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Configuring a LAN party network @ LanOC Reviews
     Mon, Sep 12 2011 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Nearly five years ago when we hosted our first LAN party we had no idea what to expect or any idea on how much it would grow in the future. Research online as far as what other LAN?s were using was one of the most helpful things. Because of that, as we prep for our 10th event I wanted to give everyone a look behind the scenes at our network. This should help give you an idea of what to start with if you plan on growing in the future."
  FULL STORY @ LANOC.ORG

How-To Build a Quiet Ultimate Gaming PC guide
     Tue, Sep 06 2011 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Building computer systems can be a slightly confusing to those that have never seen or worked with computer hardware. Bjorn3D has teamed up with AcousticPC to bring you a half-hour complete overview of what you will need to build your next quiet high-performance gaming system. Today's How-To Guide will start off with a basic overview of all the hardware we will be using to put together our gaming system. Our goal was to build a gaming system that will have a very low acoustic level, meaning that while we will be using some of the latest and most powerful hardware on the market, we will also make sure that our system is as quiet as possible. Next, we will take a look at how to put together the complete gaming system. And finally, at the end of our how-to video, we'll take a look at how the system performs in some of the latest games on the market, including Metro 2033, which is one of the most demanding games even for new gaming systems. While we perform our testing, we will also test how loud the system gets during full load. But before we jump right ahead to the hardware and the installation, let's get a better understanding of proper cooling.
  FULL STORY @ BJORN3D

Server Setup Guide
     Tue, Aug 30 2011 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"Hardware is one of the most important items in building a server, regardless of its overall purpose. Without enough power or memory to run the necessary applications, the server would subsequently be useless. Depending on its intended usage, however, the hardware may vary slightly. It is often a good idea to sit down and create a plan beforehand. Personally, I live by a rule of thumb that purchasing more than needed is better than having the server become congested or even fail when it is needed the most. For this guide, I will be putting together two different types of servers. The first will be a gaming server, designed to host multiple instances of LAN-based games. The second will be a file/web server, intended to back up data and make items accessible from any computer in a network. As always, hardware can vary depending on your needs; this is just a general overview of a configuration that I would use, based on the available hardware that I have on hand. Keep in mind that any computer can function as a server as long as the necessary software is installed. Therefore, you may even have old parts that can be reused for your server."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases eBook
     Mon, Aug 15 2011 | 9:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"We are very happy to announce that TweakTown's very first eBook is live and now on sale. It is titled "TweakTown's Ultimate Guide to PC Cases" and was written by our very own case and cooling expert Chad Sebring. The extensive book goes into detail about all things cases and which is the best to buy and much more."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN

How to Overclock Your Computer 101
     Sat, Aug 13 2011 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Even amongst computer hardware enthusiasts, overclocking is a subject that is not always completely understood. At the most basic level, overclocking is merely making hardware such as the CPU or RAM run at clock speeds that are above stock. This allows the user to achieve an increase in performance without spending extra money on faster parts. Follow our guide and learn the basics about overclocking.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Beginners Guide to Installing Windows 7
     Mon, Aug 08 2011 | 3:45P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you wanted to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 7 or just do a fresh install and don't know where to start? Running Windows 7 can be a huge time saver, and, in many cases, will run much faster on the computer you already own, with not much required. Maybe a memory upgrade to give your computer a little more speed. The computer may not be the fastest one on the block, for more speed you need at least two GB of RAM for basic computing.
  FULL STORY @ BEGINNERS

Beginners Guides: 99 Performance Tips and Tweaks for Windows Vista
     Sat, Jul 30 2011 | 9:35P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Most of the following tips emphasize increasing the responsiveness and speed of Windows Vista, whether on a new computer or an old computer that has migrated from Windows XP to Microsoft's new operating system. Whether you are looking for desktop performance, quicker boots and shutdowns, better gaming or more battery life for your Vista powered laptop, there's something in this Performance Tips for Windows Vista Guide from PCSTATS to help.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
How to Change the Shutdown Button
     Mon, Jul 25 2011 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you’re like me, then you rarely actually shut down your computer. Even though I have fast RAIDed SSDs that can cold-boot Windows in less than 20 seconds, I always have lots of tasks open at once to get my work done. It would be a severe pain to have to re-open all of my Excel spreadsheets, notes, graphic files, and web pages back to the state that I had them the day before, so I usually just put my PC to sleep. Unfortunately, the default function of the Windows power button is to shut down the PC. Forcing Sleep mode requires a few extra button clicks. First you have to click on the arrow to the right of the “Shut Down” button and then select “Sleep”. That’s just a pain in the ass when I just want to walk away from my PC for a few hours without unnecessarily heating up my office.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

Everything You Need to Know About the SPDIF Connection
     Tue, Jul 19 2011 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"SPDIF, also written as S/PDIF, stands for Sony/Phillips Digital Interface, and is an interface to transmit digital audio. In this tutorial, we will explain everything you need to know about this interface, including when and how to use it."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS

Futurelooks? Overview of INTEL Smart Response Plus Tips and Tricks For Successful Setup
     Wed, Jun 29 2011 | 11:49P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Futurelooks pops together an overview plus some very important tips and tricks for users on setting up INTEL Smart Response ... *Futurelooks? Overview of INTEL Smart Response Plus Tips and Tricks For Successful Setup (Video)* One of the coolest new features of INTEL?s Z68 Platform is called Intel Smart Response Technology (ISR). Found only on Z68 motherboards, ISR offers the benefits of SSD technology with smaller and more affordable drives. This is something that Intel will continue to offer in future chipsets. Our video above helps define what ISR is and how it works. * * *"
  FULL STORY @ FUTURELOOKS.COM

Boxee Box 1.1 Update Woes
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:50P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I have a strong love/hate relationship with the Boxee Box. On one hand it is one of the best video appliances that integrates both online media with a great video streamer. Additionally it integrates well with social media such as Facebook and other online accounts, has Netflix support, and has a great interface. When compared to a Home Theater Computer running XBMC or even an online-capable Blu-ray player, Boxee falls a little short in a few areas. The Boxee box has a few major problems for media enthusiasts. For one, it can be severely slow, and has been prone to more crashes than a HTPC (I have to reboot the unit once every few days). So I, like many other Boxee users, couldn't wait to install the new 1.1 firmware that was released a few days ago.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

How To Fix The PCI Express x1 Bug
     Mon, May 16 2011 | 3:46P | 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.
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

Beginners Guides: Understanding and Creating Batch Files
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS is going to walk you through one of the simplest but potentially most powerful ways to customize and simplify the management of your computer: batch files. These text files are easy to create, and only as complex as you want them to be, but they can perform many useful operations from file backups to system configuration quickly and automatically.

At their simplest, batch files are text files which execute one or more command prompt commands in a specific order. The power of a batch file lies in the way that it allows you to combine multiple commands into one batch file 'program' and customize the way that each command operates.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows XP Safe Mode Explained
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Like a lot of the people in the computer hardware journalism business, many of us here at PCStats got our start working tech at a computer store. Now if you've ever done technical support, you know the inherent difficulty of trying to troubleshoot a problem over the phone, especially when the customer is a computer novice. A lot of our work on the various Beginner's Guides can be directly attributed to our desire to make everyone's life easier by providing basic computer know-how in an easy to access form both here, and in the PCstats Newsletter.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Windows Command Prompt
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:40A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Back in the heyday of text-based operating systems like Unix and DOS, the command prompt was the operating system, and not knowing how to use it meant that you could not really use your system without someone experienced in computing holding your hand. This was the era of computing clubs, when getting to grips with your computer required some serious devotion and learning. When the most successful graphical operating systems, the various Apple Mac and Windows incarnations came along, they triggered a massive increase in the popularity of computers by simplifying the whole process of using them. No longer did users have to memorize reams of commands in order to simply configure and navigate around their computers.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guides: Diagnosing Bad Hard Drives
     Sun, May 01 2011 | 9:31A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The hard drive is the single most important device behind the mass acceptance of personal computers in the home and workplace. The ability to save significant amounts of data within a computer itself, rather than being forced to place it on external media finally fulfilled the potential that the PC had never quite lived up to, at least as a business tool. Hard disk storage ability has increased massively since the early days of the technology, and will likely continue to increase in the future as drive's cost per megabyte of storage drops equally fast. Unfortunately, the underlying technology of hard drives has changed little in the years since their invention, meaning that their essential weakness still exists. The simple fact is that hard disks are mechanical devices with moving parts, and as such, will fail eventually and inevitably.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

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The best Guides by the best writers on the internet; PCstats Beginners Guides explain computers, software, and all those other wonderful things that cause you frustration.

Learn how to use your computer better, master the internet while protecting yourself, and know what to do when your hard drive kicks the bucket.

  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
  82. Wireless Home Networking
  83. Wireless Network Security
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