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Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
@David, like other “RAM optimizers”, it doesn’t actually free anything up. It simply allocates lots of memory (up to the amount installed in the system) for itself, which causes the OS to push everything else (that is possible) out to the pagefile (virtual memory). Then it frees the memory, leaving the physical RAM free, but because all the other memory already allocated to other programs is now on disk, it all has to start getting copied back to physical RAM. This means a lot more disk thrashing. I’m pretty sure this would not really help the OP, and probably make it take even longer.
Feb
10
comment Overcoming the 1024 character limit with setx
Oh and editing an env.var. actually causes problems if you don’t reboot because any environment variables that contain other variables will stop being expanded. For example, I just broadcast it and now this is my path and I get an error because the path is now “broken”/empty. None of the vars will expand properly again until I reboot. Unfortunately this is “normal”. :-|
Feb
10
comment Overcoming the 1024 character limit with setx
I suppose, but like I said, it won’t help. It has the same effects that setx and the Env-Var dialog do. It notifies the system that the vars. have changed, but they don’t actually take effect until you restart them. In other words, you have to exit and re-run every program that you want to know about the change. Is there a reason you can’t reboot? Can the longer path wait until you can?
Feb
10
comment Swapped hard drive into new laptop - how do I remove old system files?
Um, okay. o.O I never said it didn’t or wans’t.
Feb
10
comment Swapped hard drive into new laptop - how do I remove old system files?
Problem nothing; I purposely don’t bother to uninstall all the old, no-longer-present hardware from Device Manager. It is a nice log of the parts I used to have. ;-) (The actual files, services, filters, etc. on the other hand… not likely to be a problem unless they are actually loaded and using up memory and CPU.)
Feb
10
comment Why can't my computer speed up again after closing large applications?
I’d recommend looking at the CPU usage more than the RAM usage. Yes, the hard-drive is likely thrashing while the pagefile is swapped, but if the mouse cursor is that frozen, it is more likely the CPU is overloaded. Look a TaskManager and watch it for a while. When you exit heavy-duty apps on a system that can barely handle them, it may take (quite) a while for it to finish cleaning up and start idling. As for RAMRush, it looks like a typical RAM “optimizer” that simply allocates all system memory and then frees it. It may help in this case, but will probably just make it take longer.
Feb
10
comment Port forwarding on D-link DIR-615 router
Also, which version of the DIR-615 do you have? They differ quite a bit in some parts.
Feb
10
comment how do you turn icmp on in a dlink dir 600 router?
@Smurf64, caution; “look around for…” answers often evoke down-votes.
Feb
10
comment Port forwarding on D-link DIR-615 router
Which port? Are you sure there is a service/program listening on the port? No, the external IP does not matter. What matters is that the router is correctly set to detect traffic and route it to the correct local system. If you only have one computer, you could configure “virtual server” instead of using port-forwarding (ie triggering).
Feb
9
comment Random crashes and beeps
@emzero, did you try flashing the BIOS? > But if it's a problem with the BIOS ROM, why would it happen during high stress use (playing game)? Heat. Did the fan help?
Feb
9
comment Hard drive spins down after installing/updating .NET Framework
The drives shutting down at a BSOD is normal. Turn off auto-restart to be able to see what information the BSOD is giving you (without having to jump through hoops).
Feb
9
comment Overcoming the 1024 character limit with setx
Yes, a reboot is required. setx edits the registry as I indicated, then broadcasts a WM_SETTINGCHANGE message. This tells all top-level windows that a system setting has changed (in this case an environment variable). Without that, Explorer and programs you opened with it will not know about the change. You could broadcast the message yourself manually (I wrote a program to do just that, and a batch file to replace SETX that makes a registry edit followed by the broadcast), but just like setx and the System Properties envvar dialog, it has side-effects that make rebooting preferable.
Feb
9
comment Simplifying Tightly Packing Multiple Images
I’ve already seen a dozen pages about that (including the one you linked to). I’m not in the mood to write code for what I would use once in a blue moon. I’m just looking for a program or website that facilitates this procedure.
Feb
9
comment How can I reinstall Windows 7 if I lost my installation DVD?
Is it a good idea to link to MDL?
Feb
9
comment Make headphone output mono
It also requires getting it just right. Too little and nothing changes; too much and you get one speaker connected to the opposite channel and the other speaker disconnected altogether.
Feb
9
comment Make headphone output mono
That’s what I would do if there were not a software solution. It’s not as complex as you claim though, it’s quite easy, and cheap too since you can get all kinds of connectors for under $1 (and free shipping) on eBay.
Feb
9
comment Reinstall Windows without buying a new copy of OS
Interesting how this question was closed for being an “exact duplicate” of Can I transfer a Windows 7 licence to another computer?, but that question is closed for being an “exact duplicate” of When reinstalling Windows 7, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter?. Yet, this question does not link directly to the second one. Funny how A=B and B=C, but A≠C. Math has no place in SE! :-p
Feb
9
comment Reinstall Windows without buying a new copy of OS
@Psycogeek, who said anything about cracks? Don’t jump to conclusions. Maybe they are just sloppy in their Internet activities and need some security education.
Feb
8
comment Random crashes and beeps
> I've run 1 pass of Memtest86 (took about 40 minutes) with 0 errors. So the RAMs seems to be perfect. A single successful pass does not perfect make. (I learned that the hard way.)
Feb
8
comment How do I get Chrome 17 to prerender pages during autocomplete?
It performs the analysis based on the history. If he has already been using Chrome for a while, then that is not the problem.