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How CPUs are Designed, Part 3: Building the Chip
     Tue, May 28 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this third installment we explore how the physics of how transistors work, how their individual components are built in silicon, and how they are connected to create useful circuits and chips. How do you transform a pile of sand into an advanced processor? Let's find out.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

TechTip: Dell Inspiron and the Incompatible SSD ?!
     Wed, May 08 2019 | 8:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Just thought I'd share this TechTip with the PCSTATS readers and hopefully save someone else a little bit of time. While attempting to add a second SSD into a Dell Inspiron today (to act as a cache drive) Intel RST rejected the drive as "Incompatible" - the drive wouldn't even show up under Device Manager / Disk Management.... odd. I've never heard of a SATA SSD being incompatible, but Dell is nortoriously proprietary with devices. For example, I had to buy a special proprietary SATA power cable just to hook the drive up! Silly Dell.

Anyway tried the following steps unsuccessfully:
 - on another computer, deleted the partitions on the SSD and recreated one new partition in NTFS
 - on another computer, deleted the partition and left the drive unmounted.
 - in the Inspiron BIOS, changed it from Legacy Boot to UEFI... nope
 - in the Inspiron BIOS, attempted to change things from ACHI to RAID, but the Inspiron doesn't even support a RAID setting (this a common suggestion on Dell's user-driven support forums).

The SSD worked just fine in another computer, so this was all a bit perlexing.

It turns out the REAL problem was the format of the partition table: MBR vs. GPT! The SSD was previously set up as an MBR disk (Master Boot Record) and what Intel RST was complaining about when it said "Incompatible" was easily fixed by converting the SSD from MBR to GBT (GUID Partition Table) on another computer, using Disk Management.

After making the change to GPT, the SSD was installed into the Dell Inspiron, the drive was recognized, mounted and formatted for use. Problem solved!

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

How CPUs are Designed and Built
     Tue, Apr 30 2019 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We all think of the CPU as the "brains" of a computer, but what does that actually mean? What is going on inside with the billions of transistors to make your computer work? In this new four-part mini series we'll be focusing on computer hardware design, covering the ins and outs of what makes a computer work.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Make a household fusion-powered
     Thu, Apr 25 2019 | 3:33P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Our own Colton Westrate invested $65,000 to make his household fusion-powered. Join him as he tells the story from the beginning and shares every juicy detail he possibly can.
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT

Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know
     Sat, Mar 30 2019 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many hardcore computer users might consider themselves above learning new tricks, but there are always new ways to sharpen your skills on the PC and we bet that you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Export Putty Session List
     Mon, Mar 11 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Export Putty Session List Export Putty Session List I don't know about you, but I tend to work from a number of different computers, most of them Windows. Well, when the time comes that I have to either migrate system settings or configure a new device, Putty settings is always something that seems to get lost in transition. With a little search and destroy, I found a way to easily migrate your Putty Session list for import on another device.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Guru3D Winter 2019 PC Buyers Guide
     Thu, Feb 21 2019 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's that time of year again, when I finally emerge from the maelstrom that was the end of 2018, CES 2019, and the release of Radeon VII. This article has been 'ready' for a fair while, but the rapidity of events in early 2019 has led to several not insignificant revisions over the course of the last six or so weeks.
  FULL STORY @ GURU3D

 
Beginner's Guide To Twitch Streaming
     Mon, Feb 04 2019 | 1:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Do you want to be the next Ninja? How about the next Dr Disrespect? Maybe you want to try out your stand-up routine on random Internet strangers before hitting up the local comedy club. Whatever the case may be, streaming to Twitch, or another similar platform, can seem like a daunting task at first. Thankfully this doesn't have to be the case, and we are here with the first in a series of articles dedicated to getting you up and streaming. While this guide will focus on setting up your system to go live on Twitch, many of these steps can be repeated at other sites like YouTube and Mixer. This being part one, we will go over the very basics of streaming games, and if you follow this guide, you could be up and streaming in record time."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Building a Gaming PC Right Now is a Good Idea
     Fri, Jan 25 2019 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
What a difference a year makes. It was about this time last year that we discussed why building a gaming PC was a bad idea, but thankfully a lot has changed since. You may recall, DDR4 memory and graphics card prices were through the roof a year ago. GPU availability was quite poor and on top of all that, we were at the end of a few product cycles. Fast forward a year, what's changed?
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Find Your Original Windows 10 Product Key
     Thu, Dec 20 2018 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For a long time Windows PCs (OEMs) came with a product key sticker with your license info, but now manufacturers are storing this license within the machine's UEFI/BIOS, so the information is retrieved and applied automatically. Furthermore, your Windows license can now be tied to your Microsoft account. Let us explain.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Ever Wondered How Those Computer-Controlled Christmas Light Displays Work?
     Mon, Dec 17 2018 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Depending on where you live, you've likely seen a house with crazy flashing Christmas lights that change color and dance to music. Almost every neighborhood or town has "that one house" that goes all out for the holidays each year. In my neighborhood, that house is mine.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Standing Desk Starter Guide: Some Dos and Don'ts
     Sun, Dec 16 2018 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It can be easy to talk yourself out of standing at a computer desk. Besides parting with your favorite chair, the price of most adjustable models can discourage many. Read on for a practical outlook on what you can expect from your first standing desk, whether you're building something yourself or having one shipped to your door
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Windows To Go: How to Install and Run Windows 10 from a USB
     Wed, Nov 28 2018 | 12:28P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Did you know that a full copy of Windows can be installed and run from a USB drive? Microsoft introduced "Windows To Go" with Windows 8 Enterprise and has continued supporting the feature in Windows 10, which can be kept on a pen drive in your pocket as a portable operating system.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Improve Windows Start Menu's Search or Simply Install a Better Replacement
     Tue, Nov 06 2018 | 4:05P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Although the Start menu is supposed to be the fastest way to find local files, software and settings, Windows 10's search indexing service is far from the best. It is not uncommon that a simple query won't return any valid results, no matter how simple or precise your query is. Here's how you can turn things around
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

A Compilation of Command Prompt Tips
     Thu, Nov 01 2018 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We've compiled a list of things that you can do in the Windows Command Prompt, including some commands everyone should know for general usage, more advanced ones for tweaking or troubleshooting your PC, as well as lesser known Command Prompt features.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Get Rid of Windows 10 Ads
     Thu, Oct 25 2018 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft slowly started to sneak advertisements into the Windows platform with Windows 8, and they've only crept up further in Windows 10. Thankfully it's easy to shut down most of these annoyances if you know where to look.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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Beginners Guide: Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1156 CPU and Heatsink
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  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
  11. Burning CDs and DVDs
  12. Cloning WindowsXP
  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
  16. Creating MP3 Music Files
  17. Decrypting Lost Document & Zipped File Passwords
  18. Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
  19. Diagnosing Bad Memory
  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
  21. Dual OS Installation of WindowsXP 32-bit/64-bit
  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
  26. Firewalls and Internet Security
  27. Firewall Setup and Configuration
  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
  29. Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
  31. Hard Drive Data Recovery
  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
  34. How to Install: Intel Socket 1366 CPU and Heatsink
  35. How to Install: Intel Socket 1155 CPU and Heatsink
  36. How to Install: AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
  38. How to Fix Homesite Design Mode to Work in WindowsXP/ Vista
  39. How To Make a Budget Desktop Computer on the Cheap
  40. How to Update a Motherboard BIOS
  41. Installing RAID on Desktop PCs
  42. Installing Windows Vista
  43. Installing Windows XP
  44. Internet Connection Sharing
  45. Legally Copying Software and Music
  46. Linux Part 1: Getting Familiar
  47. Linux Part 2: Installing a PC
  48. Linux Part 3: New Software
  49. Little Known Features of WindowsXP
  50. Making Old Software Compatible with Windows Vista
  51. Making DVD Movies from Video Files
  52. Most Common Ways to Kill a PC
  53. Optical Drives & Recording Formats
  54. Overclocking the CPU, Motherboard & Memory
  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
  57. Printer Sharing on a Home Network
  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
  59. RAM, Memory and Upgrading
  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
  61. Remote Access to Computers
  62. RSS Feed Setup & Subscriptions
  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
  64. Setting up an FTP Server in WinXP
  65. Slipstreaming WindowsXP with Service Pack 2
  66. Spyware Protection and Removal
  67. Stopping Spam
  68. Stopping Vista From Thrashing Hard Disks to Death
  69. Synchronizing Files and Folders
  70. Unattended Windows 2000/XP Installations
  71. Understanding & Creating Batch Files
  72. Understanding & Tweaking WindowsXP Services
  73. Upgrading A Motherboard Without Reinstalling
  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
  75. USB Memory Drive Projects & Tips
  76. VPNs and Internet Connection Security
  77. Website Hosting From A Home PC
  78. Website Hosting With Apache
  79. Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
  80. Windows XP Command Prompt
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