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Tweaks - Page 1 of 1

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the nV News tweaks page. The art of tweaking is synonymous with fine-tuning and we've organized links to popular articles, tweak guides, programs, and web sites for you. While the results obtained by tweaking can be rewarding, they can also cause havoc on your system.

It's a good idea to become aware of the ramifications of changing a setting before doing so and to have a contingency plan in place should something go wrong. Good luck!

TABLE OF CONTENTS



ANTIVIRUS SOFTWARE

  • Avira AntiVir
    AntiVir Personal Edition. Includes free forum support.
  • avast!
    A full featured antivirus package designed for home users and non-commercial use.
  • AVG Anti-Virus
    Full featured anti-virus software for single home users.
  • BitDefender 8 Free Edition
    A free on-demand virus scanner.
  • ClamWin Free Antivirus
    A scanner that features high detection rates for viruses and spyware.
  • HouseCall
    A free online virus scanning service provided by Trend Micro.
  • McAfee FreeScan
    An online virus scanner that provides infomation on cleaning an infected system.

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DVD TWEAKS

  • DVD Decrypter
    Decrypt and copy DVD's to your hard drive.
  • DVDFab Decrypter
    Decrypt and copy DVD's to your hard drive.
  • DVD FAQ
    A comprehensive FAQ at DVD Demystified.
  • DVD Genie
    Tweaks for popular software based DVD players such as PowerDVD and WinDVD.
  • Doom9
    The definitive DVD backup resource.
  • ImgBurn
    Free CD/DVD burner utility program.
  • Maximizing DVD Playback
    Covers TV-Out, DVD playback, Media Player, and more. Includes tweaks for NVIDIA based graphics cards.
  • RipIt4Me
    A freeware utility that helps you backup your copy protected DVDs.
  • TMPGEnc
    Free AVI to MPEG1 video format converter.

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GAME TWEAKS

  • America's Army
    Tweak guide for America's Army at TweakGuides.com.
  • Baldur's Gate 2
    The Baldur's Gate 2 Tweak Pack features a compilation of fixes, cosmetic changes, and tweaks at The Gibberlings 3.
  • Battlefield 1942
    Battlefield 1942 tweak guide at TweakTown.
  • Battlefield Vietnam
    Battlefield Vietnam tweak guide at TweakGuides.com
  • Battlefield 2
    Tweak guide for Battlefield 2 at TweakGuides.com.
  • BioShock
    BioShock tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Call of Duty 2 Demo
    Tweak guide for the Call of Duty 2 demo at TweakGuides.com.
  • Connection Tweaks
    Connection tweaks for a variety of first person shooters.
  • Counter-Strike
    PlanetHardware's Counter-Strike tweak guide.
  • Counter-Strike
    [TiC]EVIL.'s Half-Life and Counter-Strike tips and tweaks.
  • Deus Ex
    PlanetDeusEx tweak guide on increasing image quality and performance of Deus Ex.
  • Doom 3
    Guide to Doom 3 at nV News.
  • Doom 3
    Doom 3 tweak guide at SysOpt.com.
  • Doom 3
    A quick tweak guide for Doom 3 at The Tech Report.
  • Doom 3
    Doom 3 tweak guide at TechSpot.
  • Doom 3
    A comprehensive guide for Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil at UpsetChaps.
  • Doom 3
    Doom 3 console guide at ViperLair.
  • EverQuest 2
    A comprehensive guide covering the display settings in EverQuest 2.
  • EverQuest 2
    EverQuest II graphics overview at nV News.
  • Far Cry
    Far Cry tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Far Cry 1.2 Patch
    nV News forum discussion about the 1.2 patch and enabling Shader Model 3.0.
  • Far Cry 1.3 Patch
    nV News forum discussion about the 1.3 patch and enabling HDR effects and Normal Map Compression.
  • F.E.A.R.
    F.E.A.R. tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Flight Simulator X
    Flight Simulator X tweaks at FS Staion.com.
  • Gothic 3
    INI Tweaks: How to make Gothic 2 look and perform better at JoWooD forums.
  • Gothic 3
    Enable AA and Bloom simultaneopusly tweak.
  • Halo
    Halo tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2 performance tips discussion thread at nV News.
  • Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2 optimization guide at FiringSquad.
  • Half-Life 2
    Half-Life 2 tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Icewind Dale II
    A collection of tweaks for Icewind Dale II at The Gibberlings 3.
  • Lock On
    Tips, tweaks, and tutorials for the flight sim Lock On: Modern Air Combat.
  • Lock On
    Summary of frame-rate improvement tips at UbiSoft forums.
  • Morrowind
    Comprehensive tweaking guide for Bethesda's RPG Morrowind over at TweakTown.
  • Morrowind FPS Optimizer
    Improves Morrowind performance by adjusting the view and AI distance on the fly.
  • NASCAR Racing 2003
    NASCAR Racing 2003 tweaks at 30+ Racing.
  • Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2
    Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 tweak guide at Tweaktown.
  • Oblivion
    A comprehensive guide on optimizing Oblivion at Atomic MPC.
  • Oblivion
    Increase Oblivions texture level of detail with CaptNKILL's texture mods.
  • Planescape Torment
    The Planescape Torment Tweak Pack features a compilation of fixes, cosmetic changes, and tweaks at The Gibberlings 3.
  • Quake 3
    PlanetHardware's graphics tweaking guide for Quake 3.
  • Quake 3 Arena
    Quake 3 Arena Tune-Up Guide at nV News.
  • Quake 3 Arena
    Quake 3 Arena Tune-Up Guide Part 2 at nV News.
  • Quake 3 Team Arena
    Covers the performance of Quake 3 Team Arena using various graphics settings.
  • Quake 4
    Quake 4 tweak guide at TweakGuides.com.
  • Quake 4
    In-depth guide for Quake 4 at Upset Chaps.
  • Raven Shield
    Raven Shield tweaks at Tactical Gamer forums.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tweaks at TweakGuides.com.
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
    S.T.A.L.K.E.R. tweaks at AtomicPC.
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2
    A tweak guide for Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2 at TweakGuides.com.
  • Supreme Commander
    Supreme Commander tweaks at AtomicPC.
  • Tribes 2
    Connection, framerate, and video tweaks for Tribes 2 by UpsetChaps.
  • Tribes 2
    Tribes 2 troubleshooting guide at PlanetTribes.
  • Unreal
    Covers performance tuning for Unreal at PlanetUnreal.
  • Unreal Tournament
    Performance tuning for Unreal Tournament running under Direct3D, OpenGL, and Glide.
  • Unreal Tournament
    Covers performance tuning for Unreal Tournament at PlanetUnreal.
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
    Official UT2003 tweak guide at Epic's web site.
  • Unreal Tournament 2003
    Performance tuning for the Unreal Tournament 2003 at Tweaktown.
  • Unreal Tournament 2004
    Tweak guide for Unreal Tournament 2004 at TweakGuides.com.
  • TechSpot
    An extensive list of tweaks for popular games at TechSpot.
  • Tweak3D
    Tweaks page at Tweaks3D which covers games, hardware, and operating systems.

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GRAPHICS TWEAKS

  • Artifact Tester
    Tests the stability and the level of artifacting of overclocked video cards.
  • Asus Tweak Utility
    Tweak utility for older Asus based graphics cards. Look for filename beginning with "tweak".
  • aTuner - Recommended
    Allows changes to vsync, antialiasing (including unofficial modes) and anisotropic filtering.
  • Catalyst Tweak Guide - Recommended
    A comprehensive tweak guide for ATI's Catalyst graphics drivers.
  • CoolBits - Recommended
    Registry entry that provides overclocking and Direct 3D vsync applets for NVIDIA graphics drivers.
  • Detonator Destroyer
    Removes Detonator driver registry entries from Windows 9x and ME based systems.
  • Detonator/GeForce Tweak Guide
    3DGPU's Detonator driver and GeForce tweak guide.
  • Driver Cleaner - Recommended
    Removes files that are left over after uninstalling older drivers.
  • Forceware Tweak Guide - Recommended
    A comprehensive tweak guide for NVIDIA's Forceware graphics drivers at TweakGuides.com.
  • FRAPS - Recommended
    Displays the framerate in real-time for games and programs running under DirectX and OpenGL.
  • GeForce Tweaks
    Tweak3D's GeForce tweak guide.
  • GeForce Tweaks
    3DSpotlight's GeForce 1/2/3/4 tweak guide.
  • GLView
    Online OpenGL extension viewer for Windows and MacOS.
  • Graphics Comparison Chart
    A graphics comparison chart at The Tech Report.
  • HZ Tool
    Freeware program for Windows 95 and 98 that manages refresh rates.
  • LoptopVideo2go
    Customized INF files for NVIDIA based desktop and mobile graphics processors.
  • MultiRes
    Windows monitor refresh rate customization utility developed by EnTech Taiwan.
  • nHancer
    A replacement profile editor with SLI support.
  • nvHardPage
    Enables hidden driver features and driver settings to be managed.
  • NVTweak
    Unlocks options such as overclocking, AGP settings, hardware settings, temperature settings and fan control in the driver control panel.
  • NVIDIA Tweak Guide
    Planet Hardware's guide to tweaking NVIDIA based graphics cards.
  • NVresume
    Resets memory clock speed upon resuming from a power saving state. Developed by EnTech Taiwan.
  • PCIList
    Reports AGP graphics card settings including fast-writes and side-band addressing. Developed by EnTech Taiwan.
  • Pokemon TV Utility
    Video in viewer for Elsa based graphics cards running under Windows 9X and ME.
  • PowerStrip - Recommended
    Advanced support tool for graphics cards. Developed by EnTech Taiwan
  • RefreshForce
    Allows refresh rates to be managed under Windows 2000 and XP.
  • RefreshLock
    Allows refresh rates to be managed under most Windows operating systems.
  • RivaTuner - Recommended
    A comprehensive tweak program for NVIDIA based graphics cards.
  • SoftQuadro
    Enables certain Quadro only features on GeForce based graphics card using software methods.
  • TNT/TNT2 Tweaks
    Tweak3D's TNT and TNT2 tweak guide.
  • TNT Tweak Me Up
    TNT and TNT2 overclocking utility. Allows resolution and refresh rates to be managed.
  • TVTool
    Software for using the TV-Out features of various NVIDIA based cards.
  • UniRefresh
    DOS based monitor refresh rate utility.
  • VirtualDub - Recommended
    A video capture and processing utility for Windows 98, NT, 2000, and XP.
  • 3dfx and Windows 2000/XP
    3dfx FAQ and downloads for Windows 2000/XP at NT Compatible.
  • 3D Glasses
    Stereovision.net is the ultimate source for information on 3D glasses.

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HIGH DEFINITION TV

  • Keohi HDTV Tips and Tweaks
    Tips and tweaks from various sources including contributions from a number of highly respected video specialists.

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MONITORS

  • Brightness and Contrast
    A description of a monitors brightness and contrast controls along with a section on monitor adjustment.

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MOTHERBOARDS/PROCESSORS/MEMORY

  • About.com
    BIOS information, frequently asked questions, upgrades, and tweaks.
  • Asus A8N-SLI FAQ
    Frequently asked questions about the Asus A8N-SLI nForce 4 motherboard at Hardware Analysis.
  • BIOS Guide
    The Definitive BIOS Optimization Guide at Adrian's Rojak Pot.
  • Cacheman
    Disk cache management tool that allows disk cache settings to be managed.
  • DiskInfo - Recommended
    A disk space use analyzer. A free utility from Soft-Central.

  • MemTest
    Evaluates the ability of your PC's memory to store and retrieve data accurately.
  • MemTest86
    Executes a series of tests to check for memory errors.
  • MemTest86+
    A port of MemTest86 with bug fixes and enhancements.
  • MemTurbo II
    Makes more RAM available for applications and operating system. For all versions of Windows.
  • Motherboard Monitor
    Reports a motherboard's temperature, voltages, fan speeds, and CPU temperature. Development discontinued as of July 6, 2004.
  • Prime95
    Use the Prime95 torture test to test system stability.
  • NVIDIA System Utility
    Allows adjustments to nForce2 and nForce3-based system components, including temperature and voltages.
  • SpeedFan - Recommended
    Freeware program that monitors fan speeds, temperatures and voltages.
  • WCPUID
    Reports CPU information such as clock speed and L2 cache size.
  • Windows XP - Recommended
    Article on changing a motherboard with Windows XP installed by Michael Stevens, MS-MVP.

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MOUSE

  • PS2Rate
    Changes the refresh rate of your PS/2 Mouse under Windows 95/98.

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NETWORKING

  • About.com
    Network speed tweaks and tests.
  • Cable Modems
    Cable modem troubleshooting guide.
  • Cable Modems
    Cable modem speed tips for various versions of Windows, Linux, and Macintosh at Cable Modem.net.
  • Cable Modems
    Cable modem speed tips from Cable Modem.org.
  • Cable Modems
    Navas Cable Modem and DSL tuning guide.
  • Cable Modems
    Cable modem and xDSL resources at Speed Guide.net.
  • EasyMTU
    Speeds up dial-up connections by optimizing TCP/IP settings.
  • MTUPatch
    Optimal Registry settings for cable modems and xDSL.

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WINDOWS

  • About.com
    Web site devoted to Windows tips and tricks, troubleshooting, and utilities.
  • Benchmarking Under Windows XP
    Microsoft's article on benchmarking under Windows XP.

  • FastBoot
    BootVis - a performance trace visualization tool for use with Windows XP systems. No longer available from Microsoft.

  • Internet Explorer
    TechSpot's Internet Explorer and Outlook Express tweak guide.

  • MegaGames
    A comprehensive library of tweaking programs for Windows.

  • NT Compatible
    Web site devoted to Windows NT, 2000, and XP resources.

  • RegCleaner - Recommended
    Gets rid of obsolete entries in the Windows registry.
  • TweakALL
    Take control over your Windows operating system.
  • Tweak XP
    Web site devoted to tweaking Windows XP.
  • Windows NT
    A collection of Windows NT enhancements and tweaks.
  • Windows XP
    Windows XP startup and general performance tweaks at Ars Technica.
  • Windows XP
    Windows XP Performance Optimization 101 at FiringSquad.
  • Windows XP - Recommended
    The Windows XP Tweaking Companion (XPTC) at TweakGuides.com.
  • Windows XP
    Microsoft's article on how to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP.
  • Windows XP - Recommended
    Article on Windows XP Product Activation (WPA) by Alex Nichol, MS-MVP.
  • Windows XP
    Ramesh's Windows XP Troubleshooting site.
  • Windows 2000
    Windows tweaks, secrets, bugs, and patches.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2007


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