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104 Tech Tips
NF4 Ultra Mobo
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nForce 4 Athlon64 & 104 Great Tech Tips!

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Been waiting for the new nForce 4 chipset to come out so you can run a PCI Express videocard with that socket 939 Athlon64 processor? Thought 'that day' would never come? Well smile, because PCstats has a review of the brand new nForce 4 Ultra Gigabyte K8NXP-9 motherboard for your reading pleasure... benchmarked with the MSI RX800XT videocard and Athlon64 4000+ CPU no less! Time to break out that freebie Half Life 2 coupon, and get gaming!

As if that wasn't enough, PCstats has just published another massive 104 Great Tech Tips for WinXP! Add that to 101 Tips and Tweaks, and 99 Performance Tips, and you have 107 pages of tip-tastic tweakmania!

Encryption, the Firefox browser, word processing, arcade games and yes even an operating system can be run off your USB hard drive... if you know how! Check out this Guide to USB Memory Drive Projects for the full 411. Rounding out this weeks Newsletter is another of Colin's great Tech Tips, a look at the Aopen EX915 small formfactor PC, the MSI 915P Neo2 motherboard, and Albatron's PC6600 PCI Express videocard.


Beginners Guides: 104 Great Tech Tips for Windows X

From quick tips to WindowsXP, right through to cool tweak, toys and experiments, PCstats has go you covered with over a hundred new Tech Tips!
PCStats is pleased to present this latest installment of our Windows XP Tips collection. This guide brings you 104 ways to make using Windows XP faster, safer and more enjoyable. Combined with our first two tips articles,101 Tech Tips and 99 Performance Tweaks, PCstats now has over 300 of the best tips for Microsoft Windows XP assembled in one place!Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 nForce4 Ultra Motherboard Review

Over the course of this review, PCstats will explain the attributes of nVidia's hot new nForce 4 Ultra chipset, the benefits of this technology, and how it application on the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 motherboard performs. As the nVidia 'CK804' chipset soldered to this board is an engineering sample, there may, or may not be a bit of latitude to the results against that of a retail bought solution. In any event, the Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-9 is bound to be a favourite solution, for not only does it incorporate the all important PCI Express x16 slot alongside an Athlon64 64-bit processor, but it also features a remarkable array of goodies. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: USB Memory Drive Projects

The USB memory key appears well on its way to replacing the floppy drive completely; as flash memory prices have dropped, these devices have become cheap enough that anyone can afford them. As you will see there's a lot more you can do with your USB memory key than just transfer files. These flexible miniature storage devices can put a whole range of portable applications, and even operating systems in your pocket. In this guide, PCstats will reveal eleven tips, tricks and projects for getting more out of your current USB memory drives than you may have known was possible. From the mundane to the insane, we're sure you'll find something here that's worth trying, so let's begin! Continue Here>>
AOpen EX915 XCube SFF PC Review

Small Form Factor (SFF) PCs have advanced in leaps and bounds since they were first released by Shuttle a few years ago. PCstats recently reviewed an attractive SFF kit from AOpen, the EX915 XCube. This is a 'barebones' kit. AOpen's XCube is easily among the best looking SFF PCs available, and AOpen has been extremely quick in getting the latest technology into their systems. Who else has an 915G Socket 775 Pentium 4 board available in a SFF system?Continue Here>>

Albatron GeForce PC6600 Videocard Review
Based on the highly successful NV40 architecture, the small 0.11 micron manufactured GeForce 6600 GPU only has half the rendering pipelines of the 6800GT/Ultra, but still packs quite a powerful punch. PCstats will be putting the Albatron's new GeForce PC6600 PCI Express videocard though its paces in this review, so let's get started. Using the NV43 GPU, the Albatron card is backed up by 128MB of 5ns Hynix DDR memory. Not a lot, but it should suffice for the average gamer. The Albatron GeForce PC6600 supports dual monitors, which means this card can be used for work or business purposes, as well as gaming.Continue Here>>
MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum Motherboard Review

Sit back and relax as we take a look at the MSI 915P Neo2 Platinum motherboard, built with the performance user in mind! This full-size ATX motherboard includes a comprehensive feature set, from IEEE 1394 (for your high speed external multimedia devices like HDDs, scanners, MP3 players, etc), to an additional IDE RAID controller, Gigabit PCI Express ethernet controller, and Intel's Azalia onboard 7.1-channel audio. For future expansion requirements, the 915P Neo2 Platinum has thee regular 32bit PCI slots, two PCI Express x1 slots, and one PCI Express x16 slot for your videocard. The four dual channel memory slots support DDR-2 533MHz memory.Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Scheduled Tasks

It can make life easier for admins to set up scheduled tasks, like running a virus scan every Friday at lunch, or scanning for spyware Monday mornings. Though sometimes a few PC's might not run the scheduled tasks, even though they have administrative access to do all the processes. Frustrating as this may be, the fix is quite easy.

First load up Windows Explorer (Right click on the My Computer icon and go to explore) and follow this path Documents and Settings -> All Users -> Application Data -> Microsoft -> Crypto -> RSA->S-1-5-18, please note these folders are hidden by default so you'll have to enable the Show hidden files and folders option. Once you're in that directory, delete any file that's inside, the scheduled tasks will recreate anything that's needed.

After that's done, the scheduled tasks should run whenever you set them to!

Be sure to stop by PCStats Forums and post your questions. If you're planning to upgrade your PC or need recommendation, this is the right place to do it.

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