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    that would probably confuse windows more than anything.
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    When I installed my nLited system...I created 2 partitions....the 1st partition with the OS on it which is 3gbs, and the other partition was the rest of the drive. So i installed EWF on the 1st partition. SO all my music and everything else goes on the 2nd partition so i dont have to disable EWF to add anything.....
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    actually you can use a boot.ini switch to max out memory...

    /maxmem=128

    That would trick XP into thinking you only have 128MB of RAM. I can't remember if I tried this or not with HORM (i.e. making a 128MB hibernation file and then resuming with full memory). Not sure if it'll work since you're resuming from hibernation and XP may still think you only have 128MB.

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    K, I had a chance to do some testing. Let me start by saying, these are in no way scientific. This is just the best I could do, with the stuff I had on hand. I also didn't use a stopwatch, I just used my watches second hand.

    A little about my setup.

    I am using XP SP2 with an AMD Athlon 1.2ghz processor. I have an ATI Rage 128 Video Card, and a Soundblaster Live 24 sound card. Of course, my MB also has sound on board. Connected to the computer is a Keyboard, a USB mouse, an unpowered USB Hub, to which was attached a Holux gm-210 GPS receiver.

    I had two different speed Hard drives to test. Unfortunately, they were not the same capacity, or even the same size. The 4200rpm HD is a 20gig IBM Travelstar 2.5 HD. The 7200rpm is a 80 gig Seagate Barracuda 3.5 HD.

    I used Acronis True Image to make a complete copy of the hard drives.

    I didn't use HORM. I setup the the OS to hibernate when I hit the power button. I then connected a push button switch to the header on the MB to both initiate the Hibernate, and to resume.

    I then started Road Runner (my current Frnt End) and started playing a song. I made sure that there was only one song in the folder that RR was reading for the music, to make sure RR wouldn't be doing anything like a DB of the songs or anything like that (Not sure if RR does that, but I made sure anyway)

    I then timed how long it took from me hitting the button, till I heard music from the speakers.

    I first list the memory specs, then the time for the 4200rpm HD, and then the 7200hd. So, lets get started.

    1)1x128mb 100mhz 24s 24s
    2)1x256mb 133mhz 28s 27s
    3)2x256mb 133mhz 31s 28s
    4)1x512 pc2100 31s 28s

    So, there it is. I am gonna start using the faster hard drive, and 512 megs of ram. I noticed when using just the 128, while it booted quicker, it had issues running the system. The difference between 256 and 512 wasn't all that significant to me, however, with the faster HD obviously is 3 seconds faster. Might as well be faster then slower for the same amount ofd memory, and maybe the faster HD will make the system a little quicker.

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    Just wanted to throw my two cents in.

    Disabling unneeded services can also speed things up and save some memory at the same time.

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    How do you disable uneeded services
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    go here

    for example. just off the top of my head, i can name quite a few services which could easily be disabled for a carpc environment:

    Automatic updates
    Fast User Switching Compatibility
    Help and Support
    Print Spooler (unless you plan to somehow use a printer with your carpc )

    again, these are just some of the services you can disable. the site i posted explains what each service does and will recommend a "safe" setting that you can set it to which isnt always what windows has it set at. of course, there are some in there (such as automatic updates) which arent even relevant in a carpc environment.
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