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Hardware and Operating System – XP Professional

OS and Service Pack

TT recommends all client machines be installed with Windows XP and SP1 or higher.

Note: The following operating system combinations are supported for a Japanese X_TRADER® machine:

  • Japanese Windows XP Professional
  • Non-Japanese Windows XP Professional running an East Asian Language Pack set to the Japanese language

NIC Configuration

  • Ethernet cards must be on the latest driver version.

    Note: Per internal testing, TT has found that Nvidia cards can introduce random latency and disconnects.

    Note: Due to driver and firmware limitations, TT does not recommend using Broadcom NetXtreme I based Ethernet cards in a production environment. Instead TT recommends the Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit cards, with either Broadcom driver version 14.2 or higher or HP driver 5.2.17 or higher.

    Recommended:

    • NetXtreme II Gigabit (chipset 5706, 5708, 5709, 5716)

    Not Recommended:

    • NetXtreme I Desktop/Mobile (chipset 5702, 5705, 5751, 5752, 5753, 5754, 5755, 5756, 5761, 5764, 5782, 57760, 57761, and 57765)
    • NetXtreme I Server (chipset 5700, 5701, 5703, 5704, 5714, 5715, 5718, 5721, 5722, 5723, and 5780)
    • NetLink 57xx (chipset 5784, 5785, 57780, 57781, 57785, 57788, 57790, 57791, 57795, 5781, 5786, 5787, 5788, and 5789)
    • NetLink 4401 (chipset 4401)
  • For all NICs, disable the following:
    • Checksum Offload
    • Large Send Offload
    • Flow control
    • NIC Sleep

Registry

Set “No Arp’ing” by making changes to the following registry keys to ensure best performance…

  • Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCALMACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesTcpip Parameters
    • Double-click ArpCacheLife.
    • Type ffffffff in the Value data field and click OK.
    • Double-Click ArpCacheMinReferencedLife
    • Type ffffffff in the Value data field and click OK.
  • Navigate to the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetServicesAFD Parameters
    • Right-click in the right pane and select New | DWORD Value from the Context menu.
    • Type in IgnorePushBitOnReceives and press Enter.
    • Double-click IgnorePushBitOnReceives and type 1 in the Value data field. Click OK.

Power Save Settings

To avoid unexpected disconnects and to help ensure proper TT application functionality, turn off any power save or hibernation functionality on machines that host TT software.

  • Display Properties

    To access, right-click on the desktop and select Properties. Select the Screen Saver tab.

    • Set Screen Saver to None.

    Click the Power button.

    • Set Power Management (Power schemes) to Always On.
    • Set Turn off monitor and Turn off hard disks to Never.

    Select the Hibernate tab.

    • Ensure Hibernate mode is disabled.
  • BIOS
    • Turn off hard disk power saving.
    • Turn off HDD Spin Down.

Windows Performance Settings

Ensure servers are set to automatically adjust for best performance.

To access this setting, right-click on My Computer and select Properties. Select the Advanced tab, and click the Settings button within the Performance section. Select the radial button next to Adjust for best performance.

Windows Services

In Windows Services, disable all unnecessary services. For example:

  • Automatic Updates*
  • Computer Browser
  • Print Spooler
  • Windows Firewall***
  • Windows Time

* Automatic updates should be downloaded and installed outside of trading hours.

** TT strongly recommends disabling the Computer Browser service.

*** If you do not disable your Windows firewall, ensure port 10200 is enabled.

To access the Services window, select Start | Run and type services.msc in the Open field.