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How I fixed the lag issue on my Nexus 5x

If you Google Nexus 5x lag, you will see many users complaining about lag on the Nexus 5x. If you follow the threads, some people will complain about lag. Others will say they've experienced no lag. Some seem to think it has to do with faulty units (vs. non-faulty units). Others seem to think it has to do with not-yet-optimized-for-Marshmallow apps.

I, too, experienced the lag, but I chalked it up to Marshmallow still needing some kinks ironed out or the difference in performance between an encrypted Android vs. an unencrypted one. It also wasn't horribly debilitating a lag—it was just slightly annoying. It would be an extra second switching apps or an extra second for an app to load after being selected.

I tried uninstalling some apps I thought might be problematic. I also tried clearing the cache partition (that would make things a little better for maybe an hour or so, but then the lag would return).

Finally, I did what I really didn't want to do: I did a factory reset. I backed up all my data to my computer and did a full wipe of all my phone's contents. Now this, I think, is the most important step: when setting up the phone, I chose not to restore backed up data from Google's servers and just do a fresh, clean setup. It was annoying, of course, because I had to go through all my settings and tweak them and manually download all my apps again, but it was totally worth it. Now there's absolutely zero lag. The phone performs just as well as my old Moto X 2013.

I don't know that this is the definitive solution, but it worked for me. So if you're one of those Nexus 5x users who's experiencing the dreaded lag, take the 3-4 hours to back up your data locally, do a factory reset, do not restore backed-up data associated with your Google account, then re-download your apps, restore your local backup, and re-configure everything again fresh. You, too, may find it totally worth the trouble.

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A Linux live CD can save your data

You don't have to convert to Linux full-time to need Linux. In fact, a Linux live CD is a great thing to have if you're a Windows user. Here are a bunch of Windows and Mac users who thought they'd lost all their precious personal data (documents and photos) just because of a Windows or Mac crash.

If they'd had a Linux live CD, they could have saved all those precious memories and all that hard work. Honestly, even now it's possible they still could. It breaks my heart to see these people thinking it's all gone. This happened to a friend of mine, and she was about to cry, thinking all her years of photos were gone, and then I recovered them with a Ubuntu live CD.

These folks win my Linux live CD award...

08.12.04 - My own version of holiday hell:

I had that happen once, when Brianna was a baby, and we lost about 3 months worth of baby pictures. I still wonder what pictures were there that we won’t see ever again, what smiles are gone. And the videos! So please, invest in a back up hard drive, enroll in a service like Carbonite, but do yourself a huge favor and back up all your files!

08.10.23 - a brief Hiatus:

Our computer system crashed in our business and I am having to re-create every single transaction we've done since February. I've been eyeball deep in paperwork and still have a mountain to go.

08.10.21 - sigh:

my computer crashed and me being the genius that i am, i didnt backup anything
i lost all my shit
my music
my writing
arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
my bootleeg poetry
my fake short story
my music
my pictures
i said my music twice didnt i?
well im distraught

08.10.14 - Crashed:

My computer crashed! Serious stuff here people. I have been without it for 6 days now! [...] So until my computer is back up and running I will not be posting very much. i got a great guy (my brother-in-law) working on the problem. He has said to be prepared to loose everything!

08.10.11 - When it rains, it pours!:

Our computer crashed. As in, KA-BOOM. Everything is gone. Well, not anymore, because we'll be able to pay the nice geeks at Best Buy to get everything off. But, it's expensive and we also have to buy a new computer. We were also planning on buying Slade a laptop for schoolwork. It gets expensive.

08.10.09 - A Night at the Opera:

I have loved the Opera building here in Lille from the first time I saw it. It's gorgeous. Since my computer crashed I can't get my pics onto this new hard drive, so I can't post pictures. Darn it...

08.10.08 - My kitty.... and Derricks too i suppose...:

So i don't think that i have posted a picture of Hendrix here at all..... and infact my computer crashed last weekend i lost all but the one on my phone from when he was much littler....

08.10.08 - Fall shadows, copyrighted:

My computer crashed last week, I now will have to get used to a new system, I just hope i can recover the data from my old hard drive , my son is working on it.

08.10.05 - Apron Swap Sadness and a Crashed Computer:

my computer crashed again. This is the second time this year, and you would think I would have learned my lesson about backing up information after losing four years of work the last time it crashed. But alas, I apparently did not learn my lesson. I do keep almost everything on an external hard drive that I back up to our main home PC. Everything except MY RECIPES! ARGGGG!!!!!!!!!

08.10.03 - CRASH AND BURN:

Long story short: I fixed my computer, but I lost EVERYTHING. All my files, all my music, all my photos.

08.09.29 - Computer crash!:

My computer crashed last week!! All my photos I’ve taken with the new camera are gone!! All the documents, pictures and my favourite links, all gone… I’m so angry with myself for not taking backups more often.

08.09.22 - Computer Crash...offline:

mine has crashed, so I will be offline for a few days!...arhhh!

I think I have lost alot of my latest photos and docs....moral here is to 'BACKUP'

08.09.18 - forgetfulness:

Over the summer my computer crashed, and even though I had everything backed up on a flash drive, all my stuff was lost. I got a new hard drive, the computer guys said I could hire someone who could likely get everything off of my old, broken hard drive (albeit for a four-figure price, most likely), and I plugged in my flash drive to get my novel out. Lo and behold, it has crashed and deleted as well. If all my files are deleted, I think I’m quitting writing. Really. This book is too important to me, and this is not the first time I have had computer problems that have deleted my work. What kills me this time is that I was actually backing things up, and the backup failed as well.

08.09.14 - My computer crashed…:

my lapatop crashed, and all my translations were in that laptop… *grimaces*

08.09.13 - Computer woes:

My computer crashed Wednesday night. It's presently in the hospital and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a full recovery! Thus, no image of the book.

08.09.13 - Crash:

Well, our computer crashed, and I haven’t been able to get my pictures off of it to upload to my blog

08.09.12 - Let There Be Light::

a week ago my computer crashed and I lost everything and am still trying to sort out all the bugs.

08.09.11 - The new place:

my computer crashed the night before we moved. Three computer guys, way too much money, and three weeks later it’s finally up and running. But I lost all my files. All my photographs. All my digital drawings. All of my music and videos and all my little notes and junk I’ve accumulated over the past 5 years.

08.08.29 - My computer crashed on the 15th (?) this month:

so I haven't been able to write or reach the document at all. I finally have a computer again now, so I will do my best from now on. Though first of all, I will have to figure out how to install word 2007 in order to open my document.

08.08.28 - computer crashed (again):

MY LAPTOP CRASHED (again) AND I'VE LOST ALL MY DATA (again)

08.07.02 - Computer Crashed!:

Well our computer crashed yesterday to the point I could not even get into windows. I tried to do a system restore but no restore point was there. Tried repairing it and it failed eight times, so my last bet was to reformat the computer. Before doing so I had the option to backup the files on my external hard drive, and of coarse I did. So I thought. After getting everything reformated I went to my external hard drive to find nothing had transfered at all.

08.06.30 - Computer Crashed:

Our computer crashed recently, and we lost a lot of photos.

I had some saved on disks, but some I didn’t.

08.06.11 - Know what sucks?:

My computer crashed.

Thank god for starting brand new.

But I am sad that I lost some shit. Oh well

08.05.01 - May Day:

I'd post pictures of our fun but our computer crashed, completely and we lost EVERYTHING.

07.12.22 - The Geeks are No Freaks:

You see, my desk top computer crashed and with it all my files gone kaput (or until I find my recovery discs from the heaps of CDs scattered all over the apartment) -- and with the meltdown goes thousands of my personal stuffs from pictures to writings to videos to music that dates back to about three years ago.

07.09.28 - My computer crashed -It’s all gone…:

husband tried everything, and it just kept locking up and programs would not work. So we had to do a full restore on the computer. It’s pretty bare now. All my pictures, digital programs, homeschool downloads (the kids are thrilled) and all my e-mail address - GONE!
07.07.12 - my computer crashed !!! =(:
Wow my computer totally crashed. I was just checking my email when all of a sudden it just like completely EXPLODED and I was like ... just woah. So all of the documents and crap i had saved on that computer... which was like (no joke) about 500 documents are down the drane...

06.12.16 - So yesterday my computer crashed about 6 times in succession:

I lost my final paper for Science Fiction Writing among who knows what else, so you can imagine how pleased I am about that.

06.05.17 - My computer crashed.:

Which sucks. Because I have A LOT on my computer.

05.09.19 - So, my computer crashed:

and I lost:

1 english paper
30ish hours of work
all my mail
fish stuff
pirated movies
family guy stuff

plus a bunch more
this sucks

05.07.08 - welll my computer crashed for a day:

and then it got fixed and all my pictures are now gone. and im pissed but whateverrr.

05.02.20 - Well this sucks...:

our computer crashed and we lost all documents we had. I had most likely over 100 documents on this damn thing and its all gone..

04.11.29 - My computer crashed.:

So of course lost everything.
It's sad, isn't it? When the solution is so simple and completely cost-free and yet you think everything is lost? No Linux users who can help out these folks? Or non-Linux users who know these folks and just happen to have a broadband internet connection and a CD burner?

Further Reading
Recovering Windows files with a Ubuntu CD I: the backstory
Recovering Windows files with a Ubuntu CD II: getting your files
Recovering Windows files with a Ubuntu CD III: deleted files