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31st Jan 2006, 21:41
Okay, this thread is just generally for optimizing your computer to get the best performance out of it for games. There's some fairly simple things you can do, but I would not reccomend everything here for the unexperienced.

Keep Update Drivers

Guru3D - Good Drivers Site (http://www.guru3d.com)

Video Card Drivers

There are also modified drivers out there which people tweak them to give better performance & quality. They can also help fix problems you might be having with certain games.

ATi Video Cards Latest Driver

ATi Catalyst 6.1 Driver - Windows XP/2000 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1302)

Omega ATi Performance 6.1 Driver - Windows XP/2000 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1303)

nVIDIA Video Cards Latest Driver

ForceWare 83.40 - Windows XP/2000 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1309)

NGO ForceWare Performance 83.10 Driver - Windows XP/2000 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1306)

Video Card Tools

I reccomend only advance user's tamper with this video card tools to tweak you settings. However you gotta learn someway ;) !

RivaTuner 2.0 RC 15.8 (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=163)

RivaTuner is a great video card tweaking program. Let's you adjust just about everything to get the best performance & quality out of your video card. It works for both ATi & nVIDIA!

Chipset/Motherboard Drivers

Keeping your Chipset/Motherboard Drivers up to date is another good thing to do. As new things come out for the computers, your computer might not have the data to read all these new things. Updating your chipset allows you to use newer video cards and etc.

VIA Chipset Drivers

VIA Hyperion Pro 5.07A (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1295)

Intel Chipset Drivers

Intel Chipset Driver (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?det=1226)

nVIDIA Chipset Drivers

Theres quite a few different drivers for nvidia. All depending on your chipset. So this link will bring up a nice list so you can get the correct one!

nVIDIA Chipset Drivers (http://downloads.guru3d.com/download.php?id=19)

You can also find the latest drivers for your Sound Card, Network Card, Router, etc at the manufacturers website!

Tweak Windows System Performance

Theres lots of things that can be done in Windows to get better overall system performance.

These Settings will fine tune your systems memory

management -at least 512MB of ram recommended

go to start\run\regedit -and then to the following key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Memory Management

1.DisablePagingExecutive -double click it and in the decimal put a 1 - this allows XP to keep data in memory now instead of paging sections of ram to harddrive yeilds faster performance.

2.LargeSystemCache- double click it and change the decimal to 1 -this allows XP Kernel to Run in memory improves system performance alot

Reboot PC & Your Done. NOTE: These settings might cause issues with ATi Cards. Thought I have an ATi and use this tweak, I have not had any problems.

By default NTFS will automatically update timestamps whenver a directory is traversed. This isn't a necessary feature, and it slows down large volumes.

Disable it by pointing regedit to:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\FileSystem and set 'NtfsDisableLastAccessUpdate' to 1.

One of the most frustrating things to have with a computer is a slow internet connection and 56K is about as slow as it gets these days. I feel the pain that 56K users have and hope that by following this thread they can experience a faster more reliable internet connection. There are a few things that one must understand prior to tweaking their 56K connections. The first is that it is actually a 53.3K connection since that is the speed that the FCC limits you to, on top of that most dialup users actually connect in the 40,000 – 50,000K range, which is excellent by dialup standards. Being that you actually connect in the 40-50K range you need to understand that your maximum throughput is only going to be around 6 kilobytes per second.


• First and most important is for you to download the latest drivers for your modem from the manufacturer’s website.

• Make sure you have a “clean” phone line, no static on your line. If you have static you will have a very low connect speed and no tweak will fix that.

• You need to download CableNut from here (http://dslnuts.com/software.shtml), it is the most comprehensive internet connection tweaking app available.

Setting your TCP/IP and AFD registry parameters for optimum performance.

Use the following settings in CableNut:

DefaultReceiveWindow = 8192
DefaultSendWindow = 4096
DisableAddressSharing = 1
InitialLargeBufferCount = 20
InitialMediumBufferCount = 48
InitialSmallBufferCount = 64
LargeBufferSize = 40960
MaxFastTransmit = 6400
MediumBufferSize = 15040
PriorityBoost = 0
SmallBufferSize = 1280
TransmitWorker = 32
FastSendDatagramThreshold = 1024
EnableFastRouteLookup = 1
EnablePMTUDiscovery = 1
IgnorePushBitOnReceives = 0
GlobalMaxTcpWindowSize = 8760
MaxFreeTcbs = 4000
MaxHashTableSize = 8192
MaxNormLookupMemory = 1500000
SackOpts = 1
SynAttackProtect = 1
Tcp1323Opts = 0
TcpLogLevel = 1
MaxDupAcks = 3
TcpMaxHalfOpen = 100
TcpMaxHalfOpenRetried = 80
TcpRecvSegmentSize = 1460
TcpSendSegmentSize = 1460
TcpTimedWaitDelay = 30
TcpUseRFC1122UrgentPointer = 0
TcpWindowSize = 8760
MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server = 8
MaxConnectionsPerServer = 4
DefaultTTL = 128
DisableUserTOSSetting = 0
TcpMaxDataRetransmissions = 6
DefaultTOSValue = 90

Other important tweaks to improve your connection.

Open your control panel and select the phone and modem properties icon – select the modems tab, under the modems tab highlight your modem and select properties

• General tab:

Set your speaker volume to your preference
Maximum port speed – 115,200

• Advanced tab:

• Extra Settings – this is where you put in initialization strings, they can help stabilize your connection. Try the following websites for init strings for your modem.


• Advanced port settings – check “use FIFO buffers” then slide both bars to the far right.
• Change default preferences:
Port Speed - 115,200
Data Protocol - Standard EC
Compression - enabled
Flow Control – hardware

• Advanced:

Data bits – 8
Parity – None
Stop Bits - 1
Modulation – Standard

Now select the Network and Dialup Connections and right click on your ISP’s icon and select properties.

• General tab:

Highlight your modem and select “configure”, set the maximum speed to 921,600 and under “hardware features” all the boxes are checked.

• Networking tab:

Uninstall all the protocols you don’t need. If this is a stand alone pc then all you need is Internet Protocol TCP/IP.

Select the settings button and make sure all the boxes are checked.

Setting your COM port speed properly:

Right click on My Computer and select properties – hardware – device manager – select your COM port – port settings tab – bits per second 128000 (you may need to set this a few times to make it stick).

Other important registry tweaks:

• Speeding up network browsing.

Open regedit and navigate to:


Delete the key: {D6277990-4C6A-11CF-8D87-00AA0060F5BF}

• Faster webpage tweak by giving priority to DNS lookup.

Copy and paste the following and make it a .reg file and merge it into your regstry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



• Forward buffer memory tweak, this controls how much RAM TCP/IP uses for storing packet data in the router packet queue.

Copy and paste the following and make it a .reg file and merge it into your regstry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



• By default Windows 2K & XP cache everything in the DNS cache service, both correct and faulty DNS lookups. To increase performance by eliminating the caching of faulty DNS lookups, copy and paste the following and make it a .reg file and merge it into your regstry:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



6th Feb 2006, 03:33
not even a thanks or a sticky for this? come on people!

6th Feb 2006, 05:48
lmfao...way to bump ur own thread when nobody gives a woot. :thumbsup:

6th Feb 2006, 15:48
It looks like you spent maybe 4 hours writting and doing all that I would use this info if I had the PC version of 25TL. Tis a very good guide :thumbsup: