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  1. That's a very popular "tweak", and one which is wrong and makes absolutely no sense. If you read the post i linked to you'll find out why. The less RAM you have, the LARGER the swap file needs to be and the more RAM, the smaller it needs to be. That formula results in exactly the opposite. Using that formula, if i have 256 MB of RAM then a swap size of 384 MB is called for, while if i had 1 GB, then the swap should be 1.5 GB. This makes no sense because the less RAM you have, the more virtual memory the OS and applications will need. However having said that, there's more to setting a semi-permanent or static swap size then RAM alone.
  2. @Express -- I've done a fair amount of research on the subject and based on what i've learned, here's some suggestions: 1) The applications you're using can make a difference if you want to set a static pagefile size. 2) DO NOT disable the pagefile! Period. It makes no difference whatsoever how much memory you have. 3) Certain applications require a larger pagefile size, such as some games, photo/video editing stuff, etc.. Again, a pagefile may be required for some apps regardless of the amount of physical memory and you will have problems if the pagefile is not there. 4) It's probably a good idea to always keep a pagefile on the system drive. Since you only have one drive, this is a moot point. If you had 2, then the primary pagefile should be on the fastest, least accessed drive. There's also 3 types of pagefiles; dynamic, semi-permanent and static. Many people shoot for a static pagefile when this is often not the best choice. This is often a hotly debated topic and i'm not sure there are any 100% correct answers, however i do know there is a lot of myths being passed around by people who "think" they know what they're talking about (like disabling the pagefile or coming up with some sort of formula to set its size based on the amount or RAM you have which is total baloney). I'm no expert on the subject, but i believe the material that i've researched was provided by knowledgeable people. See this topic and my post there (#12) for more references.
  3. Spybot S&D, a dash of common sense, and a healthy dose of FF with NoScript and a few other key ext's., and no IE, OE or WMP. However i very rarely run Spybot because i don't ever seem to have problems.
  4. Both TUGZip and IZArc are both very good.
  5. http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=73008&hl= http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=80 http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showforum=132
  6. IMO, that should be the least of your concerns. With unneeded services and background stuff disabled or removed, it is possible to get it to shut down much faster, but be careful with that. There's an option in nLite to enable faster shutdown and this can cause problems because some stuff requires extra time to write to the disk before it's terminated. As for what to remove, all anyone can do is give a very generic recommendation because the requirements for every user can be very different. nLite is documented pretty will (within the GUI i mean). Paying *CLOSE* attention to the descriptions is a must. These forums are another fantastic source of info. Also see the Important Topics section here.
  7. I got curious about DX10 the other day and was wondering if anyone figured out how to install it on XP. I didn't find anything yet (of course it's early), but i wouldn't doubt if this will be possible down the road a bit. Also, is there anything that actually uses DX10? Or will use it in the near future?
  8. I didn't read the whole thread here, so sorry if this is a repeat. I think it would be a good idea to incorporate a silent switch finder in nLite Add-on Maker. There's one that can be found in these forums (USSF) that relies on PEiD: http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=17940 This add-on maker has the capability to be very user friendly tool and i very much like the idea behind it. I think USSF (or similar) could make it somewhat nOOb proof and faster to use
  9. Using CMenu to allow access to USSF from explorer context menu, however no matter what i do with the "%1" switch, or where i put it, USSF always asks for the location of the installer. How do append the file name to USSF?
  10. If the above post doesn't help you, then i'd ask what browser you're using? Does the problem occur only within your browser, or is it present in, like, notepad or whatever?
  11. graphics card driver would be my first guess
  12. Just found an accessory for Clamwin that allows real-time system monitoring. Free, open source. Here's an indepandant test of several A/V's, Clamwin included: http://www.morgud.com/interests/security/optix-faceoff.asp
  13. I am trying this on one machine right now. The only issue is it does not offer real-time scanning. They are working on it for the 0.6 version. The lack of real-time scanning is one of the reasons i love Clamwin. It doesn't bog your system down or cause problems. Ask your self if you really need background scanning? Where do the majority of viruses come from? Email and internet downloads. If you use IE and OE and aren't patched to the hilt or are lax on security (allow ActiveX, JS, etc.), then you may be better off with a background scanner, however if you use alternative clients and have security properly configured, there's far less need to have an over-stuffed A/V scanning every document/program you open. If you use FF you can use Clamwin to scan d/l's automatically with an extension like Download Statusbar or Download Scan by pointing it to the Clamwin executable and using an argument like: --mode=scanner --path=%1 --close
  14. I thought this was pretty cool I'm 44 and i can here it. Sounds like a very high pitched police siren in slow motion. How about you? http://www.theregister.com/2006/06/12/ring...ts_cannot_hear/
  15. sounds like a small price to pay considering the beautiful area you live in welcome!
  16. thanks. will be keeping an eye on this.
  17. here's mine btw, the list was made and uploaded using the InfoLister ext.
  18. "mouse-aimers" <-- LOL I think you coined a new phrase there and i like it! I know little about embedded stuff, but it appears that DE would be good candidate for embedded applications, no? If i understand this correctly, DE is basically a collection of scripts that are run when? Before or after installation? Can you provide a summery of what is removed?
  19. monohouse - what's the intended useage for "DE"? is there a website or topic on this?
  20. I think i lost you on that one. What do you mean? i think you'll find that the majority of people populating this board are very capable and quite a few are extremely knowledgeable. Word of caution when enabling fast shutdown: Some applications need additional time to write to the disk upon shutdown (foobar2000 is one of them, POPTray is another) and setting too low of a time limit can screw things up pretty good actually I think just about all of your reg tweaks, and many more, are available in nLite. If you do a lot of unattended installs and you haven't checked this out yet, it may interest you. Read the license though. Sounds like good advise to me. I happen to run 4 drives, each pair in a RAID 0 array, and my drive bays came with plastic inserts that you can use to snap a fan in.
  21. http://www.jscustompcs.com/power_supply/
  22. If you mean for an unattended installation CD, i don't know. If you mean that you just want to install the extension faster, just open the extension manager, then open explorer and select all the extensions and drag them on to the extension manager (actually, i think you may be able to just drag them on to the main FF window, not sure).
  23. CUBE -- it's won quite a few awards over the years. One of the best, free, FPS games around IMO.

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