's my first ask here, so sorry for something... I have a notebook ( 3Gb Ram, Core 2 Duo @ 2,1Ghz , Intel Graphics 4 1GB Onboard) and when I open more than 3, 4 softwares, and try to alternate ...
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My laptop hangs a lot

My laptop is 1G ram and 120G hard-disk 1.68HZ processor , I've both Ubuntu and Windows7 on my machine For the last few days, my laptop, running Ubuntu 11.10 has been hanging a lot. A lot of the time, ...
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Why is rvalue write in shared memory array serialised? [closed]

I'm using CUDA 4.0 on a GPU with computing capability 2.1. One of my device functions is the following: device void test(int n, int* itemp) // itemp is shared memory pointer { const int tid = ...
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How to speedup Ubuntu when user home directory on NIS/NFS?

I discovered that Ubuntu 11.04 is kinda slow when you have your home directory on NFS, even when NIS itself doesn't have any performence issues. Still it seems that many applications including ...
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Why does Ubuntu/Linux's UI performance seem to be so much slower than Windows? [closed]

I'm a long time Linux advocate and user (since around '98). I rarely boot up Windows, but when I do, it's secretly frustrating to me how fast things seem to be. For example, when you type in Ubuntu ...
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System Slow After Uprading Ubuntu

i have an ubuntu network machine which has release of 10.04.1 LTS Lucid. on this system i have apache, postgresql and django. for some app. development i have to install php and php-curl... due to ...
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NTFS access very slow , perhaps a hang

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 about a month ago. Very nice. I dual boot it with Windows and have run it on VirtualBox. I hope to transition from Windows to Linux this year. I have many files in various ...
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How to diagnose Ubuntu CPU spikes / IO wait?

I'm using Ubuntu and every couple minutes it goes unresponsive for a half second to a full second, which isn't normally a problem but makes trying to code extremely frustrating when your trying to hit ...
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How well does Intel 3000 HD work?

Right now i have notebook with Nvidia 8400M GS (I know, it's not good card) and it's impossible to work normally when i'll plugin external monitor (1920x1080). Windows 7 can deal with it without ...
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Make ubuntu gnome faster by reducing graphics quality

I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 on VirtualBox and performance is really bad. It takes seconds to respond to a click. Is it possible to reduce the graphics rendering quality or other unnecessary things, to ...
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How can I pre-cache image thumbnails? [duplicate]

I have several frequently-updated folders that contain thousands of high resolution JPGs. The first time I browse into any of them, it takes a long time for Nautilus to generate all the thumbnails. ...
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How do I prevent Ubuntu gradually slowing down to a stop?

I really do not know what is causing the problem of my desktop environment (D.E.) gradually slowing down. It seems to happen in Gnome 3.2, LXDE, XFCE, and KDE. I am running Ubuntu 11.10 and this ...
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Good way to run Java and Eclipse from a ramdisk

It is often suggested to me that to improve the performance of the Eclipse development environment, that I should move the Java JDK/JVM (and possibly Eclipse) to a Ramdisk. I know that the Ubuntu has ...
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How to troubleshoot a slow wireless connection (step by step)?

I am looking for a standard approach to troubleshooting slow wireless connections, regardless of what card or wireless router you have. Pings to the gw in a simple network less than 10 ft away should ...
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ATI Radeon 5800 series dual monitor unity not 3D accelerated

When I had a single monitor setup, without Xinerama, with my current setup of Ubuntu 11.10, ATI 5800 series card, Unity showed transparencies, shadows, etc. (although graphics was reported as ...
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How do I measure performance of a virtual server?

I've got a VPS running Ubuntu. Being a virtual server, I understand that it shares resources with unknown number of other servers, and I'm noticing that it's considerably slower than my desktop ...
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Slow USB 3.0 speeds

Long time forum forager, first time poster. I bought a Toshiba 500 GB usb 3.0 hard drive last week and instantly ran home to see how fast I could push it. On my desktop (that I built) I was able to ...
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Freshly installed system boots slow - unable to understand kernel messages [closed]

When my Ubuntu 10.04 PC stopped booting from one day to the next, I assumed that it is a boot loader problem. I managed to boot from a 11.10 live cd and installed a fresh 11.10 next to the old ...
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Java GUI extremely slow

I'm writing a Java app and the GUI is extremely slow on my Ubuntu 11.10 64bit setup. It takes a few seconds to respond to some action. It runs flawlessly on both Max OS X and Windows 7, it actually ...
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Unity or Unity2D, which will be fastest on a high spec computer?

I have a decent laptop. i7 quad 2.8, 8gb ram, and Nvidia nvs3100m. I wonder which of unity 3d and 2d that would be fastest on my system. Sure its hard to tell. And the question I'm seeking answer ...
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Slow flash on certain web pages

When trying to use www.songsterr.com for listening guitar tablatures i get a few second lag between diplay and audio. Also, while playing on chesscube.com, moving the pieces is quite horrible because ...
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How to reduce TCP latency for gaming?

I use Ubuntu for gaming. In competitive gaming every millisecond matters. I know that many people who use Windows use something called Leatrix Latency Fix which is basically a script that modify ...
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What processes should be ioniced for a responsive desktop?

My goal is to intelligently and permanently ionice the processes on my desktop for responsiveness under heavy disk and network load. By permanently, I mean that any changes made to the system will ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 x64 and AMD Processor slow performance

I'm having a problem with the last distributive of Ubuntu. The problem is that with an Intel DualCore E7500, 4GB of RAM DDR3-1600 and x32 bits type of OS with PAE enabled, I have not met performance ...
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Which directories at / is it safeish to move to a slower (but much larger) secondary drive?

I took the path less traveled and installed Ubuntu on my CR-48. Mostly this is a completely standard install, minus it using ChromeOS's kernel (for drivers) but the main drawback is the 8GB SSD-- it ...
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Is my boot process normal? It takes 50 seconds boot

Here's my boot.log resume: libgcrypt version: 1.5.0 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 fsck from util-linux 2.19.1 /dev/sda5: clean, 668102/3276800 files, 4449436/13107200 blocks ...
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How does ecryptfs impact harddisk performance?

I have my home directy encrypted with ecryptfs. Does ecryptfs lead to fragmentation? I have the feeling that reading files, displaying folders and login became continuously slower and slower ...