XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Mon Jun 01, 2009 6:31 pm

This is really not a hardware thread but if you are asking what to use for the hardware you currently have with overclock potential and simply transfer over with the DDR2 currently in use then the P5E Deluxe is a decent board

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6813131317
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby WilliamH » Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:26 am

Thanks Nick.
Best regards

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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby AndreasB » Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:07 am

Hi guys,

My name is Andreas Blaeser, I am working with O&O Software.

I want to thank Nick, that he brought the problems with O&O Defrag 10 Pro to our attention. That was a great help to make O&O Defrag even better.

It's been quite a while since I found the time to visit simviation.com, but I can see that the link to our expired special offer for O&O Defrag 8.6 + O&O Defrag 10 is still in use.

I would therefore like to give all simviation members who are still using O&O Defrag 10 Professional Edition, or who are not using O&O Defrag at all, the opportunity to buy O&O Defrag 11 Professional Edition at a special price, to get the maximum out of their FSX machine.

That special offer is: O&O Defrag 11 Professional Edition for US$19.95 (instead of 49.95). The offer is valid until August 31st, 2009.

Please use the following link to purchase the special offer:

https://shop.oo-software.com/36/uurl-be5zv494tz

Thank you all for your kind words about O&O Software.

Take care and many happy landings.

Andreas Blaeser

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Note: I am employed by O&O Software GmbH, Berlin, Germany. We manufacture O&O Defrag, and our opinion is therefore of course biased.
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:14 am

Hi Andreas!

20 bucks is a DEAL!

Thanks!
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby Barnes » Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:08 pm

Hi Andreas,

Thanks for the great deal! (And thanks to Nick for the past O&O recommendations)
The link provided actually rang up at $15.88 Canadian for me.
Couldn't pass this one up....

Dave
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby DazzleStar » Mon Aug 17, 2009 4:49 am

Hi Nick.

This is a great guide you've made here, just about finishing it now, and I'm already noticing an increase in PC performance; so thanks! I was just wondering which security software you recommend, as I use AVG free 8.5, Comodo firewall, Ad-aware and Windows Defender at the moment, and they are probably using quite a few resources! I've seen you recommend NOD32 as AV, how about firewalls, etc.? Thanks for any help.
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Dell Dimension 2400
2.66GHz Pentium 4
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256mb
1gb DDR memory
80gb Seagate hard drive
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Mon Aug 17, 2009 11:32 pm

NONE

Windows Firewall is FINE

Defender?   With DCS and CYS technology?

DCS = Doesn't Catch Shi..

CYS= Cripple your System

do NOT buy into the internet BOOGIE MAN software

NOD32 AV, not the security suite.. just the AV

thats all you need

As for other software.. Spybots search and destroy updated once a month and run and MalwareBytes

When Spybots is installed ALLOW the IE integratioon but DO NOT allow the TEA TIMER.. thats it

nothing else
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby DazzleStar » Tue Aug 18, 2009 5:06 am

NONE

Windows Firewall is FINE

Defender? With DCS and CYS technology?

DCS = Doesn't Catch Shi..

CYS= Cripple your System

do NOT buy into the internet BOOGIE MAN software

NOD32 AV, not the security suite.. just the AV

thats all you need

As for other software.. Spybots search and destroy updated once a month and run and MalwareBytes

When Spybots is installed ALLOW the IE integratioon but DO NOT allow the TEA TIMER.. thats it

nothing else



Right OK, thanks. I'm trying out NOD32; I really like it, its a good piece of software. I'll take it disabling tea timer keeps it off startup? I used to have it but I felt it was ruining system performance. Thanks Nick. ; :D
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2.66GHz Pentium 4
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 256mb
1gb DDR memory
80gb Seagate hard drive
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Wed Aug 26, 2009 12:36 pm

I CAN NOT EDIT the first posts in this thread however I DO want to give everyone a HEADS UP on the latest release of NOD32

DISABLE the following functions

1. Under the

Real Time File System Protection - SETUP Button - OPTIONS - uncheck the following

Potentially unwanted applications
Potentially unsafe applications

Click OK



2. Windows Update Check:
http://kb.eset.com/esetkb/index?page=co ... d=SOLN2196

Both of those can cause background activity you do not need while flying and neither are critical to keeping your system safe.. the AV will still nail anything that is seen as a virus or bug.
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby nyfirefly11 » Tue Sep 01, 2009 12:28 pm

Nick, have you seen O&O defrag 12 yet? they're offering a special on it here for $25: http://www.oo-software.com/defrag-offer/

I have 11, and it's great, but I'm wondering if it's worth getting 12.

Thx!
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Tue Sep 01, 2009 3:09 pm

I have not as of yet installed and worked with the v12 O&O product. Until I have time to do so I can not make any recommendation about it and how to use it correctly.
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby ch47pilot » Sat Sep 05, 2009 8:05 am

I've read this post over and over and been thru 2 installs already. My FSX got to the point today where it was crashing on different .dll modules after 2 minutes, no matter what plane I was flying or what scenery I was using. I have an overclocked system which I built strictly to run FSX on (E8500@4.2, 8800 ultra, Vista 64, 1066 ddr2). I finally figured that so many random dll crashes were obviously not those dll issues, but more likely a hardware failure. I'm not a firm believer in memtest or benchmarking; I think FSX is more a challenge to a system than any of that.
There are 3 types of people. People who don't mess with FSX, people with nice computers that cant get FSX to work, and people who actually have FSX working.
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Tue Sep 08, 2009 10:10 pm

Of course its not about bragging... its about getting people to a place where they can ENJOY their flight sim experience


And you are right.. before ANY optimizing and tuning system stability and hardware verification is required. What I posted comes well after that has been done and all software is installed/verified.


Glad you got it sorted..   enjoy!   :)
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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby idahosurge » Sun Sep 20, 2009 10:38 am

Hello Nick,

In the initial setup you recommend that with O&O you name defrag twice, space once and offline once.  For the once a month you just say to run a name once and an offline once.

I was wondering if once a month it is worth the effort to go though 2 names, 1 space and 1 offline.  Time is not really an issue since on C drive I just let this run at night or while I am at work and on G drive (FSX) after the first name everthing else only takes a couple of minutes to run.

I am using O&O v11 so running a space defrag is not an issue.

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Re: XP/Windows Setup, System Optimizing and Drivers

Postby NickN » Tue Sep 22, 2009 7:50 pm

I dont see it making a lot of difference unless you have installed/uninstalled/reinstalled a lot of software
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