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Tech: Clean up your computer for better operations

Acme 23 Nov 13 - 12:47 PM
Q (Frank Staplin) 23 Nov 13 - 02:43 PM
Acme 23 Nov 13 - 02:47 PM
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Subject: Tech: Clean up your computer for better operation
From: Acme
Date: 23 Nov 13 - 12:47 PM

Lifehacker puts up some oddball tips every so often, but most of these are pretty easy to enact and may help you speed up your computer.

Top 10 Free Upgrades to Make Your PC Better

I've summarize the tips here:

10. Clean your hardware, inside and out
9. Calibrate your monitor(s)
8. Remap your unused keys
7. Improve your speaker setup
6. Make your workspace more ergonomic
5. Ditch unreliable wireless and go wired
4. Keep it running quietly
3. Overclock your processor and graphics card (expert users only)
2. Perform a little maintenance
1. Install better, free software (link to Superior alternatives to "crappy Windows software" and "crappy OS X software").

I know Bill D has a lot of links to good free programs, so he may have reviews or remarks or others to add, as may some of our other geeky types. Now that the holiday break is headed our way, maybe you want to take the time to get under the hood and spruce up the operation.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clean up your computer for better operations
From: Q (Frank Staplin)
Date: 23 Nov 13 - 02:43 PM

Have your defrag scheduled at a set time. Mine is set for Wed. afternoons, during my nap period.

Be prepared to suffer the peculiarities of mudcat!


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clean up your computer for better operations
From: Acme
Date: 23 Nov 13 - 02:47 PM

I have defrag set up automatically and rarely even think about it any more.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Clean up your computer for better operations
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 23 Nov 13 - 03:16 PM

For Windows:

Since Vista, the default installation automatically schedules regular defrags, although it doesn't hurt to take a look occasionally and see if its schedule fits your schedule, and that the scheduler didn't get turned off accidentally.

I would suggest running Disk Cleanup about once per week or so. Program settings can reduce the accumulation of trash, but some still creeps in and accumulates.

I generally try to run a Disk Check about once every month or two. It seldom finds anything to fix if the machine is okay, but can give you some warning if you need to do something when a drive shows first signs of a problem. The only onther common warning you may get is when you turn the machine on and nothing happens, and then it may be too late to do much.

John


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