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Beginners Guides: Virtualized Windows 8 CP Installation with Oracle VirtualBox
     Tue, Jul 24 2012 | 2:18A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Before blindly upgrading an entire office of existing PCs into the unknown, most IT departments will roll out one trial system to test the new OS. This preemptive step allows IT staff to check the OS in the existing hardware environment with the already bought-and-paid-for software. With Microsoft Windows 8, testing before a mass roll out is a particularly important step to ensure software compatibility. It's also a pretty crucial step to give yourself time to get acquainted with the drastic user interfaces Microsoft has imposed.

There are two ways to go about testing a new OS like Windows 8; 1) install the OS to a spare computer system and test away, or 2) install the OS to a virtualized PC. In this Beginners Guide, PCSTATS will show you how to create a virtual PC with Oracle VirtualBox v4.1.18 (it's free and very capable virtualization softare) and then install Windows 8 Consumer Preview to that virtual machine.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Inside the Card-That-Unlocks-All-Cable-Channels Scam @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jul 06 2012 | 9:10A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Have you ever heard of a smart card that unlocks all channels of your cable TV? This is obviously a scam, as no such device exists. Channels are locked and unlocked at the cable TV`s side, not at the customer`s side. This week a shady individual showed up at our office offering such a card. Our lab assistant winked and said, This will give an excellent article. Let`s take a look at it."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Better Power Management for your NAS
     Mon, Jul 02 2012 | 12:00P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Computing on Demand has posted a new article, 'Article: Better Power Management for your NAS' Having a NAS for your business or your home means that you have around the clock access to your data. The drawbacks to this constant availability of data is consumption. Do you really need your NAS running at non critical times? Managing your NAS more effectively can reduce your consumption and increase your sense of environmental sustainability. Whether you have a model manufactured by Thecus, Synology, QNAP, etc, there are some types of power management functions available to you.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

How to Convert Cassette Tapes to CDs or MP3 Files @ Hardware Secrets
     Fri, Jun 29 2012 | 8:02A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
So, you have a bunch of old cassette tapes that have some sentimental value to you maybe a recording of your kid when he or she was young or a recording of Nana who is no longer with us. Perhaps you want to start your own business of converting cassette tapes to digital format to make some money. In this tutorial, we will teach you how to convert old cassette tapes to CDs or MP3 files. Read on."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

Force Disk Usage Refresh
     Tue, Jun 26 2012 | 4:02P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
I can't tell you how many times I have looked at the resources page of my QNAP NAS only to be left wondering how much space I have left after some large transfers. Unfortunately, QNAP did not build in a manual refresh option for the storage on your NAS. As always, there are a couple of ways you can do this.
  FULL STORY @ COMPUTINGONDEMAND

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove AMD Socket AM3 CPU and Heatsink
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 5:05P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Installing an AMD Socket AM3 processor into a motherboard is not a difficult task, but if you've never done it before some friendly guidance is usually a good idea.

To help novice computer users who aren't entirely confident they can install an AMD CPU into a fresh motherboard, or upgrade an older socket AM3 processor, PCSTATS put together this illustrated Beginners Guide. If you are planning on building a AMD based computer anytime soon, bookmark this aritcle for future reference.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Beginners Guide: How To Install/Remove Intel Socket LGA1155 CPU and Heatsink
     Thu, Jun 21 2012 | 5:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In this straight forward Beginners Guide PCSTATS will show you all the steps to installing and removing a socket LGA1155 Intel Core i3/i5/i7 processor and heatsink. If you're planning computer build some time soon, bookmark this guide for future reference.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

 
How to Clean and Fine-Tune a Tape Deck @ Hardware Secrets
     Tue, Jun 19 2012 | 10:05A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Before we can teach you how to connect a tape deck to your PC in order for you to convert your old cassette tapes into MP3 files or CDs, we need to teach you how to clean and fine-tune it, so you will get the best audio quality. Let`s get down to it."
  FULL STORY @ HARDWARESECRETS.COM

[Tech ARP] Desktop Graphics Card Comparison Guide Rev. 24.7
     Tue, Jun 12 2012 | 3:20P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Covering 504 desktop graphics cards, this comprehensive comparison allows you to easily compare 23 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 24.7 : - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (Retail - DDR3) graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 (Retail - GDDR5) graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 (OEM) graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 (Retail) graphics card. - Added the NVIDIA GeForce GT 610 graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (OEM - GDDR5) graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (OEM - DDR3) graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 640 (OEM - 192- bit DDR3) graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 630 (Retail - DDR3) graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce GT 620 (OEM) graphics card. - Updated the specifications of the NVIDIA GeForce 605 graphics card."
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

DIY Guide: Fujitsu Lifebook P770 Memory Upgrade
     Tue, May 29 2012 | 2:21P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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There comes a point in every notebooks' lifespan when it's time to upgrade the memory. However, the more compact the notebook, the more challenging it becomes for manufacturers to place every expansion slot on the bottom of computer where they are easily accessible. With sub-notebooks in particular, this leads to expansion ports getting tucked away in areas the end user is never meant to see...

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With a little guidance from a Service Manual and equal measure of care, it's possible to perform notebook surgery and upgrade, the inaccessible!

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

News: If data can be lost it will
     Sun, May 13 2012 | 7:37A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
In his latest blog post, TR`s Geoff Gasior talks about his last brush with data loss. He also details his backup system, which involves both local and cloud-based solutions."
  FULL STORY @ TECHREPORT.COM

[Tech ARP] Hard Disk Drive Myths Debunked! Rev. 5.0
     Thu, Apr 26 2012 | 5:57P | 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 : - Added Myth #53 on a computer`s weight when information is added to the hard disk drive. - Added Myth #54 on overclocking the hard disk drive. - Added Myth #55 on dust affecting the hard disk drive and why it must be kept inside a proper PC case. We now have 55 HDD myths in this article!"
  FULL STORY @ TECHARP.COM

TechSpot PC Buying Guide
     Fri, Apr 06 2012 | 9:03A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The TechSpot PC Buying Guide offers an in-depth list of today's best hardware, spanning four unique, yet typical budgets. Whether you are a first time builder seeking guidance or a seasoned enthusiast, we have you covered. We know that one of the biggest pitfalls of buying guides is that they expire shortly after publishing as prices change and components come and go. To avoid this, we are adding and updating new hardware to the mix as it's released. All four builds -- budget, entry-level, enthusiast, and luxury -- are updated on major product launches and we'll make a biweekly pass over the components and their prices to catch anything in-between. Check out our latest refresh.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

Blackle vs. Google Monitor Power Consumption Tested
     Mon, Apr 02 2012 | 5:29P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
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Is the search page, Blackle.com, really an energy efficient alternative to Google? The theory is websites with black background save energy. PCSTATS finds out if this is a blatant green washing, or an earnest energy saving tweak for something we use every day.
  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Solving the Blue Screen of Death - Windows Biggest Error
     Fri, Mar 30 2012 | 8:21P | 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.

  FULL STORY @ PCSTATS

Configuring a Windows 8 Virtual Machine
     Sun, Mar 11 2012 | 12:03P | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
With the launch of Windows 8's Consumer Preview, you're probably itching to spend some quality time with Microsoft's latest operating system. Although you may have already downloaded the ISO, we bet some of you haven't decided how you're going to install it. Fortunately, running Windows 8 in a virtual machine solves all that: it won't remove your current OS, you can access it anytime you want without rebooting and it doesn't require any extra hardware. What's more, the test OS can be deleted in only a few mouse clicks.
  FULL STORY @ TECHSPOT

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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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