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Can A New GPU Rejuvenate A 5 Year Old Gaming PC?
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 4:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
New video card launches from AMD and NVIDIA are almost always reviewed on hardware that’s less than 12 months old. That's not an arbitrary decision -- it helps reviewers make certain that GPU performance isn't held back by older CPUs and can be particularly important when evaluating the impact of new interfaces or bus designs. The downside of this policy is that it leaves a gap in product coverage. Gamers with older systems often miss out on whether or not a new graphics card will be a meaningful upgrade for aging systems. That's particularly important as the speed of the desktop replacement cycle has slowed. Here, we're going to compare the performance impact of upgrading the graphics card on an older system that doesn't have access to any of the substantial performance gains Intel introduced with Nehalem in late 2008. Our upgrade card of choice is an EVGA GeForce GTX 660 SuperClocked with 2GB of RAM:

Troubleshooting and Fixing Windows 8's Boot Configuration
     Fri, Feb 01 2013 | 12:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Windows 8 received a decent amount of enhancements on the desktop side that I tend to appreciate versus running Windows 7. One such area of improvement is notification management and how it handles updates and system restarts. Running the final version of the OS for a few months now, it’s been a painless affair until this past weekend. Unable to boot all of sudden, after some troubleshooting I settled on the idea that it wasn't a hardware problem. With a long history of dual booting different versions of Windows over the years, finding a corrupt MBR, boot sector, or Boot Configuration Data (BCD) is nothing new, but it took me longer than usual to come to a solution.

How to Restore Old Computers to Their Original Color
     Thu, Jan 31 2013 | 1:38P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Plastic parts of older computers become yellow or brown over time, so you end up with a computer that looks yellow or brown instead of white or gray. In this tutorial, we will show you how to restore old plastic parts to their original color by using a homemade peroxide-based solution called Retr0bright."

Repairing an HP LaserJet Fuser Film Sleeve
     Thu, Jan 03 2013 | 3:58P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Repairing an HP LaserJet M3035xs office printer with a little exploratory surgery to replace its failed Fuser Film Sleeve... a common failure point on this HP business printer apparently. Poor design on HPs part -- hang your head in shame nameless Hewlett Packard Engineer... in SHAME!!


News: How to build a PC
     Mon, Dec 17 2012 | 9:32P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building a PC from parts might seem daunting, but it`s really not that difficult. We`ve published an in-depth guide that walks through every step in the process in painstaking detail. The guide is laced with video footage, including a full-length cut that chronicles the build from start to finish."

PC Buyers Guide Winter 2012
     Mon, Dec 10 2012 | 3:11A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
1.html,Guru3D offers you their bi-annual PC Buyers Guide, this is the 2012 Winter slash Christmas edition. This article brings you a set of recommendations of products we feel are great components to build yourself a nice gaming rig. We go from low-end targeted at gamers, to high-end for the enthusiast fragger. Again, we make these guys with gamers in mind."

News: TRs 2012 Christmas gift guide
     Fri, Dec 07 2012 | 5:42P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve compiled our lists and checked them twice. Read on for our thoughts on the best tech-savvy gifts this holiday season."

[Affiliates News] EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation 5.0 @ APH Networks
     Mon, Dec 03 2012 | 3:18A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
APH Networks covers EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation 5.0, a backup program."

Beginners Guides: Hard Drive Data Recovery
     Fri, Nov 23 2012 | 9:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Killed a hard drive without backing up? Deleted your babies first photo and already emptied the recycling bin? Not to worry, you can probably recover your data with the help of this guide from PCSTATS.

"The loss of factory hard drive capacity seems to be an increasingly common occurrence with very large capacity (ie. 1TB) hard drives, but it's not specific to any one hard drive manufacturer. It can happen to brand new drives or existing hard drives full of data. In either case the data portion of the drive isn't generally affected. If a new or existing hard drive in your computer suddenly pops up with a capacity of 32MB, or another value equally small compared to the true drive size, don't freak out, the data should still be there."

Beginners Guides: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
     Fri, Nov 23 2012 | 9:15P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD made several noteworthy accomplishments with its socket FM1 'Llano' processor, the most important being the integration of a graphics core directly onto a CPU die which substantially reduced motherboard complexity. Major architectural changes were also brought forth by AMD's Fusion family of processors, yet like the socket AM2/AM2+/AM3 processors that preceded it AMD kept the socket and heatsink mounting system totally compatible. Installing a socket FM1 AMD A8-series processor into a motherboard is not too difficult, unless you've never done anything like this before and in that case a little guidance is called for.

[Tech ARP] Thomson / Technicolor TG784n Port Forwarding Guide Rev. 2.0
     Mon, Nov 19 2012 | 4:07P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Port forwarding is important if you have applications or games that require an unobstructed connection from a computer on your local network to a remote service or server. What it basically does is open a port in your firewall and direct all traffic that is sent to that port to a specific computer on your network. Think of it as opening a secret entrance in your city wall and then routing all traffic that goes through it to a specific house. If you do not set up port forwarding for your application, it may not be able to connect to the service or you may have to live with reduced performance. This port forwarding guide is for those who are using the *older Thomson TG784n* router, or the *newer Technicolor TG784n v3* router. Although the example uses the latest Technicolor TG784n v3 router, the steps are the same for the older Thomson TG784n router. Let`s get right down to it! *In this update, we made various improvements and corrections to the guide. We also added some information on the default MAC address selection.*"

Australian Blu-ray Importing: November 2012 Buying Guide
     Fri, Nov 09 2012 | 4:17A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Ben takes a look at the latest and greatest overseas titles on Blu-ray for November 2012."

Windows 8 Consumer Preview with the painful Metro UI disabled + Start Button
     Wed, Oct 31 2012 | 7:29P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Want to know how to bring back the Start button to Windows 8 Consumer Preview and disable the painful 'metro' user interface? PCSTATS tells you what you need in today's Facebook Post. Check it out on the PCSTATS FB Page...

SysAdmin Corner: 7 Network Security F-Ups Small Offices Make @ Techgage
     Mon, Oct 29 2012 | 3:53P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It`s easy to overlook that huge corporations are far less dangerous than the small business you deal with each and every day with regards to information theft. Some institutions have treasure troves of info on you that can far exceed the big fish. If you work in a SMB, you can`t afford to have your info stolen, so read on for some important tips."

F1 2012 Tweak Guide @ Rage3D.com
     Sun, Oct 28 2012 | 11:23A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We run Codemasters` latest racer through the ringer to show you which settings impact performance and visuals the most. If you need some assistance tweaking, this will help you on your way."

SysAdmin Corner: Demystifying RAID @ Techgage
     Thu, Oct 25 2012 | 11:06A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Interested in RAID, but not sure which option is right for you? The goal of this article is to clear up any confusion you may have. We discuss what RAID is, what it isn`t, potential dangers, differences between popular RAID levels and last but not least, what you need to get yourself up and running with your very own RAID."

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  10. Building a Home Theatre PC / HTPC
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  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
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  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
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  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  32. Home Networking and File Sharing
  33. How to Install: Intel Socket 775 CPU and Heatsink
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  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
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  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
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  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
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  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
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