Posts Tagged ‘boot up’

Computer Manufacturers Using Flash Disks

Fujitsu has joined the ranks of computer manufacturers using flash memory in place of hard drives, offering 16GB or 32GB flash memory disks as an option on the new B-series machines due in late October and the Q-series machines in early November. Is this an advantage? Sure, the machines will boot up noticeably faster, the B-series machine will take about 19 seconds to start up running Windows XP Home Edition compared to 32 seconds for a hard-disk drive version. They will also have a longer battery life since the flash memory uses less power, adding 15 minutes uptime to the B-series and 30 minutes to the Q-series machines.

The flash memory is made by Samsung, who has already released two machines using the flash memory earlier this year, the Q30 laptop and Q1-SSD ultra-mobile PC. Sony is shipping one machine, a small size portable pc, released in Japan only.

The downside? Price. The 16GB disk will add $670 to the price of the computer while the 32GB disk will add $1340. Is it worth the small increases? Probably not yet. When there are more manufacturers shipping more machines using the flash memory, the prices will come down, but right now, I can’t see paying almost $700 more for 13 seconds of boot up time and 15 more minutes of battery life. Plus, with Windows Vista’s ability to use hybrid drives, using Windows Readyboost and Windows Readydrive, you will be able to add flash memory yourself to speed up boot up times.

My advice, if you are buying it for yourself, stick with a regular hard drive and save some money, but if your work is buying it for you, tell them you have to have it and let us know how much you like it.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - October 13, 2006 at 9:11 pm

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Windows XP Tweaking Utility

Looking for an easy to use utility to help you make Windows XP more efficient, boot up faster, improve performance and functionality, improve the appearance of Windows XP, increase windows security, and prevent others from changing your settings. The Tweaking Utility from TweakXP.com can help you do all of this and much more. You can lockdown control panel applets, Internet Explorer options, even choose which applications can or can’t run on the computer.

Easily tell Windows to keep the Windows XP core system in memory and not paged to disk, to help improve performance. You can use it to optimize the CPU and memory usage for programs, systems cache or background services. Easily remove Microsoft Windows Messenger and other “unremovable” programs, this tweaking utility has hundreds of tweaks for the serious tweaker, and can change hundreds of registry settings in Windows XP.

Download a copy and try it free.

Note: I saw a couple complaints about the trial expiring too soon and they noted a work around since this could happen in a couple different situations. Use this to register to get 14 more days, just in case:

Name: TTXP

Registration Code: EVALMORE

Clicking “Next” will permit 14 more days of evaluation.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 16, 2006 at 2:57 am

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What Really Slows Windows Down?

Apparently, Nortons slows it way down, which most of us already know, but since I use Mcafee, I had no idea it was this bad. Oli from ThePCSpy did some real world testing to see what really does slow down your computer the most.

The aim of this article is to find out what types of application slow down a computer the most. I’m going to be measuring the speed as the time it takes to shutdown, restart and get back to desktop (with auto-login) and start an application in the computer’s start-up settings.

The results of the security software were quite shocking. I’ve always known that being most involved with the system, antivirus and firewall programs are going to make things slower, but I was just completely astounded by the Norton result when compared against the other software on show.

Fonts were as, if not more, amazing. I know people always say not to install too many fonts (which is really hard when you have a DVD full of them), but this is the first proof I’ve seen that shows fonts have a massive effect on the windows load time.

One conclusion that we can take from this is software that makes many, many changes to the system when it installs is going to have a larger effect to windows boot timings. Examples of this were shown by the .NET runtime (both standalone and part of Visual Studio) and the fonts which get scooped up by system services. VMWare Workstation installs a lot of system drivers to emulate hardware properly which also goes a long way to slow down a computer. Furthermore, if that software loads at boot, this is going to have an added knock on effect, shown best by the antivirus programs and the chat clients. Source: ThePCSpy

Some of the results:
Norton Internet Security 2006 added 43.33 seconds a systems delay of 57.78
1000 Fonts added 30.00 seconds a systems delay of 40.00
Kaspersky Internet Security 6.0.0.303 added 10.67 seconds a systems delay of 14.22
Yahoo Instant Messenger 8.0 added 10.67 seconds a systems delay of 14.22
AOL Instant Messenger 1.5 Preview added 10.33 seconds a systems delay of 13.78
McAfee SecurityCentre added 8.67 seconds a systems delay of 11.56
Kazaa 3 (+included crapware) added 8.67 seconds a systems delay of 11.56

This is huge, look at the difference from Nortons to Mcafee, Nortons adds 35 more seconds boot up time. Article is definitely an eye opener.

1 comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 12, 2006 at 4:45 pm

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Ever Wonder Why Windows Takes So long to Boot?

Found an article on why Windows can take longer and longer to boot up. It describes the prefetch cache slowing it down because it gets clogged up with more and more programs, this is because Windows tries to load programs faster for you, so it loads parts of the programs you ran on your last session to make them load faster. It tells you how to make this faster, it also talks about the hard drive getting defragmented, network drives slowing you down, adware and spyware and file and printer sharing. Check it out, Why windows takes so long to start up. But, read on before you do.

Well, some of this info is incorrect, you should not clean out your prefetch folder, according to Ed Bott,

Bottom line: You will not improve Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. You will, in fact, degrade Windows performance by cleaning out the Prefetch folder. I’ve done performance testing that establishes this definitively. In all the many sites that offer this bogus tip, I have yet to see a single piece of actual performance testing.

So, while the article is helpful in telling you to defragment your hard drive, clean spyware and adware, but, whatever you do, do not empty the prefecth folder. Some will say it will help if you test programs, or check out a program and never run it again, but Windows cleans up the folder and removes program that are no longer used.

Be the first to comment - What do you think?  Posted by Jimmy Daniels - September 9, 2006 at 4:37 pm

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