Priming your computer for gaming

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So you want the most juice out of your system!? Well I know some tricks up my sleeve that I believe will help you out. I play UT2004, and to get the best frames per second I needed to make sure nothing else was hogging my system resources. It goes like this:

  • Download overclocking software for your graphics card.
  • Kill all running services (/etc/init.d/servicename stop)
  • Kill all running apps (su && killall whatever)
  • Get a low level GUI (aewm; apt-get install aewm)

So right now you would do something like this:

  1. CTRL+ALT+Backspace to get out of your current GUI.
  2. cd ~
  3. vi .xinitrc then type in something like: exec aewm
  4. startx
  5. Right-click the desktop to open xterm
  6. ps aux to see all running apps, su to root, and kill as many as you can. Kill the services before individual programs.
  7. Start overclocking software for your graphics card.
  8. Start the game! Make sure the game is at the lowest settings and lowest resolution (640x480).