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Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia
     

Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia

by David L. Farquhar, Robert Denn (Editor)
 

Every Windows user has spent hours trying to figure out ways to optimize system performance. And each of those same users has most likely been frustrated by that process. Understanding Win 9x and tuning it to be more efficient, whether for desktop applications or video-intensive games, can be very time-consuming.This book gives you the tips and tricks you'll need

Overview

Every Windows user has spent hours trying to figure out ways to optimize system performance. And each of those same users has most likely been frustrated by that process. Understanding Win 9x and tuning it to be more efficient, whether for desktop applications or video-intensive games, can be very time-consuming.This book gives you the tips and tricks you'll need to make your system run faster than ever before, and you won't find them in any Windows documentation. Do you really need Internet Explorer? Can you use an alternative shell that will give you a better Windows experience? Maybe you're wondering if you need a hardware upgrade or if you can tweak your existing system to work faster instead and save you a lot of unnecessary expense? Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia will answer these questions and save you wasted hours of searching and experimenting on your own computer to find the practical solutions you're looking for.This book covers:

  • General concepts of conserving memory and CPU cycles, processor speed, and disk optimization
  • Speeding application launch times
  • Utilities bundles and which one is right for fine-tuning your system
  • Benefits of partitioning your drive and what tools you need to do it
  • What to look for in uninstallers and how to use this valuable maintenance tool strategically
  • Replacement Windows shells like Program Manager and freeware shells like EVWM and LiteStep
  • Optimizing DOS sessions and Dial-up networking
You may find other books that teach you how to be more productive with the user interface, but they don't talk much about system optimization. Whether you use your computer in a home or office for business or games, with Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics and Multimedia you won't need to dig through hundreds of pages to come up with a small handful of tips. This book does that work for you and presents it in an easily referenced format.If you want to make the most of your time and your computer, this is a book you'll want on your shelf.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
You can make Windows a whole lot scrappier, more efficient, and just plain faster—and David L. Farquahr will show you how. This book is full of ideas you haven't seen in the usual computer magazines. Some of them, like organizing your drives into many smaller partitions instead of one big one, go against conventional wisdom. But they make for faster (and in some cases more stable) systems, especially for gaming and multimedia.

Farquhar shows you custom techniques for optimizing virtual memory to your specific patterns of usage; then walks you through finding your system's fastest video settings (they aren't necessarily 640x480—and with some video cards, 1024x768 is faster than 800x600, which is counterintuitive, to say the least). You'll learn how to optimize your Windows folder (and clear out unnecessary clutter); speed up the boot process by editing msdos.sys and adjusting your CMOS settings; streamline your Registry to improve performance, free up memory that Windows is wasting, create a lightning-fast RAM disk for Windows temporary files, and much more.

There's a full chapter on supercharging DOS for gaming, and another on improving the speed of your web connections (maybe the problem isn't the phone company or your modem, but your wiring). The book is also chock-full of information about free and low-cost Windows utilities you didn't know about.

Get Optimizing Windows For Games, Graphics & Multimedia, and you just might be able to postpone that next new computer purchase an extra year or two. Not too shabby.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565926776
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
12/08/1999
Pages:
291
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 9.17(h) x 0.76(d)

Meet the Author

Farquhar graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism and has been working as a systems analyst ever since.

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