Dead's Guide to computing

This section of Deadnet is all about computers. Hopefully it will help you get the most from your system, your games and the Internet. The file is currently divided into the following sections:

Dead's PC
Optimising System Performance
Tips and Cheats

My PC

This is just a quick bit about my actual system, so you can get a rough idea of what i'm using to create this site, my games etc.

The basic system is a P200MMX with 32Mb EDO RAM, 2.6Gb HD, Cirrus Logic 2Mb SVGA card, 24X LG CDROM, SB16pro and Rockwell Waveartist midi card, 36.6 Internal modem and 200Watt speakers. Since i got it i've added a M3D card, which for 40 gave me a much needed 4Mb graphics accelerator. It isn't cutting edge anymore (never really was), but it is only about 25 and to be honest, games like QuakeII, Forsaken and so on do look amazing with one. A printer and scanner were in order, so a Lexmark 1100 (repalcement for a Lexmark 1000 which died before the warranty ran out ) which manages to do everything i need for a reasonable price tag, and a Mustek 12000P parallel scanner which is fine- i can't print anything like it's capabilities and it's easily sufficient for fax or web graphix. As you can probably tell, the emphasis with this machine was on getting an adequate spec for as little as possible! I am however a bit short on HD space, so intend to get another 6.4Gb when I can afford it. The aim then is to get linux on this drive under dual boot...

Optimising System Performance

This section is dedicated to tips and hints to help you keep your system running as well as possible. All of the following advice is follwoed at your own risk- all I can say is that it works for me! All advice is for Windows '95 only, though I asume some of it will also work in Win'98 and/or earlier windows versions (such as using defrag).

Your Hard Drive

There are a number of steps which you can take to keep your hard drive running well which won't cost you any money at all!

Tweaking the OS

In addition to keeping your hard-drive tidy and unfragmented, you can also make several improvements to your OS.

Tips and Cheats

I honestly feel that cheats aren't really worth it, as they take a lot of fun out of the game. So instead, i'll concentrate mainly on strategies and techniques rather than give me everything cheat codes!

Carmageddon An all time favourite, Carmageddon is just so much fun to play- the graphics might not be awesome, but the Physics is and the humour and gameplay are just outstanding. But, only if you're any good- otherwise, it's frustrating. So, here are a few pointers: