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  1. Then, try to set it to "no pagefile" and reboot. Then create it again and reboot again. If the same happens, try to reboot in safe mode, and see if the problem still there. If not, chances are that something autostarting is causing this problem. Check if you are not using Norton AV or something else from Symantec(with autostart). Try to do this : boot in safe mode and disable pagefile for all drives, reboot. boot in safe mode and delete manually pagefile.sys from all drives, reboot. boot in safe mode and change pagefile as you want, reboot. Pagefile settings are here, see how it changes: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management
  2. The most common thing is to forget press "set" button. "Ok" is not enough.
  3. Of course, player does not need to set anything. In fact, it does not have any legal rights to do so(apply irreversible changes to hardware, without owner's consent, and, in addition, call them "user changes"). Do I, or do I have not the rights to leave the drive with region set to "none" ? (say, I want to sell it later?)... and as a result, of course, not be able to play region-coded DVD's. Or, M$ has taken over some of my rights already - for my own "good" ? Did you know that there are several places, where you can - completely legally - buy DVD's of ALL the regions in the shops? And where ALL stand-alone DVD players are sold multi-zone? Region coding thing simply does not work(in addition to being basically illegal and just pushed by lots of money), and therefore forcing me to set some stupid code is not only illegal, it's also sick. But, of course, I was not asking that. I was asking - what exactly is setting the code. Is it a some Windows service through which MP is seting the code(which then could be disabled), or is it entirely the media player itself, in which case everybody should be alerted of the illegal operations this player is performing on its own. Thanks.
  4. Run => gpedit.msc Administrative templates => System => Turn Off Autoplay, set to enabled and select All drives in properties.
  5. What exactly sets the region, is it media player? Because it is not drive itself - simply inserting disk in the drive, or browsing files with Windows explorer doesn't set the region. If it is a player, what rights it have to change hardware settings without my permission, is it mentioned somewhere in the license agreement(I could not find anything)? I am about sure that WMP10 did not do that automatically, but maybe I am wrong. Anyway, it seems to me like too much over the limits of acceptable.
  6. Could it be that Windows Media Player 11 is automatically setting region code of DVDRW drive? I have never set region code on my drives. After installing new second drive (they come with region "none") I inserted some region1 dvd, and got digital rights violation error from WMP. To check, I put it in other drive and got the same error. I have never seen any errors like that before, must have come from WMP11. After that, I discovered that region of both drives is set to 1 (!?). Any ideas, how is that possible?
  7. Indeed, it can be done and it was relatively ok with PD7. Now, in PD8 they have made some improvements. Engine will not stop automatically. Even more, scheduler(or, whatever it is called now) actually is guarding and restarting Engine. So, after defragmenting you first kill scheduler and then PDEngine. And, to be complete, after discovering this behaviour, I wrote to PD support a bug report - engine will not shut down, and received an answer that on their computer it does shut down automatically. After observing the same thing on 3 more machines, I wrote again to receive from somebody else, that it is so by design and I need not worry, because these services do not consume anything(!!?). Indeed, brilliant design and great support. For sake of politeness, no comments this time.
  8. Quite a funny statement. Normally, you would need to learn the subject a bit, before making such. But, what about common sense? It was declared present a while ago. If file is fragmented, read commands will be issued that lead to random read head movements. If these commands are re-ordered to minimize head movements, how is it "nothing"? Of course, it will happen only under certain conditions(ie. when there is a queue), but in many cases, especially when several files are accessed simultaneously, it can (and does) significantly reduce the effects of fragmentation. And, this effect is quite measurable, it is possible to test it. Not true. Simple count of files, or even count of file fragments is not evidence. Couple hundred files is simply not true, and on those 8GB drives were much more sensitive to even slight fragmentation. Evidence to justify defragmentation is degraded performance, if you can measure it on the real system. Plus, I didn't say defragmentation is not necessary, so it is difference between built-in defrag and miracle tool. Well, that is probably exactly the reason why built-in defragmenter exists. Really? Well, it may be in the perceptual sense of somebody who would not benefit from defragmentation anyway. But, on the audio workstation, it is possible to reproduce the following - Select large number of tracks, and when invisible defragmentation starts, hit play button and see what happens, to learn what is "immediately". Or, same with record. Would be nice if they did that at their miracle works, but that doesn't bring any money, does it? Finally, I didn't say those programs are bad. What I am saying is, for home user, they are not worth $100. Probably, PerfectDisk is worth its $39.99 in many cases. I can measure that, even without asking a question, and have already done it. But you guys, who are trying to make innocent people believe they need to spend $100 on defrag, should ask some questions, indeed.
  9. Common sense is of course a good thing, if it is not affected by defrag software vendors advertising. What about disk drives ever advancing caching algorithms and growing cache size, which reduce some effects caused by fragmentation? What about NCQ, which addresses other effects of fragmentation and does it quite effectively? Of course, it does not eliminate the need to defragment drives, but to say that this need is greater than ever before, is a bit of loud statement, which may need some clarification, or, indeed, evidence. And, what about improvements in Windows system tools, like - built-in defragmenter now optimizes layout.ini files every time manual defragmentaion pass is run? Quite funnily, this fact is "unknown" to experts like Raxco technical suport, and Diskeeper is not advertising it either. On the other hand, common sense should tell us that there are no "invisible" services, even if they may be named named like "InvisiTasking". It may be difficult to demonstrate the adverse effect of those "invisible" things on the normal home computer (the same way it is nearly impossible to prove the advantage of third-party defrag tools over built-in defragmenter on such computer - except that lazy user doesn't need to press the button once a week), but it is quite easy to show it on the audio workstation. There you can reduce latency from about 256 samples to something like 64 samples, simply by turning off those "invisible " things. Finally, but this of course applies only if we are really considering paying $100 for defrag software - for that money one can seriously upgrade system and enjoy real perfomance gain, not one based mostly on placebo effect.
  10. Probably one couldn't really get bored, but something similar may really happen. If your burning software, for example, analyzes the inserted disk, then offers you to start CD compilation even if blank DVD is inserted, then after few years you really start to ask where is developer's brain - especially if you have suggested to correct this(or avoid analyzing) to tech support years ago. Or, if you inserted blank disk, after analyzing, it still forces you to manually select - start new, or continue multisession disk ... and is bloated to 120MB at the same time...then yes, you may want to change something.
  11. "Negligable" probably depends on what you are doing. When you are doing real time audio processing with 128 samples or less buffer, there is hardly anything negligible, even that one service - not talking about 'kicking in' of any kind. And, however sophisticated, those automatic algorithms are still primitive anyway. Maybe ok for office work, but for me that background activity is totally unacceptable. That is why I am using it, not DK. It is still based on some tests I have made for myself- sorry, not to prove anything here, and also on some real life observations, as I am quite often doing things that are really sensitive to drive fragmentation. I have actually done some tests, comparing PD8 with Windows defrag on office computer(I was interested in how boot files optimization works). Every time Windows startup was 3-5 sec faster with Windows defrag, and also all the programs I tested (ones with slow startup, like ACAD etc) started a bit faster too. I haven't got those results with me here now, but I sent them to Raxco with some technical inquiries. The answer I got was that they have made their boot optimization algorithm based on Microsoft knowledge, and that I have the option to disable it, if I didn't like it(!). My further questions are unanswered - they simply ignore me. Here I have to note that if running Windows defrag after PD, it reorganizes significantly the boot files, and I am quite sure that it wasn't the case about a year ago, so there is some improvement from M$ I think. At the same time, what PD does, is quite logical and seems to make sense. PD simply moves all the files, listed in layout.ini to the beginning of disk. Looking in layout.ini gives impression that those files would really belong where PD places them, so I am a bit not clear what M$ does better, but have no time to investigate now. It is sick, because I not necessarily do most often the things where I need most of that speed. But I-FAAST optimizes more those files I access most. I was somehow driving back client's BMW740 with adaptive gearbox. Was listening to some music and hanging behind some row of cars and trucks for some 1/2h or so. Then got a call that I am too late, and was going to overtake all those in front of me. But the car that was before like fighter jet, was in the deep sleep, because 'adaptive' had adapted to my 'stile'. It lasted only seconds and finally I didn't get killed, but that is what I call sick. The same thing sooner or later happens with anything that does something automatically, be it a car or defrag. Yes, I have. finally it is DK7, but just for boot time defragmentation and data drives (with 'smart placement' disabled by setting frequently/rarely modified to 0/1 days). DK is too automatic and I do not see any reason to use it, if not I-FAAST. For system disks regular defragmentation, I use Windows defrag.
  12. The question is - for whom the best? For the manufacturer it is the one that brings more money, and thats what they are. It is all based on the known psychosis that some program will magically enhance your system. That is how all the junk like system cleaners and boosters are sold, and that is how defragmenters are sold to home users too - with not very honest advertising methods. I am not talking here about servers, where the situation is completely different. Now, just think about this - you are nLiting your Windows to carefully delete unnecessary services. Then, you agree to run unnecessary defragmenter services? Most of the tests are made with specially junked disks (not defragmented with Windows defrag, as it should be), defragmenting methods are not clearly explained, etc. But even with all that - it is quite clear which of defragnmenters is the best and in what. PD have the best boot-time defrag method, because it properly places MFT and optimizes its size, too. But its smart placement is a nonsense for home user, and boot file optimization simply does not work - it actually reduces perfomance, compared to Windows defrag. Then, PD allows to stop its scheduling service(it will auto run when PD starts, if set to manual start), boot file optimization can be disabled (set to 'let Windows manage'), and smart placement can be disabled by altering rare/often modified to 1/0 days. Diskeeper with its I-FAAST would without any doubt the absolutely best idea, but...again, it is ok for servers, not home user computers. It is a sick idea to imagine that some kind of monitoring would be going on during the normal activity. And Diskeeper's services cannot be simply stopped - you will need then manually start them before starting DK. If they made it like stand - alone application, where you launched I-FAAST manually, to monitor your system while you are performing those tasks where most speed is necessary, and then used acquired information for manual (or scheduled) defragmenting, it would without any doubt, be the best. But till then, or when somebody will make nLite for defrag, it will be Windows s..t, that is the best. Because, at least you can start it when you want, and stop when the job is done. If money is not a concern, stopped PD is a nice thing, too.
  13. Actually, O&O defrag has boot -time defragmentation, it is just now made more automatic and there is no special setup for it. Plus, it does some great part of metadata defragmentation in online mode(for XP and 2003 only), so offline run is not so often necessary. That all doesn't change the fact that all above mentioned defrag softwares do suck. Because, unless you are running a file server or something like that, constant running of defrag services is just a display of developer's megalomania, nothing more. O&O's five defrag modes are plain ridiculous(at least for home user), PD does the boot file layout in the way that actually decreases performance. Plus, the self comparative reviews they make, are all ridiculous at best - at the level of what you can read for some internet booster, which would increase the speed by 300%.
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