46. Turn off the indexing service
XP includes a new feature called 'indexing' which constantly creates and updates
an index of files in your PC. This index is mainly used for speeding up file
searches. The indexing feature is largely useless unless you find yourself using
file search a lot, and it sucks up system resources, so it is recommended that
you disable it for performance purposes.
off file indexing go to Control Panel\Add/Remove Programs\Windows Components.
and uncheck 'Indexing Service.'
Video and graphics tweaks
47. 3D Game Benchmarks
would like to test your computer's ability to run contemporary 3D games, as well
as have another scale on which to measure the improvements you have made to your
system by tweaking and overclocking, consider some 3D benchmarking
popular 3D gaming benchmarks currently available are Futuremark's 3Dmark 2001 and 2003. Both of these
applications allow you to post your results online and see the scores achieved
by other users with comparative computer setups. This will give you a good idea
of what kind of scores and performance you can expect to achieve with
overclocking, tweaks, etc. Other popular 3D benchmarks include Aquamark3 and CodeCreatures. Many 3D game producers create
benchmarking programs based off of their latest game engines in order to allow
users to measure and tweak their systems before they purchase the game itself.
careful. Benchmarking your system for gaming can become as habit forming as
48. Change your Monitor's refresh rate (CRT monitors
not necessarily a performance tip (though it can be - see the tip below on
disabling VYSNC for more details), but it will certainly make your computing
life easier on the eyes.
versions of Windows including XP tend to default to a 60Hz screen refresh rate
on CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) monitors. This equates to 60 screen updates a second,
creating a barely perceptible flickering which can cause eyestrain after a
while. It's highly recommended that you increase this refresh rate to something
more constant, like 75 or 85Hz.
makes the image presented much easier on the eyes by refreshing the screen
faster than we can actually perceive. While the refresh rates that different
monitors and video cards can achieve vary, if you have anything bigger than a
15-inch monitor, it should be able to manage 800x600 resolution with at least
75Hz, making for a much higher quality image. Virtually any video card made
within the last 5 or 6 years will be able to handle this too.
increase your monitor's refresh rate:
'start\control panel\display' and select the 'settings' tab.
'advanced' button. Choose the 'adaptor' tab and hit the 'list all modes' button.
This will bring up a windows displaying all the possible combinations of
resolution, # of colours and refresh rates that your video card\monitor
combination can achieve, with your current setting highlighted. If your current
setting uses 60 or 70Hz refresh rate, consider increasing it if there is a
higher refresh rate available.