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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

 
How to Install Windows 7
     Fri, Apr 19 2013 | 2:59P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"The next step is very important but can be delayed. Windows will want its product key entered, which is included with any legitimate install media of Windows, in one form or another. You are able to skip entering the key at this time though, as I did simply because that key is already in use for my desktop, which is also why it has been told to not attempt activation. There is a 30-day grace period to enter the key through System Properties before Windows ceases to function."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB

News: TRs April 2013 System Guide
     Wed, Apr 17 2013 | 6:39A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We`ve updated our famous system guide to account for the latest graphics cards (and their accompanying game bundles) as well as recent introductions in mechanical and solid-state storage. This time, our guide also includes the Ultrabox, a small-form-factor desktop build with ultrabook guts."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

TGT Tuning is no more with us @ Ocaholic
     Tue, Apr 16 2013 | 4:20P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just noticed that the website from TGT GmbH, the Point of View Tuning Team was down and therefore asked our contact at TGT what happened. He told us what`s going on and unfortunately we can`t publish it at this time but in short TGT went defunct, which were his actual words. This is not an April fool!"
  FULL STORY @ OCAHOLIC.CH

TIP: How to re-sync your Messenger contacts in Skype
     Fri, Apr 12 2013 | 5:28P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Upgraded to Skype and lost all of your MSN messenger contact? Here's how to fix that. PS. Don't upgrade to Skype, there's no link with Hotmail so it doesn't show new emails and the interace is pretty horrendous too

1.Sign out and quit Skype.
2.Press Windows key + R to open the Run window
3.Type %appdata%\Skype into the Run window and press enter
4.Open the folder with the same name as your Skype name
5.Delete the file called eas.db. If you have hidden file extensions it will just show as eas
6.Log back in to Skype using your Microsoft Account

  FULL STORY @ SKYPE.COM

Introducing Tweakipedia our new home to all things tweaking at TweakTown
     Thu, Apr 11 2013 | 11:54A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We are proud to announce a new section of our website dedicated to tweaks and guides, Tweakipedia"
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

Everything You Need to know about Google Keep @ ThinkComputers.org
     Tue, Apr 09 2013 | 8:01A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For many mobile users, note-taking apps and services are an indispensable tool to keep track of their schedule and tasks. In fact, Apple mobile users have long been enjoying the built-in Note feature on their devices for creating basic to-do list, while others refer to Evernote and Workflowy for more elaborate note-taking tasks. Fortunately, Google is jumping into the bandwagon. With what appears as a long overdue reply to Evernote and Apples built-in Note feature, Google has just unveiled its own note-taking service app called Keep, giving Android phone users a faster way to make and save reminders and notes."
  FULL STORY @ THINKCOMPUTERS

[Tech ARP] ActiveX Filtering In Internet Explorer 9 and 10 Kills Flash Player
     Sun, Apr 07 2013 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I recently upgraded to Internet Explorer 10 and promptly discovered something odd - Flash Player seemed to be broken. Whenever I tried to access a Flash application or video, it would tell me that an Adobe Flash Player upgrade was required. Take a look at these examples... At first, I thought that perhaps the new Internet Explorer 10 required a newer Flash Player, so I downloaded and installed Flash Player - nothing happened. I restarted Internet Explorer 10, and tried again - it still asked me to upgrade Flash Player!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

How to Enable 64-bit Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 7
     Sat, Apr 06 2013 | 4:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
For compatibility reasons, Microsoft designed IE10 to run in 32-bit mode by default - and unlike its predecessors - there isn`t an obvious option or shortcut to launch the 64-bit version. It took us a while, but we finally found a way to run IE10 in 64-bit mode."
  FULL STORY @ NGOHQ.COM

How To Install Windows 8 Guide
     Sat, Apr 06 2013 | 4:16P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Setting up your user account is different from prior versions of Windows where the account was typically local. In Windows 8 you can have it tied to your Microsoft Account, and you need it to be if you want to use the Windows Store to download and manage applications. Of course you will need an Internet connection to sign into your account, but if for some reason one is not available, you can use a local account. Local accounts are more limited in what they can do because they cannot access to the Windows Store, but if you are worried about privacy or just do not want data syncing to your Microsoft account, this is what you will want. For this guide, I chose to use a Local account."
  FULL STORY @ OVERCLOCKERSCLUB.COM

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