Colin's Weekly Tech Tips 2002 Roundup
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Without further adieu, here are all the Tech Tips
All Operating Systems's:
Cleaning out the startup
Do too many programs eat up your system resources
at startup? You can simply remove them via MSCONFIG (not available for Win2k).
Go to Start -> Run. There type "MSCONFIG" and
press enter.< P >From there you should see a "StartUp" tab. From there you
will see a whole slew of check boxes un check whatever you don't want starting
up. For Win9x/ME users do not un check "Scan Registry"!
You're not deleting any programs, what you're doing
is simply stopping programs from loading at startup. If there's a program that
you want to load, simply start it from going to the start menu. You'll notice
now that you have many more system resources available for applications now then
Remember to Defrag:
Have you ever heard your HDD chug along when you
launch a large program? Because of HDD's fast rotational speed, they often
plunks down data all over the place on the platter of the drives when you're
storing information.. This is very inefficient and takes a lot of time when bits
and pieces are all over the place.
Defragging your HDD puts all related information
next to each other for quicker access and since all the data is in the same
proximity the drive doesn't have to search when you request data.
Microsoft has included a defragging program in
their OS's for the longest time even dating back to the DOS days. You can access
your hard drive defrag program in the "System Tools" folder that is usually in
It's recommended that you defrag your HDD at least
once a month so your HDD doesn't get bogged down.
Save Your Eyes, Raising the Refresh
After prolonged periods of time in front of the
computer, do you get headaches or eye strain? Many times this problem can be
traced to the monitor running at a low refresh rate. Luckily this is a rather
easy fix. Click on the "Start" button, go to "Settings" and then "Control
Panel". Once you're inside there, go to "Display". From there click the
"Settings" tab and then the "Advanced" button.
Here in Win9x based OS's go to the "Adapter" tab
and you should see the "Monitor Settings". Under that should be a number
followed by the "Hertz". The sweet spot is 75 Hz or above and in general you
want to get that number as high as possible. In Win2k/XP OS's you want to click
the "Monitor" tab. There you'll see "Monitor Settings" and you should do the
same as what's written above.
When you press the "Apply" or "OK" button your
monitor will blink and you should be set.Now you be able stay in front of your
computer for long periods of time and not have any problems!
Don't forget about
hear from a lot of people who are frustrated with
compatibility problems, or performance problems that could be solved with a
simple driver update.
Most of the time you won't notice any
performance increases with driver updates, but they can work out
compatibility problems that make things run smoother. There was the infamous SB
Live! and VIA 686B chipset problems, then the issues with some nVidia videocards
that BSOD while in WindowsXP; yet both these minor issues were fixed with
subsequent driver updates. When nVidia released the DetonatorXP's, GeForce3
owners even noticed up to a 25% boost in performance!
When was the last time you remembered to update
your computers drivers? You might not get a performance increase, but a few key
(motherboard chipset, videocard, and OS) driver updates will probably keep your
system running smoothly and free of compatibility problems much
Dummy Programs in
Do you have dummy (a dummy program is a program
that is uninstalled but is still in your "add/remove" options) installed programs
in Add/Remove? It can be rather irritating especially when you're trying to keep
track of what you have installed and what is not installed.
You can remove these entries with a bit of simple
registry editing. Simply click the "Start" button then go to "Run". After type
"regedit" and press the "Ok" button. After go to this location
Expand the "Uninstall" directory and find the dummy entry's folder. After it's
located, simply delete it.
If you do remove dummy entries this way, you'll
notice that they're no longer in the "Add/Remove" options!
Please be very careful with this
tweak, if you delete the folder of an installed program you will not be
able to uninstall via the "Add/Remove" option.