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Tweaking xp for optimum performance.

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December 23, 2009 1:16:52 AM

I have been reading alot about how XP will only use a total of 4GB of memory, wich includes RAM, Pagefile, and Graphics card memory. My system is a little overkill and i want to know how to configure it to maximize my performance. Let me also say that I DO NOT play video games on my computer, I just mainly use it for internet and for photos, but I want my system to be as fast as possible anyways. Here is what I have:

MSI motherboard
Intel Core 2 Duo E7400 2.8GHZ
Nvidia Geforce 9400GT video card (Nvidia website says 512MB. System Info says 1GB)
4 GB Ram
Windows XP Pro (32 bit)

How can I configure my system to work the best with this memory?
What should I set my Page File at?
Is the video card a waste of memory since i dont play video games? ( I do watch HD videos on youtube though.)

Thanks for your thoughts .
a b } Memory
December 23, 2009 1:26:37 AM

There's not much you can do to increase the amount of memory the system uses. If you want to increase performance, there are a couple things you can do.

You can set the CPU affinity to assign specific programs to CPU core 1, 2, or both.
You can assign a higher priority to certain system processes.
You can overclock the CPU.
You can remove unwanted programs from the startup folder.
You can disable unwanted processes from starting with msconfig.
December 23, 2009 1:29:03 AM

What should my page file be set at?
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December 23, 2009 1:32:22 AM

aford10 said:
There's not much you can do to increase the amount of memory the system uses. If you want to increase performance, there are a couple things you can do.

You can set the CPU affinity to assign specific programs to CPU core 1, 2, or both.
You can assign a higher priority to certain system processes.
You can overclock the CPU.
You can remove unwanted programs from the startup folder.
You can disable unwanted processes from starting with msconfig.



How do i overclock?

There is nothing in the startup folder.

I have already disabled several services. Only 22 things show up in Task Manager under processes, and 4 of those are Anti-virus.
a b } Memory
December 23, 2009 1:37:10 AM

The recommended size is 1.5 * your RAM.

Personally, I use a custom size of 3000MB initial and 4989MB max.
a b } Memory
December 23, 2009 1:39:59 AM

The easiest way to do a slight OC, is to bump up the FSB and multiplier in the BIOS. If you do this, do it in small increments. Overclocking will increase the heat and put more stress on the CPU.

What AV's do you have installed?
December 23, 2009 1:46:33 AM

aford10 said:
The recommended size is 1.5 * your RAM.

Personally, I use a custom size of 3000MB initial and 4989MB max.



4096 is the max mine will allow. Right now it is set to 4096 for both initial and max.
December 23, 2009 1:48:24 AM

aford10 said:
The easiest way to do a slight OC, is to bump up the FSB and multiplier in the BIOS. If you do this, do it in small increments. Overclocking will increase the heat and put more stress on the CPU.

What AV's do you have installed?



Avast is the AV I use. I also have SuperAntiSpyware, but i only run it every once in a while, it does not start up automatically.
December 23, 2009 1:51:28 AM

I have a CD with about 30-40 pictures on it. When I open the CD it shows the photos in list view. when i change the view to thumbnails it takes quite a while for all of them to show up. Is this normal even with the amount of memory i have?
a b } Memory
December 23, 2009 2:29:24 AM

It's not abnormal for there to be 10 seconds or so. If it's taking longer, watch the task manager/performance tab to see if the CPU or RAM is being maxed.

December 23, 2009 2:56:47 AM

aford10 said:
It's not abnormal for there to be 10 seconds or so. If it's taking longer, watch the task manager/performance tab to see if the CPU or RAM is being maxed.



Ok it took about 3 minutes. CPU never got above 3% PF usage never got above 250MB.


BUT,,,,,,i was way off on the amount pictures on the cd. It has 427 files, 27 folders for a total of 576MB. All 427 files are pictures...LOL
a b } Memory
December 23, 2009 10:47:43 AM

:lol:  That would make sense then.
December 25, 2009 12:16:06 PM

I get an error message every now and then that says "Referenced memory could not be read" what does this mean. Do i have a problem with my memory?
December 25, 2009 2:44:03 PM

What are you doing when this occurs?
December 25, 2009 9:08:37 PM

using a program called "Red eye remover" I happens when I try to save the new picture.
December 27, 2009 4:16:08 PM

It sounds like an issue with the program that is being used.
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