How to Speed Up the Performance of Your Xbox 360

xboxThe Xbox 360 is the ultimate in gaming devices. It was launched by Microsoft a few months ago, with additional features that outdo its predecessor. Apart from acquiring the opportunity to play games of a superior quality, it also lets one watch movies, play music, access the Internet, or even lose weight with their refined exercise routines.

However, one of its more exceptional features is the Xbox Live. Here, one can compete with other gamers online, so you needn’t have to play solo anymore.

As vast as its list of advantages are, the Xbox does have its share of glitches. One of its core problems is its tendency to slow down, over time. This leads to:

  • Abrupt disconnections
  • Inability to view certain features
  • Long loading durations
  • Gaming experience ruined due to slow transmissions
  • Long pauses between actions

If you are indeed experiencing one, or many of these problems, then the following solutions, may be of help.

Wired, over Wireless

As convenient as connecting to a ‘Wireless Network’ may be, in order to speed up the performance of your Xbox, a ‘Wired Network’ would be advisable. The strength of a ‘Wireless Network’ is greatly hampered by the distance between the router and device, and also from other electronic interferences. You could also try placing the router closer to your console. If it’s still slow, try turning off the router, and also your Xbox. Restart them after about 30 seconds.

Internet Service Providers (ISP)

As certain services have set limitations on one’s data usability they sometimes reduce the speed of the Internet when one crosses it. So, it would be advisable to first ensure that you haven’t exceeded yours. If you enjoy playing games online it’s worth investing in a higher data usage internet plan to avoid this happening.

Downloads in Progress

Always ensure that no other electronic device around has a download in progress, or is connected to a torrent software. As these actions require intensive bandwidth, it will automatically slow your Xbox down.

Manage Traffic

QoS is a feature on routers that allows one to customize their traffic priorities. So, simply by placing your Xbox higher up on the list you will be able to derive a faster connection, whilst slowing down alternate Internet activities on other devices.

The ‘Port Forwarding’ setting on a router, directs all the Xbox traffic that it receives directly to yours. This enables for the smoother functioning of your ‘Xbox Live’ activities.

Clear Your Hard Drive

By clearing out your hard drive of unused games, or ‘old, saved’ ones, one can instantly witness a change in performance.

Reduce Players

If you have a vast number of players in your Xbox Live games, it may hinder the speed of your game’s functionality. Simply by reducing the number of players who can join your game, one can hasten its performance.

Change in Time

If you’re experiencing a slow performance, try playing at a different time, as traffic strength varies in accordance. The higher the traffic, the slower the game.

By employing one, or any of these suggestions, one may notice a transformation in due time. Just remember, to keep performing them, time and again.

Happy Playing!

How to Install Ubuntu 12.04

ubuntu12Ubuntu 12.04 is one of the most eagerly awaited Operating Systems and it is finally out now.

An advantage using this OS is that it comes absolutely free and you can download it from the Internet. However, the problem arises only when you don’t know how to install it. Installing is not really hard and it requires just a few steps. Installing the 12.04 version is not really different from the previous versions of Ubuntu as only the interface of the GUI has been changed.

If you wish to install the Operating System, you need to have a minimum space of 10 GB. The installation process I am about to give is only to dual boot the 12.04 and on a Windows 7 system. To dual boot or change your Windows Operating System, you have to empty all the drivers in your computer to make a minimum of 10 GB space after which you have to format your device to keep it clear. The OS can be dual booted with three of Windows’ versions including Vista, XP and 7. Here are the steps to install Ubuntu:

Firstly, you have to boot it using a bootable USB or through a CD or preferably, a DVD. A screen stating ‘Preparing To Install Ubuntu’ will appear. Uncheck the third party installation software as it is not mandatory and you can install it any time you want. After you uncheck, click ‘Continue’.

You’ll be taken to the next window, which is ‘Installation Type’. You can either choose ‘Erase Disk to Install Ubuntu’ to clear your device and to start installing the OS or you can choose ‘Something Else’ to start the process. When the process is underway, you have to choose the kind of disk drive through which you are planning to install the Operating System. The page also prompts you to choose a drive with free space, and once you choose the drive, click ‘Change’. You have to then select the Master hard drive of your system and click ‘Change’ again.

In the new partition page, choose the type of partition you require, the new partition size (preferably 8 GB or more), location for the new partition, mount point (/) and click OK. Ensure you have all the options you have chosen in the selected Drive and click ‘Install Now’.

You will be prompted next to choose a Time Zone and the desired layout for the keyboard of your system. In the final window, you can enter the username and password you wish to give your system. After giving the necessary details, click ‘Next’.

You have installed the Operating System. All you have to do now is re-boot your system. Now, you will get a prompt when you open your device which will ask to choose an Operating System. According to the nature of your work, you can choose the Operating System you wish to boot. If you have any problems with the above steps, try installing all over again, otherwise, get professional help from an IT consultant.