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TechwareLabs Article: Building Computers for the Weekend Geek
     Fri, Apr 01 2011 | 4:20P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The face of personal computing is constantly changing and evolving. There are more terms out there than ever before, which makes it harder and harder to keep everything straight. Is the i7 really better than the i5? Why are some computer packages so much cheaper than others? Is that barebones computer for $300 really worth it? What should I really look for when I look at the details of a “PC Bargain”? What does all of that stuff DO anyway?? I’ll try to answer some of those questions, and in such a way that even the Weekend Geek (if there is such a thing) won’t walk away scratching their heads.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Video Frame Rates and Display Refresh Rates for Beginners Guide
     Sun, Mar 20 2011 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We hope you've been enjoying our series of Beginner's Guides for HTPC and Home Theater. As part of the series, we’ve previously discussed video resolutions and how video information is displayed on a screen for a frame of video in our guide, Video Resolutions for Beginners. What we didn’t delve into much was the rate at which video frames are captured, or, in other words, the video frame rate. This guide will cover the basics of frame rates and how displays deal with the frame rates. We’ll try to cut through the marketing buzzwords like 120Hz, 240Hz, 600Hz sub-field drive, etc. so that you can make a more informed decision when purchasing your next display and how to insure an optimal viewing experience.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Turn an HP SFF Computer Into a Great HTPC
     Sun, Mar 13 2011 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Face it, most of us like the idea of having an HTPC (Home Theater PC) hooked up to our TV. The flexibility we get with an HTPC over just a DVD player or a gaming console is enough alone to justify the cost. I have built a bunch of these for people and until recently, I have never used pre-built systems. There are many advantages to building a custom machine for your theater, but the biggest disadvantage is the cost. Lately, I have been using Small Form Factor (SFF) HP's and believe it or not... they make great HTPC's.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Beginner's Guide to HTPC Software
     Mon, Mar 07 2011 | 1:43P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Each one of these has their pros and cons. If you are using Mac OSX, you don't have many choices beyond Front Row and Plex (below). If you're using Linux, honestly you're probably not reading this guide due to limited options as well--MythTV (below as well). So that leaves Windows users . This is at least 90% of you out there, and most likely what everyone reading this is interested in. Let's take a look at some HTPC software programs and cover some of their pros and cons. By no means is this full in-depth, but should be a good starting point.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Three Steps to a Faster Computer/PC
     Mon, Feb 28 2011 | 4:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Why is My Computer So Slow? The answer is simple. . . you use it. To be brutally honest a computer requires maintenance just like a car or any other appliance that is used frequently and sometimes more so. If your computer is used by multiple people then this becomes especially true. Programs and garbage accumulate and will eventually slow even the fastest computer down to a crawl. In 90% of PC's the culprit lies with malware and useless programs running behind the scenes. Just because you are not using a program doesn't mean it is not running and taking up valuable CPU time and memory resources.
  FULL STORY @ TECHWARELABS

Beginner's Guide to HTPC: Video Resolutions
     Wed, Feb 09 2011 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Continuing our series of Beginner's Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide will take a closer look at Video Resolutions--what it means, why's it important and how to make your picture as good as possible for your particular environment. In today’s TV market, the choice of resolution is generally between 720p and 1080p with 720p displays offering a lower price. If the display receives a format that is not in its native resolution, the image is scaled to meet the native resolution. There are times when 720p displays are all that is required and this is due to the eye’s ability to resolve each line of resolution from a given distance.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death
     Mon, Feb 07 2011 | 3:23P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you've ever used Windows, chances are you've experienced the lovely shade of blue associated with the famous Windows Stop Error or 'Blue Screen of Death.' This frequent, although less so in newer operating systems, error occurs whenever Windows senses a software, hardware or driver error which will not allow it to continue operating properly. In other words, it happens all the time, for all sorts of reasons.

Often, if you're lucky, the problem will resolve itself with a simple reboot and you may never have to worry about it again. More typically though, the BSOD is a harbinger of trouble and you may find yourself faced with another and another until you throw up your hands... but all is not lost.

In this article PCSTATS will walk you through the BSOD in many of its most familiar incarnations.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
Customize the Firefox 4 Interface With These Simple Tweaks
     Wed, Feb 02 2011 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Firefox 4 is expected to bring one of the most significant stylistic overhauls that the browser has undertaken since the initial transition from the old Mozilla suite. Although the final release is still a few weeks away, we’ve already had a taste of its look and feel thanks to the eight betas pushed out so far. Firefox 4's UI is simplistic and streamlined but it has also drawn criticism for dropping elements like page titles in the title bar or simply for being too “Chrome-like.” Of course Mozilla hasn't deviated from what's made Firefox the second most used browser in the world: flexibility. Here are some quick customization tricks you can use to help you tailor Mozilla’s browser closer to your needs.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Guide to HTPC Basics
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 3:17P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Continuing our series of Guides for HTPC and Home Theater, this guide offers ten basic tips for getting your HTPC up and running smoothly. Most of these were learned the hard way, hope that sharing means you don't have to...Recording and scanning big TV files for commercials hits a drive really hard. Having at least two physical drives separates the bandwidth necessary to keep the user interface (UI) responsive and minimize the risk for glitches during recording and playback. After adding up all the traffic caused by Media Center recording and ShowAnalyzer reading back and forth in the file while you try to watch it (all potentially multiplied by the number of tuners); then add in a couple “extenders” - you’ll be glad you put the operating system (OS) on one disk and recordings on another.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

How to Enable Concurrent Sessions in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 RTM
     Mon, Jan 31 2011 | 3:10P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you've been following MissingRemote for a while, you know one of our most popular series of guides is Enabling Concurrent Remote Desktop sessions. Continuing that trend we have an updated process below working with the RTM (Official Release to Manufacturing) version of Windows7 Ultimate, Professional, Home Premium and Enterprise Editions, x86 & x64 build 7601, Service Pack Build 1130. For those unaware of what it is, enabling Concurrent Sessions allows you to Remote Desktop into a system that someone else is on, under a different user account, and access the system without kicking the user off. I, for example, use the feature to have MCE running on my Television, and then I remote into my main user account to access all my files without interrupting my MCE session. Special thanks to Mikinho for compiling the package below and making this all possible.
  FULL STORY @ MISSINGREMOTE

3 TB Hard Disk Drive Installation Guide
     Sun, Jan 30 2011 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When news first leaked about the imminent launch of the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive, it got a ton of people really excited. Everyone has been fervently awaiting the arrival of the first desktop hard disk drive to break the 2.1 TB limit that has virtually halted the growth of hard disk drive capacity for last 2 years. Although Seagate was the first to ship a 3 TB hard disk drive in an external drive - the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk, Western Digital would be the first to ship 2.5 and 3 TB internal hard disk drives that anyone can pop into their desktop PCs. However, Western Digital had to rely on a workaround to get the new drives to work with current motherboads, resulting in some limitations...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

How to Buy a Desktop PC
     Fri, Jan 28 2011 | 2:32P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“Does your desktop PC take so long to start up you have time to go get a cup of coffee—and drink it? Tried installing the latest game only to find out your graphics card is six generations too old to play it? Or maybe you just want to take advantage of the speed and reliability of operating systems like Microsoft Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. If any of these are true, then it is time for you to buy a new desktop PC. And we can help you do it.”
  FULL STORY @ BUYING

Windows 7 Tips: Energy Efficiency Report Tool
     Wed, Jan 19 2011 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Did you know that Windows 7 has tools on board in order to determine energy efficiency problems? This is very simple, we show you how.
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKING

Essential Windows 7 Tweaks
     Tue, Jan 18 2011 | 7:33P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Every person has different tastes when it comes to their installation of Windows. Through the years that have been many things that I do right off the bat when getting my install "just right". In the XP days, the first thing I would do was to stretch the taskbar, enable Quick Launch, add an address bar, unlock it, then move those around a bit. If my taskbar wasn't set up this way, I HATED IT... in fact, I would move other people's around when I worked on their computers! Windows 7 is no different for me, however, the list isn't as exhaustive yet. We covered Part 1 earlier and this is part 2 of a multipart series.
  FULL STORY @ ESSENTIAL

How to Switch from a PC to a Mac
     Tue, Jan 11 2011 | 1:13P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
“They finally wore you down. Your friends' and co-workers' tales of the MacOS –an operating system with such elegance that anyone could master it, so safe that viruses barely exists, and with powers and abilities far beyond those of, well, Windows—have convinced you to switch. You've decided to "think different" and become a Mac user. Here are the things to consider and steps to take as you make a big change to your computing lifestyle.”
  FULL STORY @ MISCELLANEOUS

3 TB Hard Disk Drive Installation Guide
     Fri, Jan 07 2011 | 12:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
When news first leaked about the imminent launch of the Western Digital Caviar Green 3 TB hard disk drive, it got a ton of people really excited. Everyone has been fervently awaiting the arrival of the first desktop hard disk drive to break the 2.1 TB limit that has virtually halted the growth of hard disk drive capacity for last 2 years. Although Seagate was the first to ship a 3 TB hard disk drive in an external drive - the Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk, Western Digital would be the first to ship 2.5 and 3 TB internal hard disk drives that anyone can pop into their desktop PCs. However, Western Digital had to rely on a workaround to get the new drives to work with current motherboads, resulting in some limitations...
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP

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  23. Ergonomics & Computers
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  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
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  28. Forgotten Passwords & Recovery Methods
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  30. Fundamentals of Upgrading a PC
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  37. How to Install: AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
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  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
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  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
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  55. Overclocking the Videocard
  56. Preventing Data Theft from a Stolen Laptop
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  58. Quick Guide for Eliminating Spyware and Hijacker Software
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  60. Registry: Backups, Repairs, and Protection
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  63. Safe Mode in Windows Vista For Crash Recovery
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