Dual-booting all versions of Windows and Linux
OTHER HARD DISK TWEAKS
IDE CHANNELS All users
Hard Disk Controllers
Are your hard disk Uncached speed test results too low? You can test free at PCPitStop.
It is reported that some users can improve their Uncached speeds by Enabling both IDE channels in the BusMaster IDE Controller.
First record your current test results.
1. Open Device Manager / Hard Disk Controllers
2. Highlight . . . Bus Master IDE Controllers and click the Properties box
3. Select the Settings tab
4. In Dual IDE Channel Settings select Both IDE Channel enabled
Click OK and Reboot. Now test again.
DISK ACCESS Intermediate users
32-bit Disk Access
Switching ON the 32-bit disk access in System.ini can speed up accessing data from the hard disk.
Select ... Start • Run. Type in sysedit.exe. Highlight and expand SYSTEM.INI.
Add this line at the bottom of the [386enh] section, and one blank line before the next section.
Mintimeslice:While in the [386enh] section of System.ini you can alter the mintimeslice setting (default is 20). A higher setting increases overall performance while a lower setting increases multi-tasking performance (THPC knows little else about this setting - it is given for your information only - feedback appreciated).
WHERE TO INSTALL All users
Use the fastest drive for important software
Where you place the Operating System (Windows 95/98), Virtual Memory, and important software can have a dramatic effect on system performance.
• Also give Windows 95/98 it's own partition with plenty of free space for:
• Install Windows 95 on the faster hard drive - it does make a difference.
• Put your Virtual Memory on a (small) fast Hard Drive or Partition
• Install important software on a physical drive different from the Windows drive, and also use this different drive for your hard disk backups (including recent, and pristine, backup copies of the Registry!)
HD CONFIGURATION All users
Select drives carefully
The manner in which the hard drive(s) and other hardware are physically set-up can have a dramatic effect on performance. Try to remember these principles:
1 Two devices co-exist on the same cable - primary as Master, secondary as Slave
HD CLUTTER All users
Clear Hard Disk Clutter
An enormous quantity of programs of dubious pedigree gets installed on Home computer. Delete junk programs. Do not keep what you do not need.
Buggy installations and un-installations, and poorly developed programs, are also quite a problem. Knowing this will not stop us 'having a look' at new programs all the time. The Windows Add/Remove Programs applet is often inadequate, but start there anyway.
If you're on a budget and can't afford such as Norton's CleanSweep, try a shareware uninstaller, or keep a close watch on the applications you install and remove any that cause problems. Read Uninstalling on Safety, Part III
SCANDISK All users
Benefit from running Scandisk occasionally
Scandisk is a Windows 95/98 utility that scans the hard disk for errors, and tries to correct any found. Much of Windows95/98's peskiness can be due to minor FAT corruption which, hopefully, Scandisk will correct. The scan surface option is extremely slow and need not be run very often.
ScanDisk checks and fixes problems in the following areas on hard disk drives, floppy disk drives, RAM drives, and memory cards:
Running Scandisk : Run Scandisk occasionally, or on need. Always use Scandisk immediately after a Windows 'event' (lock-up, or crash) - prevent trouble later on.
Scandisk can be found with Disk Defragmenter in Accessories • System Tools.
Please remember that you alone are responsible for the consequences of any changes you make to your computer hardware or software.
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