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Desktop Computer System PC Hardware Component Predictions
     Tue, Aug 06 2013 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For the past six years it has been my duty to contact product manufacturers, and arrange test samples of cutting-edge products for our review team. Since BenchmarkReviews.com started back in 2007, I have repeatedly enjoyed hands-on experience with exotic desktop PC computer components that most techies can only dream of owning. Together with my computer business, I’ve been afforded a broad view of the market, one that has given me a unique opportunity to see new trends emerge while watching old fads quietly fade away (ie: Rambus RD-RAM, OCZ NIA, HD-DVD, and various Virtual Reality gadgets). My experiences within the hardware industry have enabled me to predict where the technology is driving us with some accuracy, based on historical lessons the younger generation have forgotten. In this editorial I will explain what! could happen next in the desktop computer hardware segment, as it attempts to co-exist with a mobile mega-industry.
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS

[Tech ARP] Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! Rev. 5.1
     Sun, Jul 14 2013 | 8:21A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
This guide was written in response to the numerous fallacies about the hard disk drive that are still being propagated in many forum discussions. As you read through this guide, you may think that some of these myths may have been made up. We wished that was true. We collected these myths from various discussions we heard or read over time. So, let`s get down to basics and examine some of these common fallacies or myths and debunk them! *Here are the changes in this update : * *- Rearranged the guide to make it shorter and more readable. - Added Myth #56 on hard disk drives having an internal vacuum or low-pressure atmosphere. - Added Myth #57 on the retrieving of overwritten data by nefarious government agencies. - Updated Myth #52 on rescuing data from a dead hard disk drive by moving its platters to an identical donor hard disk drive.* *We now have 57 HDD myths in this article!*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

[Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 26.4
     Sat, Jul 13 2013 | 8:21A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Covering *547 desktop graphics cards*, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare *24 different specifications*for each and every card. If you need to find out about the specification of any card, just come over and check out our Desktop Graphics Comparison Guide. We hope it will prove to be a useful reference. We will keep this guide updated regularly so do check back for the latest updates. Here are the latest updates in Revision 26.4 : *- Added the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 770 graphics card. - Corrected the Die Size specification of the NVIDIA GeForce TITAN graphics card.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

Essential Windows 7 Tweaks: Part
     Fri, Jul 05 2013 | 12:01P | 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 and Part 2 of a multipart series, here is Part 3
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Computer Tips & Tricks Everyone Should Know
     Thu, Jul 04 2013 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Many hardcore computer users might think themselves above learning new tricks, but there's always new things to learn that will help improve your skills. Our bet: you will find at least one useful thing here that you didn't know before. We’ve compiled some of the most handy computer tricks you might not be taking advantage of. Our ultimate goal is to help you become more productive by shaving valuable seconds off your workflow. Of course, you can always pass along these tips to your not-so-savvy friends and family to help them become better PC users as well.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

What You Need To Know about the Xbox One @ ThinkComputers.org
     Wed, Jul 03 2013 | 8:21A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Microsofts Xbox Reveal event was held today at Microsofts Redmond campus. If you missed it we have all of the information on the next generation Xbox console. After months of speculation the official name of the console will be Xbox One. The Xbox One is made to be an all-in-one box that interacts with all the devices in your home theater. Microsofts Don Mattrick said the core strategy is simple, instant and complete. The Xbox One will be available later this year and will ship with a new Kinect motion camera and controller. Read on as we go over some of the new features."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Understanding Email Bounce Messages @ Hardware Secrets
     Tue, Jul 02 2013 | 8:21A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
It is very frustrating to send an email to someone and see the message bounce back. In this tutorial, we will explain the meaning of the most common bounce messages, show where the problem is located, and how to fix it."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

 
Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death
     Thu, Jun 27 2013 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"In this article PCSTATS.com will walk you through the BSOD in many of its most familiar incarnations. We will not be exploring and cataloguing what each BSOD means, but rather providing a set of tools for troubleshooting that you can use to get around any Blue Screen Of Death, or constant crash issue. Just another step in PCSTATS' never-ending quest to save your hard earned cash from going to the computer repair shop."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

HOT Raspberry Pi DIY Mini Desktop PC Build
     Fri, Jun 21 2013 | 12:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We recently set out to design mini desktop computer with the wildly popular Raspberry Pi single board computer. The Raspberry Pi is a Linux-driven, ARM processor-based micro computer that is known for its low cost and small size. People use the device for a variety of projects, from micro-servers to low cost media players. Basically our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup. One of the high level goals of this project was also to learn about programming with Linux and get a good feel for programming in the Debian interface...
  FULL STORY @ RASPBERRY

The Best Activity Trackers for Fitness @ TechReviewSource.com
     Mon, Jun 03 2013 | 10:14A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whether you`re after a full body makeover or just want to get up and move more to improve your health, these activity trackers and companion devices will help you reach your goal."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREVIEWSOURCE.COM

How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, May 28 2013 | 12:12P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Whenever I have a problem with a computer system I am working on I boot into Windows Safe Mode to see if the problem exists there. Many people use Safe Mode to troubleshoot PCs, but it Windows 8 Microsoft made it a little bit harder to boot into Safe Mode. With previous versions of Windows we would just hit F8 and be able to go right into Safe Mode. In this guide we will show you two different methods for booting into Safe Mode on Windows 8."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

Budget Hackintosh PC Build Project @ Benchmark Reviews
     Fri, May 17 2013 | 11:53A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The state of the Hackintosh continues to advance, and building one is now easier than ever. A few years ago, you had to have a high level of expertise to build and maintain a Hackintosh, and the compatibility problems were significant. Today, the available software tools are very advanced, and while there are still potential pitfalls, if you can install Windows, you can probably build a working Hackintosh. In this article I`ll show you how to build a modern Intel Ivy Bridge-based Hackintosh with PC components that are guaranteed to work."
  FULL STORY @ BENCHMARKREVIEWS.COM

Top 5 Broadband Troubleshooting Tips @ ThinkComputers.org
     Sat, May 11 2013 | 12:11P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Theres nothing more frustrating that loading your browser only to see an Address Not Found message staring back at you. Time out errors or that dreaded red X on network connection icon all signal that somethings wrong with your Internet connection. There are many reasons why your connection could be disabled so it might take some time to find and fix the problem. The following five super simple steps will help to restore your connection 95% percent of the time. If you happen to fall within that 5%, well it could be time to call your service provider. But try these tips before you do."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

[Tech ARP] The NVIDIA Control Panel Memory Leak Problem
     Tue, May 07 2013 | 2:27A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you are using an NVIDIA graphics card, you could be affected by a memory leak from a component of the NVIDIA Control Panel that is installed with every NVIDIA graphics driver. The component is NVIDIA Settings (nvtray.exe), which loads and controls the tray icon for the NVIDIA Control Panel utility. Please note that it doesn`t affect every user, but if you are affected, there doesn`t seem to be an upper limit of how much memory is leaked. People have reported it taking up as much as 2 GB of memory! We have personally seen it take up anywhere from 300 MB to over 500 MB of memory, but that is still an astounding amount of memory for a utility that uses as little as 2.3 MB of memory. In this article, we will show you how to check if nvtray.exe is leaking memory, and how to disable it if it leaks memory. Even if it just leaks a few hundred MB of memory, that is still wasted memory that could be put to better use by other software or the operating system`s disk cache."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

USB Auto Update Guide
     Thu, May 02 2013 | 11:12P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I do not actually have directories labeled `Defrag` and `Uninstall` but I did not want to name the programs I am actually excluding on my smaller drive. As you can see though, we are able to just list what we want excluded one after another. The `wlx` files were something you are unlikely to see again as the program that used them is no longer supported. Because there are no spaces in the names we do not need the quotation marks, but I use them out of habit. At this point, you should be able to go through and generate the batch file(s) you will want to use. To test the batch file(s) I suggest inserting the USB drive you want to update, making sure the destination uses its drive letter, and run the batch file with the command prompt. This way you will be able to watch as the instructions are carried out, and see if any error occurs. Also, be sure you are using `dummy` files and folders; if you accidentally setup the instructions to delete files, you will not lose anything important."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

Case Smithing: Personalized Acrylic Etching and Engraving
     Wed, May 01 2013 | 12:22P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
John Williamson aka Pwnography6 is back after a short break to bring us another guide in his Case Smithing series. This time he focuses on adding personalized acrylic etching and engraving to your case mod."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

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