Monthly Archives: January 2008

MSCONFIG is not an on/off switch..

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You don’t believe me? So go take a look for yourself.. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310560  It is a DIAGNOSTIC tool. It has never been officially designated an on/off switch, but it became common among Windows 9x users to use it as one. The problem stemmed from a small and finite block of resources in the Windows 9x family.… Continue reading MSCONFIG is not an on/off switch..

Low Disk Space Warning After Backing Up..

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Preface The general idea behind backups is to create usable retrievable copies of data onto media that is then kept isolated from the computer system until such time as there is a necessity to retrieve any of them. The term ‘backup’ is also synonymous with ‘compression’ which leads to problems all of its own. Each… Continue reading Low Disk Space Warning After Backing Up..

4gb RAM installed but only 3gb RAM shows..

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“This behaviour is the expected result of certain hardware and software factors. Various devices in a typical computer require memory-mapped access. This is known as memory-mapped I/O (MMIO). For the MMIO space to be available to 32-bit operating systems, the MMIO space must reside within the first 4 GB of address space. For example, if… Continue reading 4gb RAM installed but only 3gb RAM shows..

‘Why games don’t play so well’ Update..

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Since writing the first part, I have reloaded Halo for PC, Combat Flight Simulator 3 and Fable Lost Chapters. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the DirectX 9 ‘pack’ has improved the way the games play now. I can set detail in each game on the highest settings possible, and they will… Continue reading ‘Why games don’t play so well’ Update..