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Originally Posted by mmoy
In Windows XP, you can set the priority of programs using the Task
Manager. If you know that you'll be running something that could
saturate the CPU, just set the priority to below normal. Or keep
the Task Manager running and set it to high priority so that you
can modify processes that are saturating the CPU.

Same deal with Unix/Linux/OSX. I don't recall the commands for setting
process priorities on Unix as I have a dual-processor Linux box at
work and the processors usually have lots of spare cycles.
Yup, I've definitely tried using Task Manager to reset processes' priorities, and it does work to an extent. Unfortunately, some processes still slow down the system especially, despite using Task Manager.
I do like the idea of raising the priority of Task Manager though; I've never thought of that.

Originally Posted by mmoy
A 2.0 Ghz Pentium 4 is a low-end machine these days. I don't know if
you can still get machines this slow. My current laptop is a Athlon
64 running at a 3.2 Ghz Pentium 4 equivalent and my CPU is on the
low end of the scale. The upper end is 4.0 to 4.2 Ghz equivalent.
Yes, in terms of todays machines, a 2.0 GHz is pretty slow. What I meant was that I wasn't running on an anemic, old processor, like something at 500 MHz. 2.0 should be enough to run average programs decently; what I meant was that this wasn't the fault of an especially slow processor.
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