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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

DMA Mode on IDE Devices...Optimize..PC... series contd


DMA Mode on IDE Devices
Just like Windows 2000, Windows XP still fails to set the DMA mode correctly for the
IDE device designated as the slaves on the primary IDE and secondary IDE channels. Most CD-ROMS are capable of supporting DMA mode, but the default in XP is still PIO. Setting it to DMA won't make your CD-ROM faster, but it will consume less CPU cycles. Here's how:
·   Open the Device Manager.
·   One way to do that is to right-click on "My Computer",
·   select the Hardware tab, and select Device Manager.
·   Expand "IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers" and double-click on "Primary IDE Channel".
·   Under the "Advanced Settings" tab, check the "Device 1" setting. More than likely,
·   your current transfer mode is set to PIO.
·   Set it to "DMA if available".
·   Repeat the step for the "Secondary IDE Channel" if you have devices attached to it.
·   Reboot.

Load Internet Explorer the Fastest Way Possible

Edit your link to start Internet Explorer to have -nohome after it. For Example:
"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" -nohome
This will load internet explorer very fast because it does not load a web page while
it is loading. If you want to go to your homepage after it is loaded, just click on the
home button.

Auto Login

·         Go to Start/Run, and type 'control userpasswords2'.
·         From Users Tab, Uncheck "Users must enter ...."
·         A dialog will allow setting a user and password to be used automatically.

Turn Off Autoplay for Program CDs

How can you stop Windows XP from launching program CDs?
·   Click Start, click Run, type GPEDIT.MSC to open Group Policy in the Microsoft
·         Management Console.
o   Double-click Computer Configuration, double-click Administrative templates,
·         double-click System, and then click Turn off autoplay.
o   The instructions on your screen describe how to configure this setting. Click
·         Properties to display the setting dialog.
o   Click Enabled, and choose CD-ROM drives, then click OK, to stop CD autoplay.
·         This setting does not prevent Autoplay for music CDs.
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