Monday, December 14, 2009

Issue while upgrading the GrEclipse plug-in

I upgraded my GrEclipse plug-in today to a newer version. The upgrade URL is given in this page. Since it was an upgrade, I click on Help -> Check for updates in Eclipse. Immediately I got the following error:

Cannot complete the install because of a conflicting dependency.
  Software being installed: Groovy-Eclipse Feature 2.0.0.xx-20091211-1000-e35 ( 2.0.0.xx-20091211-1000-e35)
  Only one of the following can be installed at once:
    JDT Core patch for Groovy-Eclipse plugin 2.0.0.xx-20091017-2200-e35 (org.codehaus.groovy.jdt.patch.feature.jar 2.0.0.xx-20091017-2200-e35)
    JDT Core patch for Groovy-Eclipse plugin 2.0.0.xx-20091211-1000-e35 (org.codehaus.groovy.jdt.patch.feature.jar 2.0.0.xx-20091211-1000-e35)
... and a lot more ...
To recover from the error, I just uninstalled the version of JDT that was conflicting. To do this, click on Help -> Install New Software and click on the "What is already installed?" link at the bottom of the dialog. You can easily locate the old JDT and uninstall it.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Hurray! I have installed 2 GB RAM in my laptop

Last night I upgraded the RAM installed in my laptop from 1 GB to 2 GB. I found the following YouTube video to be very helpful and informative.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Two performance tweaks to boost your Vista performance

I have a HP dv6000 laptop with Vista Home Premium. Since day 1, my machine was terribly slow for no reason. I tried so many tweaks that didn't seem to work at all. I installed Process Explorer from sysinternals tools to monitor which process is taking much resources. There were two things that gave me a good performance boost:
  1. Disable Windows defender.
  2. Disable the windows indexing service.
I have my own anti-virus software (Avira) which provides protection against much better protection than the Windows defender. But because both the defender and Avira were scanning each file and process, it effectively doubled amount of load to protect the system. So I disabled the defender. You can read how to turn off the defender here.

I don't need the indexing service offered by Windows. The indexer hogs so much resource and I have not used the search feature much. You can easily disable indexing by right clicking on the drive in Windows Explorer and un-checking the indexing for that drive. Make sure that change is applied on the drive and all the files and directories under that drive. You can read more about this here.

Another worthy exercise is to launch msconfig and inspect all the programs that are started during start up. You can read more about how to do this here.

If you still experience slow down, launch the Process Explorer and inspect which process is taking more CPU. You can press space bar and pause screen refresh and inspect all the processes that are running.

Everything you want to know about memory

Recently I have been looking around to upgrade the memory in my laptop. I was trying to understand what are the specs and how to find out the right RAM model for my laptop.

I found this article to be extremely useful. You can also read a follow up article that talks about the details of the RAMs used in GPUs.

Also this article was helpful in understanding the FSB speeds and bus speeds in general.