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System Startup Tweak Guide (Page 2/5)

Updated: September 20, 1999
Written by: Dan "Tweak Monkey" Kennedy

More BIOS Tweaks

These commands can be found under BIOS Features Setup in an Award BIOS, and many others:

Quick Power On Self Test (or POST) - ENABLE. This will have your system run a less detailed POST, resulting in a quicker boot sequence.

Boot Sequence - Unless you plan on booting off of any drive other than your hard drive, set this to start with C, your hard drive.(ex: "C, A, SCSI.")

Boot Up Floppy Seek - DISABLE. If you enable this, your system will take a few seconds to examine the floppy drive in search of a disk, wasting your time.

Standard BIOS Setup Menu - This part of the BIOS Setup will confirm that all the hard disks are configured. If you're sure you're not using a certain drive, turn off auto-detection and save yourself some time.

CPU L1 (Also known as Level 1 or Internal) Cache - ENABLE. This will enable your system's small, very fast cache, which helps overall system and startup speeds.

CPU L2 (Also known as Level 2 or External) Cache - ENABLE. This will enable your system's larger, fast cache, which helps overall system and startup speeds.

For more BIOS Tweaks, consult the CPU/Motherboard Tweak Guide.

Autoexec.bat, config.sys...

Choose Start, Run, and type sysedit. This should launch the System Configuration Editor. Click the autoexec.bat window first. These programs are automatically executed when you first boot up your PC. Since some programs are not needed with Windows 98, you can remove these from your memory. First, make sure the program you are going to remove is not something that is required. If you think it may be used by a program, simply put REM (remark) in front of the line that launches the program. For example:

Once you are sure you've REM'd out the proper programs, close the autoexec.bat window and check out the config.sys window. If you see any drivers that you're sure you don't need (remember, most of these will only be needed for DOS), delete the line(s) that pertain to the driver. Close config.sys.

You can do plenty of tweaking in the other files here, but for now just close the System Configuration Editor and move on the next section.

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