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Old 03-29-07, 01:27 PM
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basic tips for performance boost in XP?

Acer Aspire ASTT180ED380M

• AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
• 1GB of 533 DDR2 memory
• 250GB SATA hard drive
7600gs vid card

XP MEDIA edition
McCafee

What software improvements can I make to increase performance?
under performace options:
Virtual mem settings? currently set as 'system managed size' should i use a custom size?

Visual effects - turning of which ones will make the biggest difference?
anything else?
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Depends a little what you want to use the machine for.

On our work machines, I always set the visual effects to none. Huge improvement on average speed!
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basic internet browsing
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Working with basic docs
playing games.
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Turn off all visual effects, except last one on the list. Turn off system restore.

http://www.petri.co.il/pagefile_optimization.htm
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Unistall Mcafee, and install avg.
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Go to the run prompt and type msconfig and uncheck any unnecessary programs from the Startup tab to keep them from running at bootup. Or even easier download Startup Control Panel.
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Is there any issue with the pc. Its pretty powerful. I wouldn't turn anything off unless you really want to eek out performance of games. Just uninstall macafee or norton or any preinstalled crapware.
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If you have a second hard drive....
Put your pagefile on a separate physical drive than the OS.
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Holy crap, blackviper is back??? I thought it was gone for good. I had pulled his awesome services charts off of an archive when his old domain went offline.
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Originally Posted by Oraphus
Acer Aspire ASTT180ED380M

• AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 3800+
• 1GB of 533 DDR2 memory
• 250GB SATA hard drive
7600gs vid card

XP MEDIA edition
McCafee

What software improvements can I make to increase performance?
under performace options:
Virtual mem settings? currently set as 'system managed size' should i use a custom size?

Visual effects - turning of which ones will make the biggest difference?
anything else?
What issues are you experiencing? What in particular is slow?
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Where are these performance options found? I looked in Control Panel-Administratve Tools-Performance but didn't see anything that has been described. I thought I knew XP fairly well but these are new ones on me.

Also, where do you set the Pagefile physical location?
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Goto Control Panel --> System --> Advanced --> Settings from Performance
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Thanks, Zuffy. Someone here always has an answer!

Another question. Matome said,
Go to the run prompt and type msconfig and uncheck any unnecessary programs from the Startup tab to keep them from running at bootup.

How can I find out which programs are necessary or unnecessary?
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A couple the many sites that offer advice on what you need or don't need:

http://www.tasklist.org/tasklist_i.html
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Taskl...s/tasklist.htm
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Thanks Eplicon. Perhaps I can get a handle of all the processes running on my system and find out why it is so much slower than when I first got it.

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