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Posted: October 7, 2000
Written By: Keith "Farrel" McClellan

System Applet Tweaks

Now, there are many tweaks that can be performed from within the system applet, however, we are only going to go over a few brief ones here, seeing that most of them are hardware specific. Going to the performance tab and clicking on the File system button will bring up a menu that has several tweakable options. Under the hard disk tab, you will want to set the typical role of the computer to either Network Server or, if you are using a program that allows you to modify that setting more precisely, the name of your custom typical role (mine says Cacheman Optimization). You will also most likely wish to set the read-ahead optimization to full - although if you do a lot of multitasking you may wish to turn this off (if the computer doesn't read the right information ahead of time, you end up taking a performance hit as opposed to gaining speed). If you are using WinMe, you are going to want to set the System Restore slider all the way to the left, using as little HD space as possible.

Under the floppy disk tab, you are going to want to disable the "search for new floppy disk drives each time your computer starts" to speed up boot time, and under the CD-ROM tab you are going to want to set the supplemental cache size to Large (allowing the computer to store more information off of the CD prior to it being needed) and you will want to set the optimize access pattern setting to Quad speed or higher. Under the removable disk tab you are going to want to enable write-behind caching, and under the Troubleshooting tab you are going to want to disable system restore, which basically causes your hard drive to be used during operation to back up system files. This process also slows down the overall performance of the computer - which is a bother.


Hopefully, this article has helped you tweak out your system, and at the same time has helped you understand exactly what you are doing to your system that is making it faster - which is an important part of the tweaking process. If you are yearning for even more tweaking goodness, our standard tweak guides cover a lot more tweaks (in less depth) to help you speed up your system - as I said, these less intense guides are designed to help you better understand exactly what it is you are doing. You might also want to look into our How To guides, which go over certain (from basic to advanced) computer processes that will help you understand your computer even more. Good luck!

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