Windows File and Print Services
File and Print services over TCP/IP have been disabled on all my PC’s for security reasons. All PC’s communicate over IPX/SPX for File and Print sharing. To share file & print services, only bind the IPX protocol to the card with LAN users. Enable Netbios over IPX/SPX – if not, your shared resources will not show in the network browser network domain (read more about NetBIOS security).
No NT-domain is used. To avoid conflicts with laptops configured for office use (and a company’s NT Domain), do not configure an NT domain on the File and Print server. Only define the Workgroup name. This setting can be found in the control panel in ‘System’, ‘Network Identification’ settings. Use the same workgroup name on all networked pc’s, this will speed up the network lookup of PC’s.
Windows Vista and XP Network Sharing
Microsoft has removed IPX/SPX support from Windows Vista. You will need to add these protocols manually (IPX/SPX Protocol in Vista (32bit)).
You will also need to download and install the LLTD Responder (Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder) component on computers running Windows XP to appear on the Network Map diagram on Windows Vista computers.
Dedicated drive partition for your data
In general, I create a drive partition to hold all system files (e.g. the C: drive) and a dedicated partition to hold all data files (e.g. the D: drive).
This allows an easier housekeeping of your data and reduces the risk of data loss when windows needs to be re-installed (and the c: drive reformatted).
Additionally, changes can be made for security and to optimize the disk space use:
Move ‘My Documents’ to a dedicated Data partition (e.g. the D: drive)
to make this change, right click on the folder, select properties
in the Target tab, select Move
Move the ‘Temp’ folders to the D: drive
to make use of these folders, you must change the Environment Variables of the System Properties
create the directories first, then go to the control panel and open System
select Advanced of the System Properties and edit the environment variables:
in User variables:
Temp -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
TMP -> replace %USERPROFILE% by D:
in System variables:
Temp -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
TMP -> replace %SystemRoot% by D:
Windows System Environment Settings (XP)
In general, I apply these acceleration tricks:
Enable DMA on primary IDE channel
Disable the error reporting function in the system settings
Move the Temporary Internet Files (TIF) folder from the default location.
(Internet Options – General tab, Temporary Internet Files box, Settings button, Move Folder button.)
Services that I have disabled for Windows XP:
Distributed Link Tracking Client
Help and Support
NetMeeting Remote Desktop Sharing
Network DDE DSDM
Remote Desktop Help Session Manager
Routing and Remote Access
Security Accounts Manager
System Restore Service
TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper
Uninterruptible Power Supply
Universal Plug and Play Device Host
WMI Performance Adapter
TweakHound’s Super XP Tweaking Guide – bad tweaks list.
Dutch digest of XP and Vista help pages by PcLeek.com.
sysinfo.org, Startup Application list.
Security Task Manager ‘known processes‘ by A. Neuber.
Tuning the XP and Vista environment
The Registry plays a crucial part of the operating system and may become fragmented and cluttered with obsolete and invalid data. Essential system and application configuration settings are stored in ‘ini’ files. Here are some techniques (for advanced users only) to improve the performance of a Windows XP system.
Windows System Configuration Utility (Msconfig)
‘MSCONFIG’ is a system tool that allows you to temporarily change, enable or disable startup programs and services.
To optimize XP for audio and video
- Turn off system sounds
- Adjust Video Effects for best performance
- Under Processor Scheduling, select “Background services”
- Under Virtual Memory, select “No paging file” (provided that enough RAM is installed)
iTunes uses QuickTime for audio playback. QuickTime and iTunes often default to using Direct Sound, which may lead to sound distortion during playback.
To correct this problem, you need to tell QuickTime to use “Safe Mode” (waveOut only) as the playback device.
To change the settings, make sure iTunes is closed and proceed as follows:
Open QuickTime via Start, Programs, QuickTime, QuickTime Player.
For QuickTime 7, click on the Audio tab. Under Devices, click to select Safe mode (waveOut only) and click on Apply.
For earlier versions, click to select the Sound Out option, and under Choose a device for playback: click to select waveOut:Windows’ preferred device or waveOut:name_of_soundcard
Click the Select Audio Playback and Recording Devices button to open your windows audio control panel.
Set both devices to match the name of your sound card. Click OK.
Click OK in the QuickTime settings, then close QuickTime.
Reboot your PC
More recommendations can be found on Benchmark’s guide for configuring Windows-based media players.
Considerations about (24-bit/192kHz) playback formats can be found in the ‘24/192 Music Downloads‘ article.
Keep in mind that Airplay only transmits at 16/44.1.
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My remarks on the Philips SLM5500/00 product are:
1) make sure you register the product through the SLM5500 setup procedure first (and do not do this from your PC)
2) make sure you have a stable and strong wifi signal on your SLM5500 (unless it is using a wired connection)
3) disable stand-by energy saving features on the PC that runs the Philips Media Manager (PMM)
4) if you want to enjoy Internet Radio, then make sure you have a stable Internet connection: high bandwidth (broadband) offered by a reliable ISP
5) the Philips Media Manager (PMM) was eventually replaced by TwonkyManager to support iTunes playlists.
my iPod peripherals – JBL speakers
Here is a list of speakers that I use or have used with my iPod classic and iPod nano (4th generation):