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#60778 - 09/01/04 01:20 PM Tips & Tweaks Submitted by Our Boomies Updated 11/29/07
infernoj13usa Offline
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BAAG Specialist

Registered: 06/07/02
Posts: 5766
Loc: FT. Worth ....Where the West b...
Here below please find a list of helpful sites
and tips to whip that computer into shape!
Our thanks to all of the Gameboomers who
have contributed through former stickys.
In an effort to unclutter the "stickys"
I've combined some of the older ones here
to make room for the newer ones and will
add to this list as time goes on.
I've also referenced the posts pertaining
to each item so you can still read them
if you wish.

Inferno wink

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  • I've updated and reworked
    The General Drill
    so that it is now printable. There are a dozen
    or more new sections that you may like to take a look at:
  • Acceleration Levels
  • AutoPlay (Enable or Disable)
  • Clean Boot
  • DirectX
  • DOSBox
  • Drivers for Sound & Video
  • DXIAG
  • File Extensions
  • Hotfixes (Removing)
  • Got SP2? Get The Patch
  • Increasing Your Files
  • NTVDM
  • Quick Time
  • Patches
  • Safe Disk Fix
  • Send me your Specs
  • Spy-ware
  • The Task Manager Step
  • Virtual Memory :Increasing
  • Virtual Memory :Decreasing
  • Win Zip


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  • Jeff Levy's Computer Lessons

    These lessons can be downloaded PDF style.
    You can also listen to his radio program
    here

    submitted by Cathy1:
    Thanks so much for finding the link.
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  • The Kim Komando Show
    this is another fantastic radio show and website
    (and still my personal favorite!)The newsletter
    is chuck full of useful and interesting items.

    repecfully sumitted by Infernoj13usa

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  • Links for Anti-Virus, Spyware, Firewalls
    all freeware or shareware.
    Sygate Firewall

    AVG Anti-Virus Program from Grisoft


    submitted by Lasanidine:
    Thank you, thank you!!!
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    Adaware by Lavasoft

    submitted by Horsedancer:
    we are greatful!
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    Spybot

    submitted by Aggie: Thanks Aggie!

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  • Video Tutorial for Virtual PC

    For Vista

    For Windows XP

    submitted by Robert:
    many thanks, Robert!

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  • Changing Affintiy for Dual Core Processors Manually

    Tutorial for Grim Fandango

    submitted by Skeeeter22UK
    thanks, Skeeter!

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#60779 - 02/16/05 05:27 PM Re: Tips & Tweaks Submitted by Our Boomies Updated 11/09/06
Jenny100 Offline
GB Reviewer Glitches Moderator
Sonic Boomer

Registered: 10/24/00
Posts: 35369
Loc: southeast USA
  • For those who've installed XP SP2 and lost their compatibility mode...
    There is a patch from Packard Bell that restores a file that is often deleted when SP2 is installed.
    It is called dosapps_sp2_patch.exe

    You can get it ***here*** .
    just follow the on screen directions and you don't need to insert the WindowXP disk into the CDdrive.

    The direct link to the patch is ***here***.
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  • The Compatibility Mode in Windows 2000 has to be enabled. You won't see it by default.

    Check here
    Support Microsoft
    Windows IT Pro

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  • If you get a 16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem error when installing a game, there is a download at Softpedia that should help. Check ***here*** .
    Thankyou Visionisn & Blbsbet44
    This one may need the Windows XP CD inserted into the CDROM or DVDROM Drive.

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  • Microsoft's support link for the 16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem error in XP gives a manual fix for the problem. 16-bit MS-DOS Subsystem Errors

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  • Robert Gault discovered another fix for a Win16 Subsystem error. He was getting the following message when trying to install an older Windows game: "The Win16 Subsystem was unable to enter Protected Mode, DOSX.EXE must be in your AUTOEXEC.NT and present in your PATH." His solution was to reinstall redir.exe, himem.sys, command.com, and mscdexnt.exe from his Windows XP CD.
    Quote:
    The files were reinstalled by opening a MS-DOS prompt window, changing to the WinXP CDROM i386 directory, and issuing the command for each file:

    expand filename C:\windows\system32\filename

    Note that filename on the CDROM is not the same as the file name on the hard drive. For example:
    expand redir.ex_ C:\windows\system32\redir.exe
    Note that in his case, his autoexec.nt was not the problem.

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  • From http://www.tweakguides.com/

    Quote:

    Microsoft Releases Fix for SafeDisc
    30 April 2005

    If you're running games under a restricted user account with fast user switching under Windows XP, some games won't start properly - the game may ask you to insert the original disk in the drive, even when it's already there. This is due to the SafeDisc copy protection system used by some games. The two ways to fix this are to either run games under an Administrator-level account (recommended) or download and apply this MS SafeDisc Fix .
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  • Download the Starforce removal tool from here
    http://www.star-force.com/support/drivers/

    Here is a direct link to the tool
    http://www.star-force.com/support/sfdrvrem.zip

    Unzip the file and double-click the unzipped removal tool.

    If you want to check to make sure it did its job, and you have Win 2000 or XP, follow these steps:

    First enable the viewing of hidden drivers in Device Manager using the procedure outlined here

    http://www.petri.co.il/display_phantom_drivers_in_windows_2000_xp_2003.htm

    or by doing the following:

    Click Start->Run->CMD
    SET DEVMGR_SHOW_NONPRESENT_DEVICES=1
    START DEVMGMT.MSC
    In the window that opens, Click View/Show all hidden devices.

    StarForce drivers will show up in Device Manager under Non-Plug and Play Drivers when "Show hidden Devices" is checked in the View menu. You may have to re-check "Show hidden devices" every time you open Device Manager.

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  • Screen Shot Maker

    This is a small utility for creating Screen Shots for error messages --- which may help when you are describing your game issues to us

    Gadwin's Printscreen


    submitted by Merlin

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