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konypt

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#1 13 years ago

To release more memory and stop cr*p stealing cycles and slowing your gameplay, it's possible to stop some of the Windows XP services. I only have one user under XP, have a pretty standard PC with FAT32 and an NVidia 7800gt card and an Audigy 2 and I am on a cable broadband connection via a router box, so if your setup is radically different, then use this guide AT YOUR OWN RISK.

*** WARNING *** Permanently disabling some services so screws windows that it may fail to boot, start, need reinstalling or may even do damage (cooler/oc controls) so BEWARE.

At 'Run...' type services.msc and then select the service and click 'Stop' under Services (local) to stop them in your session. You may NOT want to alter their properties and permanently disable them since you can screw XP so badly you will rue the day you fiddled with them. IF anything goes wrong, restart and if you only stopped them, then they'll restart next boot up. IF ITS STILL SCREWED: a) Cry b) Buy new PC c) Reinstall Windows d) Give up computing e) Learn to play a musical instrument e) Curse in four languages f) Wonder why there are two e) items g) All or some of the above!

I have several services turned off permanently in my profile anyhow, but I always end up deactivating a few that I use rarely or the ones that XP needs to start then doesn't do much with, before running BF2. I have been using settings like this for ages and it is very surprising what can be turned off and the performance gains you might see. Memeory-wise, expect to gain 64Mb of ram. Experiment but don't blame me... you are the one with a mouse clicking the damned buttons.

*** If you cock up your PC ... You have ONLY yourself to blame. *** "I can only show you the door. You are the one who has to step through it!"

Win XP Services you can safely turn off to run BF2 : - Alerter (Disabled Permanently on mine and no ill effects) - Automatic Updates - Clipbook (Disabled permanently on mine but who knows!) - COM+ Event System - COM+ System Application - Cryptographic Services - Diskeeper (I use it but it slows gaming) - Distributed Transaction Coordinator - EPSON Printer Status Agent (or anything that monitors ink levels) - Error Reporting Services - Fast User Switching Compatibility - Help and Support - HTTP SSL (Remember to reboot after bf2 or IE will not work properly) - Human Interface Device Access (Disabled permanently and no ill effects and I use a Logitech Wingman Joystick!) - IPSEC Services - Network DDE (Disabled permanently and no ill effects) - Network DDE DSDM (Disabled permanently and no ill effects) - Messenger (Disabled permanently on mine - Kill this cr*p and banish the evil one to the four winds!) - Print Spooler (..like you're gonna be printing something!) - Routing and Remote Access (Disbaled permanently and no ill effects) - Secondary Logon - Security Centre (...like you're gonna be updating windows mid bf2 session!) - Shell Hardware Detection (the BF2 original disk is in that drive, right!) - SSDP Discovery Service ( will you be plugging in new network hardware while sniping?) - System Restore Service (like you're updating windows during a bf2 game) - Task Scheduler (will you be defragging mid game?) - Telnet (Disabled permanently and no ill effects) - Windows Image Acquisition (like we all scan documents while playing bf2!) - Windows Time (is disabled permanently and no ill effects)

***** ADDED BONUS 1 ***** To help you know whether you're on the right track, Press CTRL+ALT+DEL and get the task manager up. Under Processes Tab : Right Click on any spyware or cr*p that runs in the background or even bits like 'rundll32.exe' that get left behind by poorly coded junk that loads up and leaves it behind. Select 'End Process Tree' option to kill it and anything associated with it in memory for this session. Typical ones are printer management and instant messaging stuff as well as garbage that tells you your local weather or if your webcam is on or makes some girl jiggle on your desktop. Kill it and play on a cleaner system. *** HINT : Never zap gfx and snd card stuff like nv*.* or ati*.* or ct*.* your game may not run properly.

***** ADDED BONUS 2 ***** Get a copy of 'Starter' so you know what is starting up in windows when it boots and untick anything that is plain useless, rarely used or a pain. If it doesn't start, it can't be running under all your other processes, can it?

***** ADDED BONUS END *****

These settings work for me. Who can say if they'll work for you. Don't alter anything you cannot alter back and do your own research re. Windows XP Services. There are a few GREAT sites out there who can tell you what each does and whether u can turn it off safely. Go browse!

regards konypt :cya:

A non-cheating, non-skillful, real player who loves games but hates the hardware requirements being upped every month to play them. Next Stop : 3Gb Bf2 maps!! BTW Try not to drive over my mines, dummy! "Expect problems and you will reduce them!"




SteelSabre

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#2 13 years ago

and how do you POSSIBLY GET LAG WITH A 7800GTX?




Dark Saint

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#3 13 years ago

Because lag doesn't come from the video card. It is prolly system lag, connection lag ... His cpu , or ram .... you put a 7800 in a p4 1.8 and you will have lag. you try and play this game with 128 upload, and you will have some lag. It isn't designated to just the video card.

STEEL SABRE> PLEASE UPLOAD YOUR AVATAR AGAIN. or we will have to take it out.




Breadstick360

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#4 13 years ago

:eek: EEK!! thats some scary stuff.

NO way I'd do that just to ease some lag. That info is a reciept for disaster.

Anyone not to pc handy should not follow this stuff.

But thx for the info...I just think it's alittle goofy....for lagg.




ZZZargo333

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#5 13 years ago

lot less trouble for him to go out and buy a new processor new hdd and perhaps another gig of RAM....new HDD will speed everything up if u put just the game and a few other things on it as the computer only has to search that one drive for gaming crap, worked for me great :) verifying client data is now almost instant.




Oblivious

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#6 13 years ago
Breadstick360:eek: EEK!! thats some scary stuff. NO way I'd do that just to ease some lag. That info is a reciept for disaster. Anyone not to pc handy should not follow this stuff. But thx for the info...I just think it's alittle goofy....for lagg.

What the poster is describing can actually work, but as you also mention, if you aren't very pc savvy, you might be safer leaving well enough alone. But, there's no doubt that windows has tons of stuff running by default that really don't need to be for most gamers/pc users.

Another "crazy" way to increase game/system performance is to do a complete HD reformat and fresh install of windows. This is something I think everyone should consider doing at least once a year to truly clean their system. It's amazing how much crap ends up on your pc over the course of a year that you really don't need. But again, if you don't really know what you're doing, you probably shouldn't attempt that either.




phoenix12

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#7 13 years ago

Oblivious

Another "crazy" way to increase game/system performance is to do a complete HD reformat and fresh install of windows.

I've been thinking of doing that as my comp is approaching the 2 year mark, but as you say, it's a bit intimidating. If anyone knows of a good guide/tutorial on doing that I'd love to hear about it.




Dark Saint

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#8 13 years ago
ObliviousWhat the poster is describing can actually work, but as you also mention, if you aren't very pc savvy, you might be safer leaving well enough alone. But, there's no doubt that windows has tons of stuff running by default that really don't need to be for most gamers/pc users. Another "crazy" way to increase game/system performance is to do a complete HD reformat and fresh install of windows. This is something I think everyone should consider doing at least once a year to truly clean their system. It's amazing how much crap ends up on your pc over the course of a year that you really don't need. But again, if you don't really know what you're doing, you probably shouldn't attempt that either.

Well if they don't know what they are doing in the first place. i wouldn't want them to do a format LOL. Not that it is hard, but that is the way it is. if you have the right software and proggies, you don't have to do a clean install. ;)




Oblivious

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#9 13 years ago
MerrickDSif you have the right software and proggies, you don't have to do a clean install. ;)[/QUOTE]Absolutely, and I do that as well during the interim, and it does make a big difference. But, I've found that it's still nice to every once in a while just dump the whole damn thing and start clean. It really makes for a very noticable boost in performance. [QUOTE=phoenix12]I've been thinking of doing that as my comp is approaching the 2 year mark, but as you say, it's a bit intimidating. If anyone knows of a good guide/tutorial on doing that I'd love to hear about it.

It's really not all that difficult to do, the hardest part for me is figuring out what I need to back up on my HDD before erasing it. A few years ago, I accidentally erased an entire Disneyland/California vacation picture archive from existance. My wife will never let me forget about that! It's much easier to keep from deleting stuff by accident now that I have a couple of DVD burners. I usually just back up most of my hard drives including the entire "my documents" folders and much of the Program Files and saved game folders.

It doesn't take all that long to do it. Usually, within 2 hours, I've done the HD format, the new windows install, all drivers installed, internet working and all the programs I consider to be critical re-installed.

I pm'd you a few tutorial links so you could see what is involved... :deal:




Dark Saint

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#10 13 years ago

you should post those links so people that read this and need the info can use it also ;) depending on