bottle necking, get the internet speed you pay for!

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hey everyone, just wanted to make a post with a few helpful tips and tricks for boosting speed or discovering whats bottle necking you.

bottle necking: just like a bottleneck on a beer or soda pop restricting the flow of liquid coming from the bottle keeping it from pouring out at full speed.
there are many different software's/hardware's that can bottle neck your pc's speed. keeping you from using all the resources you have available to you.

a good example of a bottle necking program i would have to say is avast anti-virus. in my experiences with using avast, i was losing nearly 3 megs of internet speed.
which is a major down fall for just about anyone using any speed.

also there are many hardware bottlenecks, such as the cpu, the ram, the hard disks or any other I/O, network, serial ports, etc

any hardware bottlenecks can be fixed usually with a simple update of hardware. Cpu, you can upgrade to a faster one (or multiple ones if applicable) ram, it will depend on the speed your motherboard can access it.to increase HD throughput, you can either get a faster one or multiple disks get the fastest I/O cards you can get (Or multiple ones if applicable)


a few tips for finding your bottleneck and fixing it.
first of all go to speedtest.net and run a speed test on your system.
once you have your results, (which should look something like the below image.)
determine how far below your speed is from what you are paying for.



for my example i am paying for 10 meg down and 1 meg up.
but at the moment i am only getting 9.53 down and .53 up using firefox.
but if i use internet explorer i discover that i get 9.75 down and .95 up.
so i know that ff is a bottleneck for my speed. its not a huge difference, but if you already suffer from a slow connection every little bit helps.
so if i were in need of a bit more speed i now know all i have to do is use ie.



this is caused by many different things, such as: add-on's, plugin's ...ect
here's a couple simple fixes i have come across.

(1)
it hasn't been updated since February 2005, but Firefox Preloader continues to help users who want faster boot times while maintaining a heavy load of tabs and extensions.
Weighing in with an installer at 840Kb and using about 30MB of RAM, the program dramatically improved start-up times on Firefox when loaded with tabs and extensions.

Code:
http://download.cnet.com/Firefox-Preloader/3000-11745_4-10906890.html
ive never tried the preloader, but ive heard good thing about.
dl and use at your own risk. be sure to do your own research on the tool before using.



(2)
1.Open a new browser window. Type “about:config” into the address bar and hit return.
Scroll down and look for the following entries:

network.http.pipelining
network.http.proxy.pipelining
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests

Normally the browser will make one request to a web page at a time.
When you enable pipelining it will make several at once, which really speeds up page loading.

2. To alter an entry, right-click on it, and select toggle. Alter the entries as follows:
Set “network.http.pipelining” to “true”
Set “network.http.proxy.pipelining” to “true”
Set “network.http.pipelining.maxrequests” to some number like 30.
This means it will make 30 requests at once.

3. Lastly right-click anywhere and select New-> Integer. Name it “nglayout.initialpaint.delay” and set its value to “0″".
This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives.


i have tested this method and since my ff seems faster and my speedtest results are better.
but ive only just done this, so i havent had a chance to do a ton of research on it.
my ff has not crashed and i havent noticed any thing wrong with my browser, so it seems it may be a viable method of speeding up ff.
but as i said before, be sure to do your own research before using. never take anyone's word as gold. not even mine.




now lets say that i was only getting 6 meg down and .50 up and i wanted to figure out where my other four megs down and my other .50 up were being lost.
there are many simple tricks to figuring this out. one is to run the speed test while looking at your task manager.
(ctrl + alt + delete) just press control alt delete and bring up your task manager. once it opens be sure you do have a bunch of applications running.
only the normal ones you'd be running such as you browser and chat client or w/e you may have auto starting when booting.
next chose the processes tab. this tab shows you all the processes that are running on your system and how much memory and cpu they are using.
if you look to the bottom lrft of the task manager you will see "processes:**" this is the totle number of processes running on your pc.
to the right of that you'll see "CPU Usage: **%" 0% being none, 100% being all of it. now navigate over to speedtest.net and test your speed while viewing your task manager.
if your browser .exe (firefox.exe, iexplorer.exe ...ect) jumps form a normal % to eating up all your cpu.
then you may have a hardware bottleneck. you may want to test this with a few different browsers before you call it conclusive.


now if your starting your task manager and it is running 70 to 100% cpu usage, then you need to find which process/es are hogging up your cpu and google them if you do not know what they are. common cpu hog's are anti-virus, firewall's, spy ware, viruses ..ect if you find your anti-virus or firewall are easting up to much cup, then you may want to uninstall them and either try installing a newer version or try a different one all together. another alternative to a needed process thats easting up to much cpu, is set the priority to a lower level. you do this by right clicking on the process and choosing "set priory" then selecting a lower process then it is set to. some processes such as "system idle process" can not be altered, so dont bother trying to. always be sure to note any changes you may make here, because you may need to change them back if you have a bad affect from the change.


some times your resource problems can be fixed easily by installing and using tools like ccleaner. which will clear your cache and c00kies. also it is very useful for fixing any registry problems you may have. another useful tool, if you dont know how to defrag your pc is, defraggler.Use Defraggler to defrag your entire hard drive, or individual files. both tools can be found below.


Code:
http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
http://www.piriform.com/defraggler
onward and upward! now another trick to figuring out if your being bottle necked by a program. this is definitely one of the easiest methods i know of. when rebooting, as soon as your pc turns back on start pressing "f8" till your pc starts beeping every time you hit the button or it loads the windows advance options menu page loads. heres a screen shot of the page below.

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once on this page choose, "safe mode with networking"
once your OS has fully loaded go to speedtest again and test your speed.
if you have a major influx of new speed, then you know you have a program bottleneck. if not, once again open your task manager and see what your stats are. if your CPU usage is 70 to 100% then you definitely have a hardware bottleneck. once again try and find which program is hogging your cpu. when in safe mode with networking none of your anti-virus, firewall or any of the other common hog programs will be running. so you will be able to clearly see any problem programs, that you did not spot while booted in regular mode. once again, google any processes you are not sure what they are.


if you still cant figure out your bottleneck, then it may be your OS. download and install linux/ubuntu on to an external hard drive, flash drive, a dvd/cd or just install on your internal hd as a secondary boot. (multi boot) you can do this on the same partion as your windows Os without any problem.
once you have dl'ed and installed ubuntu, open your browser and test your speed once again. now if you have a boost in speed you know, that your Os is bottle necking you. my suggestion for fixing this would be to back up all your info on an external hd, dvd/cd or a flash drive. then reinstall your OS and be sure to update it to the latest sp (now would be sp3) and start the testing from the begging!


if you are getting the same results, then it is time to accept that you have a hardware bottleneck. meaning update your hardware!
when you open your task manager and go to the "processes" tab, if it shows your CPU usage at the top 50% 100% of the time, then you most likely need a processor upgrade. unless you have a moderately new processor (1.5 ghz +) then likely a RAm update is needed. anything under 512 mb is going to be far to low.
the last likely problem would be your hd, anything under 30 to 40 gigs is probably going to cause problems for you. even a 30 to 40 gig hd is going to be a bit to small for a IM'er, but if you have an external hd you will be fine. myself i tend to run small internal hd's 40 gig's or so, but i install everything to a 500 gig + external hd. this allows me to run small amounts of ram, and even a mildly small processor without any problems. as long as i keep the small hd pretty empty, it tends to work really well.

NOW REMEMBER! everything you download and install is going to slow you down!
so keep it all off your main hd and always keep your c00kies and chase clean. and your hd defraged!
always update everything to the freshest version your pc can handle.
and if you ever update hardware, be sure to reformat your system! trust me it helps!

this is insanity wishing you all well!
hope this helps ya!
if you have any tips or tricks to share, share them!
im no tech guy, so it wont hurt my feelings if anyone has better methods.
im just a simple im'er who has figured out a few tricks along the way.
 

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here's a few more tips on optimizing firefox i found.
be sure to back up your ff before testing any tricks like this, just in case something goes wrong.

Code:
Star by typing in [B]about:config[/B] in the address bar and hit [B]enter[/B]
1. [B]To enable/disable Single Click Select URL of address bar [/B]
browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = True   browser.urlbar.clickSelectsAll = False
 2.[B] To auto Complete URL while typing in the [URL="http://www.moneymakerdiscussion.com/forum/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhubpages.com%2Fhub%2Fshortcuticon"]address Bar[/URL][/B]  
browser.urlbar.autoFill=True
 3.[B] [B]To set the number of auto complete URL in the address bar[/B][/B]
 browser.urlbar.maxRichResults = #(# indicates the number of auto complete URLs shown. The default is 12) 
 4. [B]To disabler Browser Toolbar Tip[/B]
browser.chrome.toolbar_tips = False 
5. [B]To[/B] [B]paste copied content by clicking the center button on the mouse[/B]
middlemouse.paste = True
 6. [B][B]To disable blinking text[/B][/B]
browser.blink_allowed = False 
7. [B]To create a single close button to for all [URL="http://www.moneymakerdiscussion.com/forum/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhubpages.com%2Fhub%2FFirefox-35-Features--Hacks--Tips-and-Tricks-of-Firefox-35"]Firefox Opened Tabs[/URL].[/B]
browser.tabs.closeButtons = 3
 8.[B] To increase number of recently closed tabs.[/B]
browser.sessionstore.max_tabs_undo=15 
9. [B]Right click view source in your editor[/B]
view_source.editor.external=Trueview_source.editor.path= Path of Editor  
10. [B]To enable fast scrolling across tabs[/B]
toolkit.scrollbox.scrollIncrement =75
11.[B] To stop displaying website icon in address bar and on the tabs[/B]
browser.chrome.site_icons = False 
12. [B]To enable spell check in text fields[/B]
layout.spellcheckDefault = 2 
13. [B]To speed up the browser[/B]
network.http.max-connections 30 to [B]96[/B]network.http.max-connections-per-server 15 to [B]32[/B]network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server 6 to [B]8[/B]network.http.pipelining false to [B]true[/B]network.http.proxy.pipelining false to [B]true[/B]network.http.pipelining.maxrequests 30 to [B]8[/B]network.http.pipelining.ssl false to [B]true[/B]network.http.proxy.pipelining false to [B]true[/B] 
14. [B]To [B]disable annoying browser behavior[/B][/B]
Change the followowing values to 'false'
dom.disable_window_open_feature.titlebar dom.disable_window_open_feature.menubar  dom.disable_window_move_resizedom.disable_window_open_feature.toolbar 
15. [B]To[B] show more tabs on single window[/B][/B]
browser.tabs.tabMinWidth = 75 
16. [B]To display search results in new tab[/B]
browser.search.openintab=True.
 

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my download speed-62.23 mbps
upload speed-2.88mbps

just checked my speed from ScanmySpeed.com

apparently my internet speed is faster than before,i m guessing its good. but my dream speed is 100mbps..