Test If You Can Multi-task

Can you multi-task?  Here’s a simple test to see.   Link (Note, your computer will go to full screen.)

My results are below, I was eating chocolate cake with whip cream and strawberries while feeding the dogs and watching a drama on TV. Article.

Bypass your proxy to update your programs

Recently Pat had a program he needed to update.  I couldn’t remember the settings to bypass a proxy server if you have a program that will not update and there are no settings to use a proxy server.

Here’s his solution:

In order to bypass the proxy, log in as the administrator, open IE, Click on Tools, Internet Options, Click on Connections, Lan Settings, Click on the Advanced Setting and enter the websites that need to bypass the proxy server.

Chrome and Firefox users – If you click under options under these browsers, the Internet Options (above) will open.  Follow the same steps.

Improve your laptop hard drive speed

This tip has been around for a while but your risk data loss in a power failure if your computer isn’t on a UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) is increased.   Because laptops have a battery, this can be an ideal setting.

  1. Right Click on Computer and select Manage
  2. Click on Device Manager
  3. Expand Disk Drives
  4. Right click on the hard drive and select Properties for that hard drive (you can also double click the drive
  5. On the Policies tab:
    Check Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device
  6. Hit OK and close the Device Manager



Improve Hard Drive Performance in Windows 7

You may be able to improve your hard drive’s performance in Windows 7 by using this registry tweak.   Like any registry tweak, you should have all of your files backed up and make a restore point before trying this out.

Computer hard drives are connected to the controller on the motherboard of the computer.  A lot of computers today may have the hard drive configured to use the older IDE interface protocol to communicate with the SATA drive.

If your new hard drive supports NCQ (Native Command Queuing)you may see a performance increase with the drive by following the tweaks below.

An easy solution to switch between IDE and AHCI is to change the following registry key.

Before doing this see if your BIOS has AHCI capabilities

  1. Open Registry Editor and move down to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\msahci.
  2. Right click on the Start DWORD and click on Modify.
  3. Set the value to 0 and click OK.
  4. Reboot your computer and enable the AHCI setting the BIOS.

If you are using a RAID adapter on your computer you may try the following:

  1. Open up Registry Editor and naviage to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iaStorV or the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\iaStor.
  2. Repeat all of the steps above.

Testing your hard drive speed (blog)