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- K8X890 Pro II
- Handy Recovery
- Aopen N250A Mobo
- SLI 6600GT's
- Linux Pt.1
- Colour Laser
- Guide to FTP
- PCstats Weekly Tips
Data Recovery Revisited

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Several months back, PCstats published a guide to hard drive data recovery - a collection of tools and advice for recovering lost data from dead, deleted, and damaged hard drives. This week, we've taken Handy Recovery 2.0 from Softlogica for a spin to see how it compares. The end results are generally the same, but the process is much smoother as you might expect.

Albatron is back in the spotlight with its K8X890 Pro II mobo - a PCI Express and Athlon 64 board with nice performance curves. AOpen have released the new n250a-FR motherboard for socket 754 Athlon64 CPUs, and that review is fresh from the test bench.

Thinking about upgrading to SLI videocards? Be sure to read PCstats review of the MSI NX6600GT-SLI videocards - it's not often you see mainstream graphics cards giving a high-end Radeon X800XT a good run for its money!

Also in this weeks edition; the PCstats Weekly Tech Tip, new Reader Questions and Answers, re-visiting WinXP SP2, and more! Last but not least, a shameless call for you to bug a co-worker to try the PCstats Newsletter out!

Albatron K8X890 Pro II K8T890 Motherboard Review

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Today we're going to look at an Albatron K8X890 Pro II motherboard which uses VIA's new K8T890 chipset, so you know what that means - PCI Express videocards! This Albatron motherboard supports all Socket 939 AMD Athlon 64 or FX processors as well as up to 4GB of PC3200 DDR memory. The VIA K8T890 chipset supports PCI Express, so as you'd expect we see a full PCI Express x16 video slot on this board as well as a single PCI Express x4 peripheral slot.Continue Here>>

Handy Recovery 2.0 Undeletion and Data Recovery Software

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In PCstats critically important guide to data recovery, we walked through several freeware applications that you can use to restore your data in case of disaster. Today we're going to take a quick walk through the features and tools of a commercial option for data and file recovery, SoftLogica's Handy Recovery 2.0. As you'd expect, this $30 data recovery program is free from many of the limitations that can make using freeware recovery software a trying experience. Handy Recovery supports the NTFS file system , has a full GUI and most importantly, is easy to use. Continue Here>>
AOpen n250a-FR Socket 754 Motherboard Review
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If you're an average computer user and only upgrade your PC once every three to five years, this is your chance to scoop up some big bargains! The AOpen n250a-FR Socket 754 nForce3-250 motherboard in supports any Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 or any of AMD's new budget 32-bit AMD Sempron processors. Three DDR memory slots accommodate up to 3GB of non ECC unbuffered PC3200 DDR RAM. Both the socket 754 Athlon64 and Sempron processors run with single channel DDR, as does the nForce3-250 chipset.Continue Here>>


Dual MSI NX6600GT-TD128E SLI Videocard Review
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As an enthusiast I'm less than impressed with the last few years under ATi's rule; they've been turbulent at best... and not especially innovative. What ever the situation, there's no doubt that nVIDIA's GeForce 6600GT is the best mainstream core on the market right now. A single GeForce 6600GT-based videocard is about as quick as last generation's Radeon 9800XT/GeForceFX 5950 Ultra cards, and then there is the "SLI factor." On PCstats test bench today are a pair of MSI Computer NX6600GT-TD128E videocards that are literally made for each other. Based around the GeForce 6600GT core, both cards are backed up with 128MB of memory on a 128-bit bus. Continue Here>>

Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
Since its creation in 1991 by Linus Torvalds to the present day, Linux has been half operating system and half symbol. This publicly licensed operating system has a sort of mystical aura about it that's about as cool as you can get in the computer world. Conquering Linux has been the right of passage for a generation of computer enthusiasts. In this first part of PCstats two-part guide to basic Linux use and installation, we aim to familiarize you with using Linux for everyday computing.Continue Here>>
Samsung CLP-550N Colour Laser Printer Review

The Samsung CLP-550N colour laser printer PCstats is testing out in this review is one of the new breed of networked colour laser printers, offering efficient colour and black and white laser printing over a wired or wireless network. This 1200 dpi, 21 page-per-minute (black and white), 5 page-per-minute (colour) laser printer comes with several nice features, not to mention the option of wireless networking and expandable onboard memory.Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
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FTP is an easy way to transfer files over the Internet and in this guide we'll explains the basics of using it, and how to set up a home FTP server in WindowsXP

If you've ever tried to share a large number of files over the Internet, you've no doubt noticed that it is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Sure you can use MSN messenger to send things… One file at a time. You could email, but that's slow and limited by the size of your mailbox. What if you want to make several directory's worth of your files available to yourself over the Internet while you are traveling? You could use remote desktop software, but that typically has anemic file transfer options and slow performance. What's the solution? Why FTP of course! Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Controlling Hidden Shares

WindowsXP has a bad habbit of automatically creating hidden drive shares every time you start the system. Even if you disable them one time, they're automatically recreated upon the next reboot, grrr... This leaves any computer running WindowsXP Pro open to attack from anyone with even a bit of networking know how.

Luckily the fix is quite easy, we'll have to load up regedit first (Start -> Run then type regedit and press the ok button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Services -> lanmanserver -> Parameters. From there create a new DWORD value and name it AutoShareWks and set its value to 0 then exit Regedit.

From now on when you boot your system, WindowsXP Pro will no longer create automatic shares that leave your system open.

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Get Ready For SP2 Disruptions in April

Remember WindowsXP Service Pack 2? Well, April 12th is the day that the automatic update blocking tool will finally expire, and PC's which had previously been set to not download and install SP2, should begin doing just that. The service pack addresses plenty of thorny security issues like malicious software, spoofing attempts, and pop-up blocking.

SP2s security updates can conflict with some internet-oriented software, causing headaches for users left to troubleshoot sudden problems. The blocking tool had given cautious users a chance to delay SP2 from installing on their Windows XP PC for 120 days. After it expires however, any computer with "automatic updates" enabled will download SP2 and install the operating system patch.

For most of us, SP2 does more good than harm, but since it includes basic firewall protection, we would advise you to have a look through PCstats article on SP2 for some insight into the new features it introduces.


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