PC hacks / Jim Aspinwall.

Aspinwall, Jim.
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Cover subtitle: 100 industrial-strength tips & tools
First edition.
Sebastapol, California : O'Reilly Media, 2005.
1 online resource (363 p.)
Debugging in computer science.
Microcomputers -- Maintenance and repair.
Microcomputers -- Upgrading.
Electronic books.
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Intel-and AMD-powered PCs--which account for more than 90% of all personal computers--are powerful and expandable, and operating systems like Windows and Linux do a great job of running well on this hardware. But to maintain maximum stability and predictability, these operating systems don't push the hardware to its limits. That doesn't mean you can't. PC Hacks shows PC users like you how to get the most out of your hardware and software to make your PC experience more satisfying than ever. You don't need another collection of simple tips and command-clicks; you nee
PC Hacks; Contributors; Acknowledgments; Preface; How to Use This Book; How This Book Is Organized; Conventions; Using Code Examples; Disclaimer; How to Contact O&Reilly; Got a Hack?; 1. Basic System Board Hacks; 1. Lock Others Out of Your Computer; 2. Bypass the BIOS Password; 3. Recover a BIOS That Won&t Boot; 4. Boot Faster; 5. Display a Boot-Time Graphic; 6. Configure Boot Device Order; 7. Set Your Clock Back; 8. Avoid the Legacy USB Option; 9. Hack an Unhackable BIOS; 10. Upgrade Your Flash BIOS; 2. Basic System Board Setup; 11. Step Away from the Legacy Device; 12. Manage Devices
2.3.2. Unnatural Resources2.3.3. Logically Speaking; 13. Configure Serial Ports; 14. Configure Parallel Ports; 15. Configure Sound Cards; 16. Configure SCSI Host Adapters; 17. Configure Network Cards; 18. Reeducate Plug and Play; 3. CPU Hacks; 19. Get More Power; 20. Identify Your CPU; 21. Which CPUs Are Hackable?; 3.4.2. AMD CPUs; 22. Which System Boards Are Hackable?; 23. Determine Your CPU Speed; 24. Keep It Cool; 25. Control CPU Clock Speed from the BIOS; 26. As Goes Voltage, So Goes Speed; 27. Set the CPU Multiplier; 28. Unlock Your CPU Multiplier; 29. Check the Vents; 4. Memory Hacks
30. Install More RAM31. Recognize Memory Limitations; 32. Install the RAM Your Operating System Needs; 33. Tame the Windows 95 and 98 Cache; 34. Manage the Paging File; 4.6.2. Windows NT, 2000, XP, 2003; 4.6.3. Hacking the Hack; 35. Manage Windows System Resources; 36. Force Windows 98 and Me to Swap Less; 37. Pin the Kernel in RAM; 38. Speed Up Your RAM; 39. Enable Memory Interleave for Via Chipsets; 5. Disk Hacks; 40. Partition and Format Wisely; 5.2.2. The Different Filesystems; 41. Determine Your Filesystem; 42. Create a New Partition with NT, 2000, XP, and 2003
43. Create a New Partition with PartitionMagic44. Merge Partitions with PartitionMagic; 45. Convert FAT to NTFS; 46. Create or Delete NTFS Partitions from the Recovery Console; 47. Fix the Master Boot Record on FAT Partitions; 48. Fix the Master Boot Record on NTFS Partitions; 49. Fix the Partition Boot Sector on NTFS Partitions; 50. Fix GRUB or LILO Boot Problems; 51. Format Your Disk; 52. Change Logical Drive Letters; 53. Restore DOS Bootability; 54. Rescue a Blown 2000 or XP Installation; 55. Fix the Windows 95 File-Caching Bug; 56. Avoid the Delayed-Write-Caching Blues
57. Detect Drive Failure Before It Happens6. Disk Drive Performance Hacks; 58. Choose the Fastest Hard Drive; 59. Use an 80-Wire Cable; 60. Upgrade Your IDE Interface; 61. Kick It Up a Notch with Serial ATA; 62. Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Intel Chipsets; 63. Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Via Chipsets; 64. Speed It Up with RAID; 65. Speed Up DOS with SMARTDRV; 66. Speed Up Windows with VCACHE; 67. Linux&s Drive Performance Booster; 7. Video Hacks; 68. Get off the PCI Bus; 69. Upgrade from Built-in Video; 70. Don&t Expect Much from AGP Aperture Size; 71. Choose the Correct AGP Mode
72. Overclock Your nVidia Adapter
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