My XAMPP installation underwent a dramatice performance increase of three times several days ago - the reason for which I do not know. I have had to reboot since then and now I cannot get apache/mysql to perform the way it was- it is quite slow.
So the point is that I was doing a few standard bits and piecves on the machine and then BANG! when I went back to my PHP project the servers were responding 3 times faster. I have rebooted and its back to the normal slow speed.
Obviously I havn't done any hardware or software updates. I had killed explorer.exe and restarted it, however, I have tried to emulate that and apache/mysql are still run as slow as normal.
I would have tollerated this as it is only for development, but since getting a three fold increase without reconfiguring anything, I am very keen to get it back again!
I can only think there is an service running somewhere or an option switched on that is slowing things down dramtically. The machine itself is fast and not over burdened.
If anyone knows about apache/mysql performance issues on XP a point in the right direction would be helpful.