Speeding up Logos

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David McKay | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jan 7 2019 3:29 PM

I am enjoying using Logos 8. I think it is a little faster than Logos 7 was. When I select a guide or tool from the top menu, they do take ages to get to the first thing I look for, but after that the program seems to work more quickly on further things I select.

How can i best speed things up? How much is the sluggishness due to Logos itself? How much is due to my slow internet speed, and how much due to my five year old Windows 8 ASUS i7 2.4gHz computer [with 8 gigs memory and 1.5 terabytes hard disk drive?]

Will it be faster when our internet speed is upgraded [supposedly it may double in speed from about 10 thousand whatsanames to about 25 thousand whatsanames in a year or so]

Thanks for your help.

This is a great forum. I appreciate your fast answers, my friends!

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GaoLu | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 7 2019 3:37 PM

SSD

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Ian Kirk | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 7 2019 5:56 PM

The age of the computer definitely is part. I feel your pain. I do have a SSD + 8 gig memory, and mine computer is even older. There are 2 things to try, that did help me. The first is the compiler. In the command/go box/bar, type:

set use ngen to yes

The next time you run Logos (and every update after), Logos will optimize itself for your computer. When I did this with 7, I could tell a difference. As it's now my default setting, it just does it, so I have nothing to compae.

As you upgraded, run the rebuild index in the command box. Logos 8 uses a multiple-file index, which does operate faster, but 7 and prior use the huge index.

Those two things will help some. We're just behind on computers :)

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Bill Anderson | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Jan 7 2019 9:03 PM

The issue with speed is likely due to the age of your computer. If you read the forums here, people will say that the single greatest thing you can do to increase the speed of Logos is install an SSD, if your computer supports it. (You don't say whether your computer is a desktop or laptop. Most desktop computers will accommodate an SSD but many laptops these days are not upgradable and won't accommodate one.)

When you are thinking about upgrades to an existing computer you have to weigh the cost of the upgrade against the age of the system. Sometimes it pays to purchase a more modern system. We can help you identify the specifications for a new system if that's what you decide to do.

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mike | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 8 2019 2:05 AM

SSD < NVMe M.2

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Earl Tipton | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 8 2019 2:11 AM

David, my experience with Logos 7 and 8 is that the HDD is the single most important influence on response time. A year ago I updated a desktop machine and obtained fantastic results. In that case, motherboard and memory were upgraded, in addition to the installation of an SSD. Two weeks ago I upgraded my laptop's drive from a 1TB HDD to a 1TB SSD.  Logos 8 opens in 17 seconds instead of 50. In the passage guide when I type a reference and hit enter, there is an immediate response; formerly it took over a minute for any response at all . It still takes 20-30 seconds to finish searching my library to complete the passage guide, but this is much better than a month ago. In summary, my two experiences show that an upgrade to an SSD yields immediate and obvious benefits.

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Norman Low | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jan 8 2019 5:55 AM

I have an even slower system with an i3-4170 running Logos 7. After reading the rave reviews of SSDs, I installed an HP EX920 M.2 PCIe 3.1x4 NVME drive. Since the computer was older, I had to buy an adapter board in order to connect it to the PCIe slot. I was not able to boot from the SSD, but was able to install Logos onto it. The results were phenomenal with amazingly fast response to searches. This was definitely one of the best upgrades I have made.

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David McKay | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 9 2019 7:47 PM

Thanks for answers on this question, folk. How much space does Logos take up? Someone explained to me how to find out how much space is taken up on my computer! but Ive forgotten and cant find that post now. 

Is 256 SSD  enough, with say a 1Tb hard drive, or would I need more in the SSD?

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jan 9 2019 11:05 PM

David McKay:
Someone explained to me how to find out how much space is taken up on my computer!

  • Right-click on the Logos icon
  • Right-click "Logos Bible Software"
  • Click Properties
  • Click "Open File Location" from the Shortcut tab
  • Select everything in that folder
  • Right-click and click Properties
  • Number of files and size is reported in the General tab

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David McKay | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 11 2019 12:22 AM

I bought a new Dell computer today. It is an i7 16 RAM 256 SSD and 1Tb standard HD. My current computer was over 5 years old.

I'm installing Logos 8 now. Despite the computer currently downloading gigabytes of stuff, and our internet connection not being anything flash, when I open the passage guide or other guides, they come up instantly. It is working many, many times faster than before, even while downloading stuff. Wow!

Thanks again for the advice.

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Graham Criddle | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 11 2019 1:00 AM

David McKay:
It is working many, many times faster than before, even while downloading stuff. Wow!

EnjoySmile

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David McKay | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 11 2019 11:42 PM
I bought a new laptop, hoping to make things work faster. Mine was 5 years old. I was told a flash drive would speed things up. This one has 256 gigs SSD, and a 1 terabyte conventional hard disk, 16 megs of RAM and a 4 GIG graphics card, but I don't know if that's relevant. Logos Bible Software on old computer: 57 secs to load. New computer: 15 seconds. Load Theology guide, select "trinity," then "trinity in the Old Testament." Old computer: 1 minute 30. Takes a long time before anything happens, after you type "theology." New computer: almost instant. About 5 secs
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George Somsel | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 4 2019 12:26 PM

I have a very similar laptop to the one you describe here in addition to my desktop so -I was curious regarding what the difference between your old computer and the one you describe in your latest  post.  A fairly simple calculation based on booting up Logos each day and leaving it on for the enitre day would result in 4¼ hours additional time for the entire year.  For an entire year this doesn't seem to be objectively too much.  I realize that when we're sitting there waiting for the computer to execute it seems interminable, but it really doesn't seem to be much.  I think I'll wait for something more compelling before I upgrade my computer.  I think we're getting too impatient.

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Michael | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 4 2019 1:24 PM

George Somsel:

I have a very similar laptop to the one you describe here in addition to my desktop so -I was curious regarding what the difference between your old computer and the one you describe in your latest  post.  A fairly simple calculation based on booting up Logos each day and leaving it on for the enitre day would result in 4¼ hours additional time for the entire year.  For an entire year this doesn't seem to be objectively too much.  I realize that when we're sitting there waiting for the computer to execute it seems interminable, but it really doesn't seem to be much.  I think I'll wait for something more compelling before I upgrade my computer.  I think we're getting too impatient.

The benefit of an SSD isn't just the loading time, it also affects the overall snappiness of your computer for all programs.  Considering how inexpensive SSD's are these days, I'd say the benefits are definitely worth it if your computer's hard drive can be upgraded.

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David McKay | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 4 2019 2:18 PM

Everything is faster with my new laptop. Waiting less time  for the program to start is a bonus, but I especially appreciate the searches taking about five seconds, instead of over a minute and a half. 

However, my new laptop has an unwelcome feature: I get a “blue screen of death” every day or so, and haven’t been able to solve this yet. 

Nice to hear from you George

David McKay

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Michael | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 4 2019 2:56 PM

David McKay:

Everything is faster with my new laptop. Waiting less time  for the program to start is a bonus, but I especially appreciate the searches taking about five seconds, instead of over a minute and a half. 

However, my new laptop has an unwelcome feature: I get a “blue screen of death” every day or so, and haven’t been able to solve this yet. 

Nice to hear from you George

David McKay

That's not normal for a brand new computer.  You should have that looked at.  You can try "refreshing" your install of WIndows 10 which requires reinstalling every thing.  Or you can exchange it for a new machine.  Blue screens should be rare not everyday occurrences.

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 5 2019 3:16 PM

Michael:

David McKay:

Everything is faster with my new laptop. Waiting less time  for the program to start is a bonus, but I especially appreciate the searches taking about five seconds, instead of over a minute and a half. 

However, my new laptop has an unwelcome feature: I get a “blue screen of death” every day or so, and haven’t been able to solve this yet. 

Nice to hear from you George

David McKay

That's not normal for a brand new computer.  You should have that looked at.  You can try "refreshing" your install of WIndows 10 which requires reinstalling every thing.  Or you can exchange it for a new machine.  Blue screens should be rare not everyday occurrences.

I agree with this. Blue screening is quite rare nowadays and shouldn't happen  with a new computer. I would get in touch with dells customer services. I think the market for computers is packed at the moment so customer services seem to be more responsive than they used to be :-) 

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Dave Thawley | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 5 2019 3:19 PM

Just thinking about speed. I'm not sure if you open every single area of a guide when you use them but if you do you can speed things up a lot by closing all the sections down (right click on diddy arrow and then "close all" or something like that. you can then open up the sections that you need (and then close them again after) and everything seems to run a great deal faster

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 20 2019 12:20 PM

Ian Kirk:

set use ngen to yes

Wow... this really gave Logos a boost -- thanks for this great tip!

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Scott David | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Oct 20 2019 12:39 PM

Earl Tipton:

... my experience with Logos 7 and 8 is that the HDD is the single most important influence on response time...

I used to run Logos with 20-30 resources open with no problem at all (probably before Logos 7)... now, even having 12 resources open is almost unbearable.

My computer is quite fast with anything else I do... I'm running:
- Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) 6200U / 2.3 GHz Max Turbo Speed 2.8 GHz 64-bit Hyper-Threading
- 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133 MHz
- 3D 4K GRAPHICS CARD
- 7200RPM SATA 1TB

After evaluating and clocking... I have to agree with you Earl, HDD is the single most important aspect. Normally Logos is taking up only 450MB to 750MB of RAM... but there is a massive spike in HDD Read Access when clicking resource tabs. I have plenty of RAM to spare, but it seems that Logos isn't loading everything into RAM when loading a workspace, and even then -- once a resource is accessed and loaded from HDD to RAM, it seems to be dropped back to HDD when not accessed for a little while.

I'm trying to decide between the following 4 options:
1) Increase my RAM
2) Use sideloaded prefetch with the fastest SD 32GB card I can find
3) Use sideloaded SD and move all Logos' resources from HDD to SD
4) Get a SSD to replace my HDD

I believe that each option is better (1 being the worst, 4 being the best) -- BUT, I really don't want to change out my HDD unless I absolutely must. So I'm leaning toward option 3.

I'm really hoping that I might be able to get some wise feedback here on the forum. I'm determined to increase Logos' speed. I've been using it since mid 90's -- and it's gotten slower over the years (the Logos improvements and features have grown faster than the technology). Now it's just become somewhat miserable to run. I hear many folks saying that their Logos is running faster than ever with the newer releases... so it makes me think I have some sort of strange bottle neck in my current install.

I have an awful lot of resources -- but that shouldn't slow down Logos if I'm not opening them?

Thanks so much ahead of time for any wisdom!

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