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Hot Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Tablets,
     Fri, Nov 27 2015 | 5:42P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It's hard to believe this year is nearly over. It feels as if our holiday gift guides are being assembled at an ever more rapid pace. Perhaps that has to do with the non-stop innovation in the tech sector, and our insatiable desire for ever-advancing product development. Each year, the leaps in processing power and graphics performance, in addition to the miniaturization and integration of advanced technologies, seems to constantly push the envelope, which means that there are almost always plenty of suitable upgrade replacements for our favorite gadgets and gizmos.

Ransomware 101 With Trend Micro
     Wed, Nov 18 2015 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We were invited by Trend Micro to a special media briefing on Ransomware 101 : What, How & Why. Law Chee Wan, Trend Micro's Manager of Technical Sales, gave us an hour-long talk on how ransomware creators operate, and how they are now targeting small and medium-sized businesses. We recorded his hour-long talk on ransomware. We also covered Trend Micro's debunking of the top 5 myths of data breaches. Check them out!

Windows 10 Privacy - Everything You Need to Know
     Sun, Nov 15 2015 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 10 has received a lot of criticism for collecting personal information. Rumor has it that Microsoft is copying user’s files and information. These rumors have no basis. Microsoft is collecting basic data which they call telemetry from machines running Windows 10. This collection of data is not new. Microsoft has been collecting data and sending it home in every operating …

Does dual-channel memory make difference in gaming performance?
     Fri, Nov 13 2015 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In theory, the dual-channel mode improves the computer performance. But in real life, is there a better performance in games? Let's find out!

Best Tablets of 2015
     Thu, Nov 12 2015 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With smartphones getting bigger and laptops getting thinner and lighter, tablet's scope has been narrowed down significantly, but the battle is still being fought and we have a few solid alternatives to choose from. We've gone through countless of professional reviews combined with our own experiences and user reviews to bring you the best options out there.

Best Tablets Of 2015, A Buyer's Guide
     Tue, Nov 10 2015 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
There’s no doubt that tablets have revolutionized the way many of us consume media. The tablets on the market today have developed to fill many niche categories and are beginning to rival notebooks in terms of performance. We see everything from the venerable iPads, to the upcoming Amazon Kindles, to a wide variety of Android slates and the latest in the Surface line from Microsoft. So, how do you know which one is right for you? As is the case with most devices, there just isn’t a single “best” tablet anymore. A more useful start is to determine the kind of user you are, and then picking the right tablet to meet your particular needs...

Best Remote Support Tools Review
     Thu, Nov 05 2015 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Below are five of our favorite remote support tools that allow you to troubleshoot another person's computer remotely.

Remote Desktop 101
     Thu, Nov 05 2015 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this tutorial, we will teach you how to use Remote Desktop to connect to another computer to control it remotely. We give step by step instructions, advantages, and drawbacks of Remote Desktop.

How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug Rev. 4.3.
     Thu, Sep 24 2015 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
User of ASUS and Gigabyte motherboards (maybe others as well) may be affected by a PCI Express x1 bug which causes a tremendous drop in performance. ChampionLLY takes a look at the motherboards and graphics cards affected by this problem and what solutions work, and what doesn’t. In the second part, he takes a look at the effect that PCI Express x1 bug has on the performance of your system. The results will shock you. Here are the latest updates in Revision 4.3 :

KitGuru Complete Guide to Workstations – Part 4
     Wed, Sep 09 2015 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So far in this series, we have made some initial tests and conclusions about the balance between CPU and graphics in a workstation, and then focused specifically on the types of application covered by the industry-standard SPECviewperf 12.02 tests. In this article, we turn our attention to two very significant applications in the 3D content creation (3DCC) industry: Autodesk 3DS Max and AutoCAD.

How To Stop Windows 10 From Automatically Rebooting Itself! Rev. 2.1
     Tue, Sep 08 2015 | 5:09P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsoft's zeal to ensure that Windows 10 is the most secure operating system they have ever made has now turned into a major problem - IT AUTOMATICALLY REBOOTS ITSELF! Unlike Apple's OS X operating system, Microsoft Windows 10 does NOT save the state of open applications or documents, so they will automatically restore themselves after the computer reboots. So if you did not save your work before it rebooted itself, the work is lost.

Easy Recovery Essentials BCD Error Fix - Windows 10
     Tue, Sep 08 2015 | 5:08P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When we first upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, we noticed a problem off of the bat as Windows failed to update to 10 on the first try. We persevered, and continued to upgrade a second time. Once it finished, the PC rebooted and we were without a graphics driver. We ran Windows Update and it installed our graphics driver. Upon reboot we were greeted with a blue screen of death (BSOD), with the error code 0xc0000098. Read on for more details on how we fixed our error code!

Wondering Where Startup Folder Went in Windows 10? Here is How to Find it.
     Sat, Sep 05 2015 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the recent migration to Windows 10, there have been a lot of little things that people either can’t find or can’t seem to figure out. With my recent transition to Windows 10 on all computers in the COD household, these little annoyances keep popping up. The first one that popped up was on my ...

Tech Primer: What you need to know about DDR4 memory
     Tue, Sep 01 2015 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
From a physical standpoint, DDR4 is the same width as DDR3, but is slightly taller by about .9mm. The main physical difference between DDR3 and DDR4 is that DDR4 uses 288 pins compared to the 240 pins on DDR3 and the key is in a different location. Though there are ton of changes, the four major improvements of DDR4 SDRAM can be summed up in lower operating voltage, increased power saving enhancements, increased frequency, and improved chip density.

Guide to PC Workstations
     Sat, Aug 29 2015 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In the second part of this series, we presented some initial tests to illustrate how CPU and graphics can affect different types of performance in a PC workstation. In this third part, we focus down on one particular, industry-standard benchmark that puts a workstation through a range of tests with popular 3D modelling and design applications.

How To - AMD FX ATX Gaming Rig
     Fri, Aug 28 2015 | 5:22P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we're going to show you a guide on how to build an AMD based system. This rig should be a multi-talent and we want it to perform everyday tasks very well. Therefore we occasionally wish to play games with FullHD resolution. We also want this system to be very silent and upgradeable.

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Beginners Guides: Repairing a Cracked / Broken Notebook LCD Screen
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A broken or cracked LCD screen makes a laptop utterly useless, good thing PCSTATS can show you how to replace that busted laptop screen with a minimum of fuss and for less money than a service center charges. PCSTATS will be fixing a cracked LCD screen on a Lenovo T530 ThinkPad notebook, the general procedures outlined here work for any notebook though.
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The Gigabyte GA-X79-UD5 is an awesome 'Sandy Bridge-E' motherboard for anyone in the business of content creation, yet still nimble enough to take on multi-videocard gaming and overclocking at the end of a days work.
Seagate Constellation ES 1TB Enterprise Hard Drive Review
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All Constellation ES drives are rated to 6Gb/s SATA III speeds, incorporate 64MB of cache, utilize 7200RPM spindle speeds and offer Native Command Queing. The drives are covered by an impressive 5 year warranty and rated to1.2 million hours MTBF.
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  1. 10 Steps to a Secure PC
  2. 101 Tips and Tweaks for Windows XP
  3. 104 Killer Tech Tips for Windows XP
  4. 99 Performance Tips for Windows XP
  5. 99 Windows Vista Performance Tips
  6. Annual PC Checkup Checklist
  7. Assembling Your Own PC
  8. Back up and Restore Data in WinXP
  9. Browser Hijacking and How to Stop it
  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
  81. Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
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