Tweaks for Hardware to boost up your system’s speed

Tuesday, May 08, 2007 Posted by Aman Jain

Quickly press [Delete] as your computer starts up to enter your PC’s BIOS.This is where you set your system for better performance -no matter what OS you are running.

Before anything else if your BIOS version is over a year or two old chances are your motherboard manufacturer has released an updated version that will significantly increase the performance and stability.If the Flashing process is interrupted your motherboard will be rendered useless.Flashing is therefore not for the faint hearted .Get your system assembler to update your BIOS.

Beyond Clock Speeds
The first step to overclocking your CPU is to increase the Font Side Bus(FSB).Before you start ,ensure you have a well ventilated cabinet ,with at least three fans-one for ventilation ,one for the Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) and one for the CPU. Increase the FSB in the smallest of installments from say 133MHz to 135 MHz. Now change your CPU ratio marginally, and keep testing system stability and performance .Of course this only applies to Athlon CPUs
Intel locks theirs to prevent overclocking accidents.Dont try to change the voltage settings this will significantly increase the amount of heat produced.

Basic BIOS Tweaks
Here are some generic BIOS tweaks to increase performance.
Firstly set the First Boot Device to your C: Drive and disable the Second,Third,and Other Boot Devices.On the rare occasions when you need to boot from Floppy or a CD a deft
move on [Delete] and changing the First Boot Device Option to Floppy or CD will remedy the situation.

Change the ‘CAS Latency Time’ from 3 to 2-This reduces the amount of time your RAM waits before it starts a ‘read’ command .

Change the ‘RAS-to-CAS Delay’ and the ‘RAS Precharge Time’ to 2-this reduces the delay between the signals and lets the memory refresh faster.

Make sure that the boot up virus checking is disabled to increase boot times significantly.
Disable ‘Boot up Floppy seek’ so that BIOS won’t waste time looking for the Floppy drive.Disable the Video BIOS shadow.

If you have a graphics card with over 16 MB of memory,disable ‘Video Ram Cacheable’
Set the initial display card as either PCI or AGP, and not ‘Auto’ depending on the configuration of your Graphics card.

Dirty Hardware
Cleanliness is next to godliness even in technology .Keep your cabinet clean and in a well ventilated area .This is especially important for surfaces shich as those of the CPU,GPU and the power supply that heat up.As long as these are clean.the heat wont build up
Use soft brushes to clean fans to prevent them from slowing down or locking up,which can cause hardware damage.

Cable Chaos
Arrange and tie your cables with rubber bands or cotton threads to prevent entanglement and improve ventilation.Also try and space hard drives as far away from each other as possible.Consider adding a fan for your hard drives is your cabinet is too small.

Separate IDEs Please
A common misconception is that if the hard disk and CD ROM drive are on the same cable ,date transfer will be faster .This isn’t true,since data transfer rates depend on Integrated Device Electronics (IDE) controllers ,which run at the speed of the slower device.Since the optical device is slower than the hard disk,connecting them to the same IDE port slows down performance .
Also transfer speeds between drives on two different IDE channels is faster than that between devices on the same IDE channel.
(Source :Digit)