Monthly Archives: April 2009
For many of beginers the first hurdle when using linux is Installing linux itself. There are no partitions with labels or drive lettters added to that all those sda/hda thing make linux a haunting experince. Even after giving all details it won’t install properly and to make things worse it will create problems with your windows installation also. I lost my windows 3 times before learning how to install linux. Here is a simple way to install linux. This is not a standard method or any recomended method but which will be usefull for any novice.
1.Make a partition empty in your windows installation.
2.Delete that partition from windows. To delete right click on my computer and click manage from the menu .
3.You will get computer management window and in that click disk management.This will list all your partitions.
4.Delete the empty drive by rightclicking on it and electing delete.
5.Now restart your computer with linux cd in your cd rom.
6.You will get a list of partitions.
7.The deleted partition will be shown as free space.
8.Click on that and click new.
9.Select filetype as swap or linux swap depending on distribution.
10.Give it’s size equal to twice the size of RAM at he begining.
11.Give all remaining space as mount point(/) with filetype ext3.This is your parttion for entire linux.
12.Give next and enter other details now linux will be installed.
I have used both xp and vista here is my comparison between them
vista uses resources of the system like a hungry monster. for vista to run properly we need minimum of 2GB of RAM. Even with that it is slow. i have seen my freind laptop’s with RAM of 4GB struggling to perform. To install vista we need about 11GB of hard disk space. My system after installing vista and drivers took 11.5 GB.
On the other hand xp we can run even with a RAM of 256MB. We can install xp within 1 gb with all drivers.
Vista is power hungry os. As for vista no matter how much resouce you provide you perfomance is always slow. vista takes minimum of 400MB of RAM.
Xp on other hand uses less resources and takes a RAM about 200MB for normal operation.
Many people like vista for it’s visual appeal and eyecandy features. But it comes at a huge cost of system resources.
xp though less on eyecandy features we can acheive the features with softwares like vista tranformation pack and vistamizer with less resources what vista is taking
In vista most of the older software won’t work proprly. Example I was having a music player called AIMP. It was working well with xp but was buggy with vista. Though the lates version of it is bug free. Another example is Turbo c compiler won’t work in full scree with vista
In xp we have collection of software like no other Os is having. So we have a lot options to chose from.
When I bought a computer the label on It said
“You need windows 98 or better”
So I chose Linux
In a world of no boundaries and wall
who needs gates and windows
Here I give some 10 tips to improve performance of your computer
1. Disable all the unnecessary entries from the startup by clicking
start –> run and type msconfig
In that click on startup tab and disable the entries you don’t want
2.Change your paging file to a seperate drive in your system.
To change it right click on my computer and click properties
Then the advanced tab and in that select performance options
In that click advanced tab and chose change in virtual memory
By default the virtual memory settings are managed by the Operating system
The paging file will be allocated in your c: or the drive where you have installed your Operating system
Click on c:(assuming that you have your os in that drive) and select the option No paing file
Now select the drive where you want to put your paging file
Select the custom size option
Set Initial size as 1.5 times your RAM size
Set final size as 2 times of your Ram size.
3. Defragment your system regularly using Disk defragmenter you can access it by clicking
start–>All programs–>Accessories–>system tools–>Disk Defragmenter
4. If you don’t like wall papers or screen savers you can disble them from desktop properties
5.Go to my computer properties as in point 2 and click advanced. In that in performance pane click settings.
In visual effects tab select custom for your computer visual settings, In that uncheck all options except the last one use visual styles on windows and buttons which gives you nice appearance with good performance.
6.For those who don’t want any eyecandy features use windows classic theme
7.Always keep 20% of your drive space empty
8.Uninstall unnecessary programs
9. Use a software for defragmenting your paging file
10.If still need more performance use LINUX