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Monday, October 11, 2010

[Boosting Your Windows XP] Increasing Graphics Performance

Increasing Graphics Performance
 
By default, WindowsXP turns on a lot of shadows, fades, slides etc to menu items.
Most simply slow down their display.
 
To turn these off selectively:
 
Right click on the My Computer icon
Select Properties
Click on the Advanced tab
Under Performance, click on the Settings button
To turn them all of, select Adjust for best performance
My preference is to leave them all off except for Show shadows under mouse pointer and Show window contents while dragging

How to Speedup Firefox

In the URL bar, type "about:config" and press enter. This will bring up the configuration "menu" where you can change the parameters of Firefox.
 
Note that these are what I've found to REALLY speed up my Firefox significantly - and these settings seem to be common among everybody else as well. But these settings are optimized for broadband connections - I mean with as much concurrent requests we're going to open up with pipelining… lol… you'd better have a big connection.
 
Double Click on the following settins and put in the numbers below - for the true / false booleans - they'll change when you double click.
 
Code:
browser.tabs.showSingleWindowModePrefs – true
network.http.max-connections – 48
network.http.max-connections-per-server – 16
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-proxy – 8
network.http.max-persistent-connections-per-server – 4
network.http.pipelining – true
network.http.pipelining.maxrequests – 100
network.http.proxy.pipelining – true
network.http.request.timeout – 300
 

One more thing… Right-click somewhere on that screen and add a NEW -> Integer. Name it "nglayout.initialpaint.delay" and set its value to "0". This value is the amount of time the browser waits before it acts on information it receives. Since you're broadband - it shouldn't have to wait.
 
Now you should notice you're loading pages MUCH faster now!
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