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How to Determine the different speeds

By bytj ·
I have the same software installed on two PCs. Both are Windows 2000 Professional. One CPU and memory is larger than the other. So, it is understandable that one PC will process faster than the other. However, I noticed that one PC took only 9 minutes but the other took over 50 minutes to process an exact same file. This is definitely not proportional to their difference in CPU and memory. What steps should I take to determine why one is slower than the other?

Your immediate help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much.

Yan

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to How to Determine the diff ...

have the os and the application installed to the same patch level, w2k ps4 + additional patches.

however you can not really really compare like that.
when in w2k do a ctrl-alt-del, and select taskmanager, to see the performance of the cpu and memory, maybe on of the pc's have more programs running on the background than the other.

A program to do comparision is sandra 2004 standard: http://tinyurl.com/qqlw

and let us now.

Leopold

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by TheChas In reply to How to Determine the diff ...

If 1 system is near the minimum amount of RAM, and the other has over 256MB, the performance difference is VERY possible.

Windows 2000 and XP are both RAM hogs.
I do not install either without at least 256MB of RAM.

The next factor is how large is the page file / free hard drive space.
If 1 system has a larger page file and / or more free hard drive space, Windows will allocate more virtual memory, and this will speed up processing.

Finally, open task manager, and see if the slower system has more programs or services running.

Chas

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