The LAN 605 system has a 17.2 GIG 5400 RPM
Maxtor hard drive. Whenever I play DAOC on the Project 620 system I always
get into the Quake level before LAN 605. This is because Project 620 loads the
level from a faster 7200 RPM Seagate hard drive. While the LAN 605 system is
loading the level, Project 620 is already in the level, taking all the rocket
The problem is that the Microsoft RAM drive can only load in config.sys (bumping your CD-ROM a letter) and has a 32 MB limit. To hell with that! My buddy Zap over at Brawley OnLine (He's the guy who supplied me with the Celerons that does 605Mhz) found a tiny RAM drive program that loads in the autoexec.bat and you can assign it whatever drive letter you want (in conjunction with the lastdrive= line in config.sys) and whatever amount of physical RAM you want to use, up to 2 GB! It uses RAM from top-down, and is fully compliant with Win95/98 (so Device Manager doesn't freak out and say it is in MS-DOS compatibility mode).
With 256 MB RAM, just use between 80-100 MB of RAM for the RAM drive, and once in Windows, install DAOC to the RAM drive and run it from there. Then, you will be the first one in the levels every time. Loading DAOC from a RAM drive is a whole new experience. The game loads like right NOW! You'll beat everyone to the level by up to 10 seconds.
The main problem with using a RAM drive for games is that the RAM you assign for the RAM drive is no longer available to system RAM. In other words, if you have 256 megs of RAM and you assign 100 megs for a RAM drive, your system RAM is now down to 156 Megs. This is why you need a lot of RAM to be able to setup a RAM drive. Also the average new game on the market today is like 400 megs. Way too much to put onto a RAM drive (Unless you have more money than you know what to do with, in which case you can buy 1 gig of RAM and setup a 400 meg RAM drive). DAOC Test is "only" 65 megs because it's just a test right now but rest assure when the final game comes out it'll be pushing 400 megs or more. In the mean time, you can use the RAM drive to get a nice advantage in the DAOC test, which works great with a RAM drive. If you have a large amount of RAM in your computer, give it a try and take those rocket launchers before those guys with the 10,000 RPM SCSI drives. :-)
Games aren't the only programs you can use on a RAM drive. Any program will load much faster from RAM than from a hard drive. You just have to make sure the program isn't larger than your RAM drive. You can download the RAM Drive program from The Tech Zone download page or click here to download now. It's only 75K. Complete instructions are in the read me file.
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