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Old 10-17-2006, 11:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Before I load my OS

I got my first build finished last night, quite proud of my self because everything seems to work for now. I was wondering if there is anything I need, should, or could do to make it work better before I load the OS.

Also, my Harddrive has SATA power and the regular (i dont know the name) power. Is their a benefit to using the SATA power hook up over the normal one?


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Old 10-17-2006, 11:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can do some wire managment to increase Air Flow. Use Zip Ties, twist ties and rubber bands to bundle wires together and run them along the sides of the case and behind motherboard to increase airflow.

You can also use Nlite to lighten your windows XP. Google it, its free. It allows you to make an unattended Install. You put all your information and Reg Code before hand so it installs faster. You can also remove programs and components you know you won't use so the install will take less room and XP will run faster.
You will have to run from another Computer, and incert your XP CD. After you make the changes Nlite will need a Blank CD to Burn the .iso to. You can use Nero or DVD Decrypter to burn the ISO.

I would also check over all connections and contacts. make sure no metal is touching any part of the motherboard and make sure all connectors and molex connectors are properly secured. As for your SATA Drive you can use either theres no noticable benifit in either.

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Old 10-17-2006, 12:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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before you load the OS? hmm

maybe helpful hints...
If you have usb drives/card readers...disable usb in bios. If not, sometimes your harddrive will be g: or something instead of C:

to make a smooth install, make sure to have your system set to, no overclock settings.

If you're not using any legacy devices, disable them, serial/parallel/floppy

Once you succesfully and completely install the OS, go ahead and load the kernel to ram. If you don't know how to do that do a search...and to not follow what everyone says "msn search" it
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