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Windows 2000 Professional

Add multiple page files to optimize virtual memory in Windows 2000

Optimizing the virtual memory of Windows 2000 Server can help you increase system performance. Virtual Memory Manager (VMM) provides applications with a virtual address instead of a physical memory address. It does this by translating the virtual address into a physical address when an application attempts to access memory....

Control CD Autorun on a per-drive basis

The registry edit we told you about in "Control CD Autorun globally" disables CD Autorun affects all CD drives. However, you might prefer to disable Autorun only for a specific drive. For example, you might have a CD-ROM and a CD-RW and want to disable Autorun only for the CD-RW...

Control CD Autorun globally

By default, when you insert a CD in the system, Windows 2000 automatically tries to play the CD. The result is music with an audio CD or (usually) Setup for a data CD. For data CDs, the action is determined by 1) the Autorun.inf file in the root folder of...

Viewing legacy drivers

Windows 2000 offers broad hardware support, providing drivers for most hardware, particularly Plug and Play devices. In a few instances, you might be forced to use legacy, non-Plug and Play drivers for an unsupported device. The Device Manager gives you a great overall look at your system's device drivers, but...

Controlling driver and service installation behavior

Windows 2000 introduced a new feature called Driver Signing, which enables drivers and services to be digitally signed to indicate that they've been tested for compatibility by Microsoft. While Driver Signing doesn't guarantee a problem-free driver or service, it's a good first step....

Enable digital audio CD playback

If you're using digital speakers, such as USB speakers not connected to a sound card, you might be pulling out your hair trying to figure out why you can't hear CD audio. There are two requirements for playing CD audio through digital speakers. First, the CD-ROM drive must support digital...

Redetecting an external modem

External modems offer a couple of advantages over internal modems. You can move them from one computer to another if needed, you can see via the indicator lights what the modem is doing, and you have a slightly lower chance of frying your computer if a spike takes out your...

Power protection

You'd be surprised at how "dirty" the electricity coming into your building can be. Voltage drops and surges happen all the time, and you might not be aware of them until it's too late. That's why implementing some type of power protection can go a long way toward increasing your...

View IRQ and other resource allocations

At some point you've probably played with the Device Manager to enable or disable devices or view/change their settings. What you might not have realized is that the Device Manager offers four different views....

Generating a system configuration report

It's useful to have a system configuration report showing all device resource assignments, drivers, and other data for troubleshooting purposes or as a system snapshot. Whether you have a problem with a device conflict or simply need to plan an upgrade and are looking for available resources (IRQ, DMA, I/O,...

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