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Routine system maintenance.

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Wherein people post the basics of keeping a rig healthy.

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  • KyzenKyzen Registered User
    edited January 2004
    clean the keyboards of laptops regularly. I can't even begin to explain how some of the crap I pulled out of my recently gutted laptop got in there, but judging by the placement of some things, it came through the keyboard.

    I'm still at a loss for the quarter pinned under the power cable to the screen though...

  • ChunjeeChunjee Registered User
    edited January 2004
    If you don't have an optical mouse, one of those ball ones. clean off the lint and stuff that gets stuck inside.
    If you have a smaller HD, just go in and delete some of the older stuff you never use. Uninstall old games and programs you dont use anymore, and run msconfig and make sure you dont have any backround programs eating up your RAM.
    Make sure you dont have "dust bunnies" inside your case, or clogging up your fans. I've heard dust can help heat up your RAM sticks and lower their performance.

  • Food?Food? Registered User
    edited January 2004
    RUN AD-AWARE AND SPYBOT REGULARLY. Also check your system for viruses periodically, and defrag your hard drive at least once every few months.

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  • ChunjeeChunjee Registered User
    edited January 2004
    Guy wrote:
    defrag your hard drive at least once every few months.
    If you dont defrag often, it takes a really long time when you finally decide to. I suggest using windows task manager to do it every week.

  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited January 2004
    Scandiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiisk! [/Kahn]

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  • badfishbadfish Registered User
    edited January 2004
    NOT downloading porn related executables from Kazaa or Limewire is a good way of keeping your computer healthy. Find a different way of getting hentai games.

    To keep you and your computer spiritually healthy, cut out the porn entirely... sinner

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  • DR2SentinelDR2Sentinel Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    I’m just gonna post what I do often to keep my system running well.

    Norton WinDoctor: Cleans up bad reg settings and shortcuts and things. Generally it keeps windows running better by not having parts of programs around. I run this about once a week or so

    Norton Clean Sweep: Empties cache and temp folders/files and empties the recycle bin. Granted you can do it without the program but it's just easier. This gets run anytime I think about it; it doesn’t take but a couple minutes.

    Antivirus: I use Norton cuz I have system works and I feel it's the best there is, but it's a matter of preference. Run this about once a week or so and keep auto-protect on. You’d be amazed how slow your computer will be when you have a couple viruses.

    Defrag: Again, I use Norton, Speed Disk to be exact. It seems to work better than windows but who knows. Run a defragger about once a week. More often and you're gonad burn out your hard drive quicker, less and it takes forever.

    Remove what you don’t use: Epically if you have a small drive, get rid of some of the crap you just don’t use very often, or at all. You want a lot of space available for swap and temp files if you can.

    Physical Clean: Get a can or 2 of compressed air and just clean everything out. Take off case fans, processor fan and if you can graphics fan, and actually wash them under running water. Make sure they are dry before you put them back of course but this really helps get all the dust off of em. Spray the dust out of your power supply and use a towel or something and get all the crap off of drives and the bottom of the case. Dust holds heat and a cooler system will run better. I blast out my case with air every week or so (but I live in Colorado and it gets dusty quick here) and I was everything about once a month or so.

    Format: If your system is lagging really bad and you can’t seem to fix it, back up what you need to keep and just format. I used to do that monthly with win98, now ion XP I do it every few months. It really helps get your system at peak performance.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    Defrag, as has been previously stated. Also, use Windows' Disk Cleanup utility, to delete and compress files that you don't use, thereby recovering some hard disk space. Biggest advice: When you reformat, especially in XP, make a partition only for XP. About 5 gigs should cover you. (This assuming you have a 40 gig or so HDD). The second partition, use for installing everything and storage. That way, when the inevitable happens and you need to reformat, you aren't backing up 40 gigs worth of stuff, you're just reformatting and reinstalling onto a 5 gig partition.

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  • DR2SentinelDR2Sentinel Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    I would have to disagree with matthasaproblem here. I use one drive for MP3s, videos, bascily My Documents and some other crap. The other gets Windows and all my programs. The reason for that is that you have to reinstall everythgin after you format anyway, and when you format you want to remove everyhing but your essential files. It doenst make a lot of sense to keep program folders you have to reinstall anyway.

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  • matt has a problemmatt has a problem Six pack on a dick Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    Having a Windows-only partition helps with speed of operation, and cuts down on defrag time.

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  • DR2SentinelDR2Sentinel Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    True, but with that idea wouldnt it be best to really have a swap file only drive? and as far as defrag time, mine only takes about 45mins, and that's for a 95Gb drive.

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  • PheezerPheezer Registered User, ClubPA
    edited January 2004
    kay, so when I get my laptop back, if it's the same one, and has a 30GB hard drive, this is how I'm partitioning:

    1.5GB Partition for swap space (768MB RAM, after all. Should I go up to 2.2GB or leave it at roughly 2x the RAM?).

    10GB Partition for WinXP Home, and all software.

    17GB (approx. amount remaining, anyways) Partition for all other files, including MP3's and the like.

    Does that sound about good or am I completely insane and planning it all wrong?

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  • BelskieTheNinjaBelskieTheNinja Registered User
    edited January 2004
    Get a Macintosh. <img class=" title=":wink:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

  • KurrelKurrel Registered User
    edited January 2004
    O&O Defrag has three complete defragging systems that rearrange your files either alphabetically, by frequency of use, and by date of creation. This can boost your file seeking time like crazy.

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  • DamienThornDamienThorn Registered User
    edited January 2004
    Basic System Maintenance:
    1) Uninstall everything that I haven't used in the past 2 months.
    2) Perform windows updates that I think that I need. Note, this does NOT include downloading ANY of the windows sanctioned driver updates as they are ancient.
    3) Install patches and driver updates for all of my software and hardware. This includes flashing my BIOS to newer revisions if one is available.
    4) Get rid of all old files, such as in the temp directory and cache.
    5) Scandisk and defrag
    6) Open up my computer and clean everything in it. This includes putting a little motor oil on fans inside if it hasn't been done in the past couple of months.
    7) Remove fan and heatsink. Remove the Arctic Silver 5 that's there and re-apply it. This should be done every couple of months, about as often as the motor oil on fans.

    Full System Maintenance:
    Basically, every 6-8 months I completely wipe my system, and reinstall everything from scratch to get rid of junk that's still lingering (like old files that got left behind in installs, or reg entries that didn't delete themselves) to improve overall system performance.

    Regards
    Chris Parsons

  • Apothe0sisApothe0sis Registered User regular
    edited January 2004
    Defrag, as has been previously stated. Also, use Windows' Disk Cleanup utility, to delete and compress files that you don't use, thereby recovering some hard disk space. Biggest advice: When you reformat, especially in XP, make a partition only for XP. About 5 gigs should cover you. (This assuming you have a 40 gig or so HDD). The second partition, use for installing everything and storage. That way, when the inevitable happens and you need to reformat, you aren't backing up 40 gigs worth of stuff, you're just reformatting and reinstalling onto a 5 gig partition.

    Damn that's a good idea, I wish I'd thought of that back in the day, or had heard it earlier.

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  • ReggsReggs Registered User
    edited January 2004
    tell more about this O&O defrag thing.

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  • ChunjeeChunjee Registered User
    edited January 2004
    Avoid getting bad chi on your computer by not visiting pr0n sites. <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />

  • InMeShinzoInMeShinzo Registered User
    edited January 2004
  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited February 2004
    Do not stack heat-producing external components on top of one another. Particularly if that doesn't leave room for proper ventilation for one or more thing.

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • FantomXFantomX Registered User
    edited March 2004
    http://unattended.msfn.org

    Take a day or two and make an unattended installation CD-RW for your Windows XP. It takes a bit of work, but you'll be able to reformat your computer with minimal work if you keep your disc updated. Nothing like that squeaky clean feeling on a regular basis!

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  • bone daddybone daddy Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited March 2004
    Tach wrote:
    I've got a problem with my version of IE 6.0... Whenever I try to save an image file, using "save picture as" it only has .bmp as a file type. If I type in an extension (such as: image.gif) it'll save as that type, but will not behave like that type of file. For instance, .jpg files won't be accessed by Photoshop, and animated .gif files won't animate...

    IE and Windows Help have nothing about this... can anyone tell me how to get IE to recognize other extensions?

    This common problem with explorer can be avoided by periodically clearing your cache files.


    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q260650

    Rogue helicopter?
    Ecoterrorism is actually the single largest terrorist threat at the moment. They don't usually kill people, but they blow up or set on fire very expensive things.
  • homeobockshomeobocks Registered User
    edited September 2004
    Chunjee wrote:
    Avoid getting bad chi on your computer by not visiting pr0n sites. <img class=" title=":lol:" class="bbcode_smiley" />
    BitTorrent, it is!

  • MetagenkiMetagenki Registered User
    edited October 2004
    With certain connections (I don't know which, but usually cable modems, it seems - I have charter), your connection can be lagged to hell if you upload beyond a certain rate. Especially annoying on shared connections.

    I'm open to other suggestions, but Netlimiter does a good job dealing with this (not free). It can restrict how much up or down traffic is allowed (overall or per program/process/IP), thus allowing you to use a P2P program that doesn't have that built in without suffering mad lag. Or use multiple with one pooled maximum upload, so there's no wasted bandwidth.

    Also useful to monitor what programs are accessing the internet (and just how much they're doing it). A firewall is probably more appropriate for this, but I'm sharing a connection by router (built in firewall), so I have no need for it.

    I rather like the control, keeps my connection in the 30 pings instead of 8000 or timing out. Try playing any game, let alone a FPS with a ping of 8000 (Somebody on the network was uploading). Set the downstream to like 7 (or so) and reminisce the days of 56k.

  • sage_ich_nichtsage_ich_nicht Registered User regular
    edited December 2004
    About the defragmenting of the HDD(s), the best thing to do is actually using diskeeper after doing a fresh install, which prevents fragmention in the first place:

    http://www.executive.com/

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  • Solid_SteveSolid_Steve Registered User
    edited July 2005
    Get a Macintosh. <img class=" title=":wink:" class="bbcode_smiley" />
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