How to Make Windows XP Startup Faster

Do you get frustrated while you wait around for your slow Windows XP computer to startup? Windows XP will automatically load and startup any program that is in the startup folder whether you intend to use it or not. This article will show you how to speed up the bootup process of your PC by removing the programs that bog it down.

Steps

  1. Click on Start, then Run, and type “msconfig”. Wait for a new window to pop up.
  2. Look under the “BOOT.INI” tab. You will see a box labeled “Timeout:”, and a numerical value. By default, it’s 30, which means 30 seconds of wait time before boot. This can be changed, using 3 seconds. (Note: if you have more than one operating system, this means the wait time to startup to the highlighted OS. you might want a bit more than 3 seconds)
  3. Delete the temporary files periodically from your computer to make the applications run faster. Type %Temp% in the run dialog box by clicking on Start -> Run, and click on “OK”. You will see an open folder with many files. Click on the Edit menu and click on Select all and then click on the File menu and select Delete. Note: Always confirm that the folder which is opened has a temp on the top of menu bar and the folder indicates that it is a temporary folder.
  4. Perform a scandisk to see that your computer hard drive is in healthy condition and it helps your computer run faster.
  5. Always perform a disk defragmentation at least once in a month. start the disk defragmentation from the system tools available in the accessories from the start menu. it takes a longer time and it is advised not to run any applications in the computer including the screen savers, while running disk defragmentation.

Hibernation

After you have done all this, another method you can do is to allow the computer to hibernate. Hibernation closes and opens Windows faster than normally. However, Hibernation is not a good long-term solution, as it continues to waste electricity.

  1. Go to Start->Control Panel->Power Options. Click on the Hibernate tab.
  2. Click on the box that says “Enable hibernation” to check it.
  3. Click on the Advanced tab and change the Power buttons options if you want to hibernate by pressing the sleep button or the power button. Otherwise, holding the Shift key while in the Turn Off Computer menu will give you the option to hibernate.
  4. Restart your computer every week or so to clear your computer.

The power can then be completely turned off, even at the socket so that no power is wasted.

Prefetch

  1. Simply browse to the windows folder (Ex: C:\Windows) and under there you should see the prefetch folder. Go into the prefetch folder and delete all the files (Careful! It should look like this c:\windows\prefetch). We need to edit a registry key to tweak it. Open regedit and browse to this key:

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

Under this key you should see a value named: EnablePrefetcher

It has 4 possible values:

0 – Disabled : The prefetch system is turned off.

1 – Application : The prefetch only caches applications.

2 – Boot : The prefetch only caches boot system files.

3 – All : The prefetch caches boot, and application files.

We don’t want to disable it entirely. This would actually make boot times *longer*. This is because this feature is also used to speed up the loading of boot files. That is why we are going to pick the number 2 option. It allows us to keep the advantage of caching system files, without continually clogging the system up with applications.

Set the value to 2 and reboot.

The 2nd time you boot it should boot much faster. Remember that the side effect is that launching individual applications once windows has loaded will now be slightly slower.

more focus less resistance

As we grow, we have been focusing on direct markets and how they interact, our mesh has grown to new heights. as one grows there is more to do, and more to learn. the more you learn the more you try to apply. Remember one this, focus on your mesh and your project will have less resistance.

My meeting with my fortune 500 peers has taught me focus is a primate function of every leader.

mobilemesh ™ – the Basics on DIY MeshBox

Our goal over the next week is to show the nmesh network being built, and explaining each part and such.

Mesh is self healing multipoint to multipoint wireless to wireless networking. Our system can support up to 4 high power cards and 4 separate frequencies to transmit ans receive on. The first system we will build is the DIY meshbox.

Checklist:

Old computer 300mhz -1 ghz PC aka your DIY MeshBox

  • MeshBox must have working cdrom and can boot from it.
  • MeshBox must have working ethernet port. We prefer 3coms, intel and other major brands.
  • Meshbox must have minimium of 128 mges ram and 128 mge flash/ide card installed or a small hard drive.
  • Meshbox must have wireless card installed – We use Cisco 352 cards (pci) or Lucent/ Avaya Cards/Senao (pcmcia).
  • a PCI to PCMCIA to the PC (if using PCMCIA card)
  • a micro PCMCIA to PCI card for newer cards (see approved list)
  • UPS & power cables,  ethernet cable (straight thru)

Monitor, network connection (DHCP) and keyboard needed.

Next: How to Assemble your DIY MobileMeshBox.

Setting up a VOIP system – prt 2 – Load OS & Update

you have your software downloaded……..

Now boot the server/pc from the PBX cdrom. The unit will ask a couple questions like time zone, and language. simply follow along and answer. use the tab key to jump from box to box. very simple (old school) use of ansi graphics.

It will also ask you to set the password. write it down.

login once done into console:

root with your password

yum -y upgrade is always recommended to get unit to latest version of code.

when you login as root it will give you the IP your network hands out. This means you need a dhcp server somewhere on the network. all routers come with them today, so chances r u already have it. if ip is 10.0.0.2 login to http://10.0.0.2

register your unit next.

then click on packages, and select update on all installed.

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more soon!

Free VOIP demand less?

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HOWTO – Establish A Hosting Solution by Ted Green

had a friend and she wanted to know how to setup her own hosting solution at work, for her email, websites and projects. She runs off a cable modem, and check and her provider does have her with 4 static IP’s.

basics.

Check domain name .

use any whois website. (link)

buy domain your name first if your serious about selling, networking or doing buiness online. This way you move, change providers, on and on, and you can move that domain to any host and your back in business.

Now setup DNS

visit zonedit.com , register. (link)

use DNS servers listed to use for DNS

when setting up your zones use the IP you have set asside as your new server.

zone edit has great instructions and even examples.

* note after your account is setup you need to login thought the secure connection only. (link)

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Building your Hosting Server……

I prefer rackmount but have great deals (wholesale prices) on most gear.

I bought a cheap Dell server (link) for $150

  • dual processor (1 gig each)
  • 1gig of ram
  • raid5 embedded
  • 8 of 12 drives filled.

had to fiddle with the unit for a second. if your new to computers, a ‘whitebox’ unit with the basics specs work, and ide is much cheaper than SCSI/LVM/RAIDS and the learning curve. whitebox link

Download BlueQuartz Centos ISO (free) (iso link)

Burn to CD . I used ImgBurn. (free) (link)

Take burned CD , place in server/computer.

boot pc/server

If set to boot from cd, cd will auto start. if not go into bios and set.

follow instructions page by page setup. asks only a few question and then the cd jumps into action, wipes the unit, repartitions the drive, dumps the data and dependencies, and gets the boot setup. not much work at all except watching in amazement. ( great work I must say guys)

NOTE: make sure the hard drive your using is clean or you do not want anything off it. the system cd will wipe and install the OS.

after installed login as root or system will start asking your IP info

follow instruction and set to that IP you used in your DNS

example 10.0.0.2 / subnet 255.255.255.0 /gateway 10.0.0.1

use the correct gateway and subnet or your box wont show up on your network!

Goto webbrowser on another PC connected to internet

open web browser

in address type http://10.0.0.2.

goto bottom of page. Click start.

follow instructions, set time date, and password.

default will be admin / admin unless you change password here.

once its up ( dont start adding stuff yet) go back to console of server.

login : admin with pw admin

su

type admin

you should now have root access. You will not be able to login as root as default due to it being a huge security issue. admin is your main username . then you super user (su command) and gain root access.

now type ‘yum -y upgrade’

it should update some 200-800 packages and say ready when done. I reboot here.

Login via web to http://10.0.0.2

first thing: CHANGE PASSWORD

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To change your network settings from the command line, run
the command /root/network_settings.sh

To remove this notice, edit /root/.bashrc

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have fun ! Hope this helps!

Setting up a VOIP system – prt 1 – prep

Setting up a VOIP system – part 1 – preparation

Asterisk PBX

prep:

I recommend learning b4 you leap into something. It makes it more fun and you actually dont shut down and walk away if it gives you problems, and learning anyhting new has issues.

get a place where you have broadband and pots ( plain ole telephone lines) line.

you need a 1 GHZ PC if your trying to get any performance, with as much ram as it can handle. I like a gig to half a gig mimimum. PC needs a working 10/100 NIC ( network interface card) either onboard or installed. Once all the parts are in place, test the box.

Second you will need a Linksys PAP. Its a ethernet to VOIP device. you can purchase them at any major store and online. make sure they are unlocked version. Many vendors have custom settings that are not removable without destroying the units warranty. I like the dual POTS unit myself.

testing:

I think this is the most overlooked area in development. test. test and test again. The more you handle the projects parts, the better and faster you become. i know somethings cant be tested, but things like PC, & PAP devices.