Displayed battery information includes the battery name, manufacture name, serial number, manufacture date, power state (charging/discharging), current battery capacity, full charged capacity, voltage, charge/discharge rate, and more…

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BatteryInfoView – View battery information on laptops / netbooks

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Perform free-space consolidation. Free-space consolidation is useful if you need to shrink a volume, and it can reduce fragmentation of future files.

Track an operation already in progress on the specified volume.

Run the operation at normal priority instead of the default low priority. Specify this option if a computer is not otherwise in use.

Defragment multiple volumes simultaneously, in parallel. This is primarily useful for computers that can access multiple disks simultaneously, such as those using SCSI- or SATA-based disks rather than disks with an IDE interface. 

Defrag from the Command-Line for More Complete Control

The Autodesk Certified Hardware page allows filtering by the products you intend to use (ie. Revit).  This page should be your ‘first stop’ when installing or updating your Graphics Card / Display drivers.  Once you find a Certified, Recommended driver, you can download it direct from this page.

Autodesk – Certified Hardware – Find Graphics Hardware

Autodesk – Certified Hardware – Find Graphics Hardware

My main video card is a Nvidia Quadro FX 580.  However, I wanted to run more than two monitors.  So I borrowed a old GeForce 7300 LE and installed it into one of the other PCI-E slots on my Gigabyte EX58-UD4 motherboard.

This is NOT an SLI rig.  But I can run it in a ‘hybrid mode’ where I’m essentially getting access to 4 monitors.  I try to make sure that I always run my main Revit instance on the monitor that is plugged into the ‘good’ FX 580 video card.

The main lesson here is that you need to install GeForce drivers to make this all happen properly.  The Quadro drivers do not seem to work very well in this hybrid setup. 

I am running 275.33 drivers, which you can download from here:
GeForce 275.33 Driver

This GeForce driver also includes cool stuff like overclocking options in the Nvidia Control Panel.

Game developer David Braben has developed a $25 PC, in a USB stick with a HDMI port on one end and a USB port on the other.  The hardware inside is a 700MHz ARM11 processor with 128MB of RAM, together with 1080p graphics output and Linux operation.

This solution would put a slightly different spin on ‘mobile and affordable Revit-ing’ 🙂  It sure would take some coaxing to get Revit to run on this hardware though!

PC on a USB Stick for $25 | Geek with Laptop

Interesting little exchange on Twitter recently, with regard to Revit hardware and benchmark performance:

@ Dell top of line Xeon workstation $3,500 benchmarks at 180. My built system $2,800 benches at 122.

Bram Weinreder 

@ 8. Yes 2012 really helps you push the limits now. Glad we invested in Xeon workstations rond year’s change.
@ We went with full custom built systems. Built by yours truly lol. AUGI bench tool for helped determine what hardware

Twitter / @Bizz: @Bramdotcom We went with f …

Here’s an idea – if you have two old but similarly sized hard drives sitting around, plug them into your Windows 7 PC and create a Striped Volume.

Striping increases the access speed of the drive.

This could be useful when working on a local version of a Revit central file – local disk access speed becomes important in this situation.

Here’s how:

  1. Plug the two extra hard drives into your PC.  Then turn the computer on…
  2. Go to Disk Management (right click on ‘Computer’, then go ‘Manage’)
  3. Delete all unnecessary volumes from these extra drives.
  4. Right click on one of them – New – Striped Volume
  5. Basically follow the prompts – make sure you pick the two correct drives to become part of the Striped configuration.
  6. Choose quick format / NTFS Default allocation size
  7. Enjoy the increased speed of your striped volume.

Please be careful with this process – make sure you understand the pro’s and con’s.  If you do, it can be a inexpensive way to increase your performance while using Revit.

This guy did a comparison on the speed of Windows 7 ‘Striping’ vs hardware RAID0 – and surprisingly, the results were similar.
RAID on the Cheap: Windows 7 Software RAID vs. inexpensive “fake RAID” � Kevin’s Blog