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Understanding and Tweaking Windows Services
     Sat, Jul 01 2023 | 3:04A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Every modern operating system needs to run certain processes constantly, regardless of what other programs and operations are currently active and regardless of what the user may be doing. These background processes may be used to detect new hardware, monitor the network for incoming data, or a variety of other things that require the operating system to pay constant attention to its surroundings.

In Windows, these background processes are called Services and they will be the topic of this edition of PCSTATS always handy, never quite printable (we're working on it!), popular Beginner's Guides. We're going to look at what the Windows Services are and do, why they are necessary, which ones should be running on your system and which ones you can do without.


99 Performance Tips for Windows
     Sat, Jul 01 2023 | 2:48A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

Newest Update! PCSTATS covers all the TechTips you need to push a Windows XP PC from sluggish to quick. This Guide deals with quicker boot times, making your current hardware work faster, and 99 other Tips from PCSTATS that will help you make your computer run better, quicker, and more efficiently!

PCSTATS will also cover the basics of overclocking the processor, memory and video card, so as not to miss out on this important area of extra performance potential. Please pay special attention to our 'Tweak Insurance' tips at the beginning of this guide to help you prepare your system against any potential mishaps.


The Blue Screen of Death & Crash Recovery Guide
     Sat, Jul 01 2023 | 2:47A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

The Blue Screen of Death, or more properly the 'Windows stop message' occurs when Windows detects a problem or error from which it cannot recover. The operating system halts and diagnostic information is displayed on a blue screen. In newer versions of the operating system, the contents of the PC's memory are dumped to a file for later analysis.

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.


Hard Drive Data Recovery Beginners Guide
     Sat, Jul 01 2023 | 2:46A | Beginners Guides | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF

If you've been using computers for a decent amount of time there is a good chance someone has told you that data stored on a hard drive is not exactly safe. I'm here to assure you that this is indeed true.

Never mind the fact that unlike tapes or CDs or other methods of storage, hard drives are mechanical, active devices and are thus subject to comparatively rapid breakdown.

No, the real threat to hard drives are the people that use them, by which I mean you and me. This Guide also deals with recovering deleted formatted information. 


SteelSeries Apex 3 Water Resistant Gaming Keyboard Review
     Sat, Mar 07 2020 | 9:03A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
" Writing an entire article on the Apex 3 was a really easy task thanks to the higher actuation point and we did not make any mistakes like on the regular high-speed gaming-only keyboards. This is a good point to recommend when using the keyboard in corporate offices as well: the new SteelSeries domes are silent, while the full-size layout allows usage when working with lots of numbers. For mainstream, casual gamers the Apex 3 is a joy to use and we have tested it to confirm in games such as MK11, Dying Light, Bayonetta and Project Torque. Competitive gamers will always steer to the high-end segment and especially to the MX Speed switches, that allow lightning-fast response when actuated. "

Cherry MX Board 5.0
     Sat, Mar 07 2020 | 9:02A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
We expand our coverage of Cherry first-party keyboard offerings with a detailed look at the MX Board 5.0. With five switch options and a fairly unique ergonomic perspective via a wrist rest (yes, you read it right), the MX Board 5.0 is a 108-key unit that has white backlighting and onboard controls, too.

CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock Review
     Sat, Mar 07 2020 | 9:01A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Is the USB-C Pro Dock from CalDigit the best bang for your buck? Join us as we investigate in our review."

TerraMaster TD2 Thunderbolt 3 2-bay DAS Review
     Sat, Mar 07 2020 | 9:00A | Peripherals | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
TerraMaster’s TD2 Thunderbolt 3 is a 2-bay DAS (Direct-Attached Storage) drive aimed at professional users and, as the name suggests comes with a pair of Thunderbolt 3 interfaces. TerraMaster’s TD2 Thunderbolt 3 looks just like a 2-bay NAS with the obvious exception that the TD2 comes with a very useful carrying handle. The enclosure is built from aluminium which along with the 80mm smart fan helps to keep the unit cool.

Lenovo HT10 True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds Review
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:39P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The HT10 True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds by Lenovo are aimed towards consumers on a tight budget looking to get the best bang for the buck.

Thrustmaster eSwap Pro Controller Review
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:38P | Games | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Today we test at OCinside.de the top controller from the extensive gamepad collection of Thrustmaster. In comparison we are testing the original controllers from Microsoft Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3. What makes this Thrustmaster eSwap Pro game controller different from thousands of other products on the market and where its strengths can be found is explained in the following review including YouTube video and 360 degree view.

Orico GV100 1TB Portable NVMe SSD Review
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:38P | Hard Drives/SSD | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Orico surprises with its GV100 1TB portable NVMe SSD. Join us as we take a look at this new drive and what it's all about."

AMD 5nm Zen 4 EPYC CPUs And Radeon Instinct GPUs To Power El Capitan Supercomput
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:37P | CPU / Processors | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
AMD just announced today a design win in conjunction with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), win which it will be providing the hardware powering the El Capitan exascale-class supercomputer. What caught our eye about this announcement was not the compute performance -- which will be enormous

Millitronic HIVE Wireless Docking Kit
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:36P | Notebooks | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
Wireless AD networks came and went without as much as a buzz in the consumer space, and yet there is more here to see before completely dismissing it. Millitronic certainly agrees, with their HIVE wireless docking station able to connect a laptop to an external display wirelessly at low latency, while adding some more tricks on top.

Acer bracing for PC market slowdown
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:16P | Business / Industry | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
"With demand for notebooks continuing sliding, Acer is pushing to enhance its PC offerings, and remains aggressive in developing new businesses, according to company chairman Jason Chen.

For the PC business, Acer is now primarily focusing on improving its existing competitiveness and cooling technologies. The company earlier terminated its money-losing handset and tablet product lines, and is now eyeing for a business transformation and seeking growth momentum for its emerging businesses.

Commenting on the coronavirus outbreak, Chen pointed out that the outbreak's impact on the IT supply chain is weakening, but Acer will continue monitoring closely the supply chain's status and will push to land more orders in a bid to satisfy deferred demand after the outbreak is contained."


MSI Radeon RX 5500 XT GAMING X Review
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:10P | Video Cards | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
MSI puts its usual GAMING X and TWIN FROZR 7 magic on AMD's new mid-range Radeon RX 5500 XT. Check out our full review here."

Philips Performance Wireless TAPH805BK Bluetooth Headset Review
     Fri, Mar 06 2020 | 3:09P | Audio / Sound | PermaLink
Posted by: STAFF
The Philips Performance Wireless TAPH805BK are wireless headphones with battery life that will knock your socks off, but the sound quality has a lot of room for improvement.

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Newest Update! Take control of Windows with help from PCSTATS. We've got 99 ways to squeeze out better performance, enhance boot times, free up hard drive space and trim away Windows's fat.
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  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
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  13. Converting Videotape Into Video Files
  14. Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
  15. Creating a Weblog / Blog
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  20. Downgrading Windows Vista Back To Windows XP
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  22. Encryption and Online Privacy
  23. Ergonomics & Computers
  24. Flashing a Video Card BIOS
  25. Flash Memory Data Recovery and Protection
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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
  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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