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Seba, others, and I thought that others on the team might benefit from this, since i was having a hard time configuring xp to do well in 2d benches.

with the help of xXSebaSXx we will provide the steps for making xp better for 2d benching, and or give you a link to one and give you steps to make it better

I'll also coalesce 'some' of the tweaks and tricks i've learned for stuff like super pi, pifast, wprime

Reserved..
Edited by badatgames18 - 10/16/11 at 6:52pm
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This is from my own personal experience with 2D benching, especially WPrime (32 and 1024), SPi (32M only) and PiFast. As always, your mileage may vary and nothing is "guaranteed".

First things first....

OS:
I have tried every OS imaginable; and every "strip" that you can think off as well. Those that do benching will know what a "stripped" OS is so we're not going to get into those details here. So, back to the OS. In my search for a good 2D benching OS I have tried all that I could find. I tried my own custom strips, I tried strips made by others (think BZ's XP), I tried them all. Some worked better than others.

And then I ran into microXP. I'm sure most of you already know about that "flavor" of XP.

That is going to be the focus of this thread. Why? Because I've found it to be the most efficient at running the 2D benchmarks. Again; this is just my experience. If you don't agree with it, or if you have a better OS; feel free to share your experiences here. The purpose of this thread is to make it so that we all learn something and maybe find ways of bettering our times/scores.

I will come back tomorrow with a list of "changes" that I made to microXP in order to make it even lighter than it already is.

Until then....
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http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-benching.html

slackers......added a bump that might help you remember where its at
    
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slackers......added a bump that might help you remember where its at
LOL...

Maybe we should move this discussion to that thread then. I'll be glad to add my findings on microXP over there instead of here.

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http://www.overclock.net/benchmarkin...-benching.html

slackers......added a bump that might help you remember where its at
I was using that one and removed a few more things than pizza says to, and sebas still says my scores could improve. Just saying...
    
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sebas please post your list here still tomorrow.. at least we can compare the two
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sebas please post your list here still tomorrow.. at least we can compare the two
Will do.

Now... my list will not be as detailed as anything posted over at that other thread.

microXP starts off with about 20 active services and I just go through them and disable the non-essentials. When I'm done with it; it is far less than 20 and faster than it is to begin with.

I will do some "stock" testing and then some "tweaked" testing tomorrow before I have to ship my 955 to bassplayer so he can put it under LN2.
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Even without stripping the OS down before install with nlite you can get XP to 15 or so processes on startup, without even having to really sacrifice anything. Disable everything you can that won't interfere with benches and you will be around 10.

You don't even need explorer.exe. Task manager can be used to start programs, or you can even bring in an older MS shell (progman) or a lighter 3rd party one.

If you are more technically minded, you can basically build your own windows from the ground up with the various Windows Embedded trials you can get free from MS.
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i run my own stripped XP with 12x active services for 2D.. 14 services for my XP-3D OS..

*for win7- I run a stripped version of 7 Ultimate- 64 .... its been working for me so far, pretty well, wprime times are pretty dang good, as is 3D. I would like to spend more time tweaking this OS still.
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I'm with Seba I get great scores out of MicroXP, much better than Tiny or any of the ones I've stripped myself. I would love to see, if your willing to share which of the services in Micro you sack to get it down even further.
    
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