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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Basic System Board Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #1-10

    2. Lock Others Out of Your Computer

    3. Bypass the BIOS Password

    4. Recover a BIOS That Won't Boot

    5. Boot Faster

    6. Display a Boot-Time Graphic

    7. Configure Boot Device Order

    8. Set Your Clock Back

    9. Avoid the Legacy USB Option

    10. Hack an Unhackable BIOS

    11. Upgrade Your Flash BIOS

  2. Chapter 2 Basic System Board Setup

    1. Introduction: Hacks #11-18

    2. Step Away from the Legacy Device

    3. Manage Devices

    4. Configure Serial Ports

    5. Configure Parallel Ports

    6. Configure Sound Cards

    7. Configure SCSI Host Adapters

    8. Configure Network Cards

    9. Reeducate Plug and Play

  3. Chapter 3 CPU Hacks

    1. Hacks #19-29

    2. Get More Power

    3. Identify Your CPU

    4. Which CPUs Are Hackable?

    5. Which System Boards Are Hackable?

    6. Determine Your CPU Speed

    7. Keep It Cool

    8. Control CPU Clock Speed from the BIOS

    9. As Goes Voltage, So Goes Speed

    10. Set the CPU Multiplier

    11. Unlock Your CPU Multiplier

    12. Check the Vents

  4. Chapter 4 Memory Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #30-39

    2. Install More RAM

    3. Recognize Memory Limitations

    4. Install the RAM Your Operating System Needs

    5. Tame the Windows 95 and 98 Cache

    6. Manage the Paging File

    7. Manage Windows System Resources

    8. Force Windows 98 and Me to Swap Less

    9. Pin the Kernel in RAM

    10. Speed Up Your RAM

    11. Enable Memory Interleave for Via Chipsets

  5. Chapter 5 Disk Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #40-57

    2. Partition and Format Wisely

    3. Determine Your Filesystem

    4. Create a New Partition with NT, 2000, XP, and 2003

    5. Create a New Partition with PartitionMagic

    6. Merge Partitions with PartitionMagic

    7. Convert FAT to NTFS

    8. Create or Delete NTFS Partitions from the Recovery Console

    9. Fix the Master Boot Record on FAT Partitions

    10. Fix the Master Boot Record on NTFS Partitions

    11. Fix the Partition Boot Sector on NTFS Partitions

    12. Fix GRUB or LILO Boot Problems

    13. Format Your Disk

    14. Change Logical Drive Letters

    15. Restore DOS Bootability

    16. Rescue a Blown 2000 or XP Installation

    17. Fix the Windows 95 File-Caching Bug

    18. Avoid the Delayed-Write-Caching Blues

    19. Detect Drive Failure Before It Happens

  6. Chapter 6 Disk Drive Performance Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #58-67

    2. Choose the Fastest Hard Drive

    3. Use an 80-Wire Cable

    4. Upgrade Your IDE Interface

    5. Kick It Up a Notch with Serial ATA

    6. Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Intel Chipsets

    7. Get the Fastest IDE Driver for Via Chipsets

    8. Speed It Up with RAID

    9. Speed Up DOS with SMARTDRV

    10. Speed Up Windows with VCACHE

    11. Linux's Drive Performance Booster

  7. Chapter 7 Video Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #68-74

    2. Get off the PCI Bus

    3. Upgrade from Built-in Video

    4. Don't Expect Much from AGP Aperture Size

    5. Choose the Correct AGP Mode

    6. Overclock Your nVidia Adapter

    7. Overclock Your ATI Radeon

    8. Overclock Anything

  8. Chapter 8 I/O Device Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #75-84

    2. Basic PC Configuration Rules

    3. Let Windows Tell You About I/O Card Conflicts

    4. Break the Rules with LPT Ports

    5. Break the Rules with COM Ports

    6. Rewire Your COM Ports

    7. Boost COM Port Performance

    8. New Uses for an Old Port

    9. Use USB for Peer-to-Peer Networking

    10. Get the Most out of USB

    11. Install the Driver Before You Install the Hardware

    12. Please Continue Anyway

  9. Chapter 9 Boot-Up Hacks

    1. Introduction: Hacks #85-94

    2. Make a Bare Disk Bootable

    3. Configure a Multiboot System

    4. Multiboot with Third-Party Utilities

    5. Speed up Operating System Installation and Maintenance

    6. Access NTFS Files from Other Operating Systems

    7. Give Your XP Installation Access to the Recovery Console

    8. Hack the Windows 95/98/Me DOS Startup

    9. Hack the MS-DOS Configuration File

    10. Hack the MS-DOS Startup File

    11. Hack the Windows NT/2000/XP Boot Loader

  10. Chapter 10 Configuring a New PC

    1. Introduction: Hacks #95-100

    2. Clone Your Hard Disk

    3. Move Applications and Settings from One PC to Another

    4. Protect Your PC from Viruses

    5. Protect Your PC from Malware

    6. Surround Yourself with a Firewall

    7. Do Your Backups

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