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Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan
Posted: February 29, 2000
From within the system applet you can also tweak your Hard Disk cache. Click on the File System button and it should default to the Hard Disk Tab. Set the "Typical Role of This Computer" to Network Server (no matter what your system actually is) and set the Read-Ahead Optimization to Full. The "Typical Role of This Computer" setting will later be changed by Cacheman anyway, but of the three generic settings, Network Server is the best option.
CAS latency has to do with how fast your computer can access a column of data in your RAM. Generally the lower the number, the better. The problem is, most BIOSes don't allow the user to specify the CAS latency of their RAM (and this can be a big deal if you spend extra money on CAS 2 RAM). Once again, TweakBIOS can be used to play with this setting. If you have a lousy BIOS, this is definitely a program to invest in. Remember, though, if you set the CAS latency of a stick of RAM below what it's rated, it is effectively being overclocked, which could possibly cause some stability problems. Use the same system stability procedures that I outlined within How To Overclock guide (Part 1/Part 2) to make sure everything is stable.
Freeing Leaked RAM
Since the last update to this guide, we have received pre-compiled versions of the Vbasic scripts that we include within the guide. You can check out our little instruction manual and download the appropriate files here. If you would still like to use the old uncompiled scripts, here they are:
For 128 MB of RAM or less:
Mystring = Space(16000000)
For 128 MB of RAM or more:
Mystring = Space(80000000)
If you are using 128 MB of RAM, choose the one that works the best for you. To use the script, copy it into a text file and save it as memory.vbs (make sure that it doesn't have the .txt extension after it - you can do this by putting the filename in quotation marks). If your system begins to feel sluggish, close all of the programs you can and run this little program, and it should free up most of the RAM that is leaked out by bugs in Windows and the applications that you are running.
If you are having trouble running the script, make sure that the Visual Basic Runtime files are installed on your system. They are included in the Windows Scripting Wizard off of the Win98 CD and can also be found included with some downloaded applications.