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December 2012 system builders guide
     Thu, Dec 06 2012 | 9:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We have just posted up our December 2012 system builders guide. In this article we take a look at some components that can help you build a great Intel or AMD system on a modest budget. We also have a bit more fun and find out what we can get for about $1600. If you are looking to build a new PC over the holidays, take a look at our list for a few ideas.
  FULL STORY @ BCCHARDWARE

brief history of video cards: 64 GPUs tested from the last five years
     Mon, Dec 03 2012 | 11:00A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we published a rather special article. We took 64 graphics cards from the last five years, and tested each one with our current graphics benchmarks. It is quite interesting to see how each successive generation of AMD (ATI back then) and Nvidia video cards pushed performance to another level. We started with the ATI Radeon HD 3000 series and the Nvidia GeForce 8000 series, which were the first DirectX 10-compatible video cards. We picked the high-end cards from each generation, and also the mid-range ones. Surprisingly, a lot of these hold up quite well, even in today’s demanding video games. If your PC is still running on an old graphics card, now you can see exactly how much (or how little) you will gain if you buy a newer one.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

[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."
  FULL STORY @ APHNETWORKS.COM

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."
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS BEGINNERS GUIDES

Beginners Guides: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket FM1 CPU and Heatsink
     Fri, Nov 23 2012 | 9:15P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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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.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

How-to: installing Windows 8 without product key
     Fri, Nov 23 2012 | 6:21P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Installing Windows 8 is a bit different than installing the previous version of Windows. Windows 7 you could install without entering a product key, but when you install Windows 8 you are required to fill in a key right-away. For a normal installation that doesn't matter much. But if you only want to experiment with Windows 8 for testing purposes, or for any other reason only will have it installed on your computer for a brief period, then it's a different question.
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARE

Does Sinofsky's Departure Mean a Start Button for Windows 8?
     Tue, Nov 20 2012 | 4:01P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
While Microsoft claims the break is due to a personality conflict between him and other executive staff, the media backlash over the decision omit Windows’ familiar Start Button is probably a factor.
  FULL STORY @ OCMODSHOP

 
[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.*"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

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."
  FULL STORY @ TWEAKTOWN.COM

How Has Windows Search Improved Since Win2k? Hint: It Hasn’t!
     Fri, Nov 09 2012 | 1:14A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Last weekend I was feeling a bit nostalgic and fired up Windows 2000 on my home computer. Win2k has a special place in my heart. Sadly, due to planned obsolescence it's no longer possible to use this fantastic operating system with the latest software available. Be that as it may, what annoys me even more are the "improvements" made to Windows search through the years. The search box in Windows 2000 is very powerful, there are no cute animations and there are no exclusions. It's just no-nonsense search, as you would expect it to be. I'm afraid to say, Windows search has got worse, and not better over the years, 8 included.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

How to Secure Erase an SSD Easily Within Windows
     Thu, Nov 08 2012 | 9:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
If you have been frustrated with trying to wipe your SSD to a fresh state with secure erase, check out this easy method you can do in Windows easily. Works every time!
  FULL STORY @ HARDCOREWARE

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...
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  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

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."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

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."
  FULL STORY @ RAGE3D.COM

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."
  FULL STORY @ TECHGAGE.COM

How to install Windows 8 Release Preview using Oracle Virtual Box @ Rbmods
     Sun, Sep 02 2012 | 9:14A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the advent of desktop virtualization becoming more mainstream, it gives the computer enthusiasts and IT professional to test different operating systems easily. One product that is used quite often is Oracles Virtual Box. Virtual box is an open source type 2 hyper-visor that uses the hosts resources to run a virtual machine in an isolated environment. This gives the ability to test beta and release candidate operating systems without impacting your production workstation."
  FULL STORY @ RBMODS.COM

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  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
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  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
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  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
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  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
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  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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  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
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  74. Upgrading Win98 to Windows XP
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