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    After confirming the old Athlon motherboard is...

    After confirming the old Athlon motherboard is dead i've ordered a replacement. The one i mentioned before which costs $69.99 is, upon closer inspection, limited to 2 x SATA II ports. A similar but...
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    Speaking of broke my old Athlon 64 3000+ PC no...

    Speaking of broke my old Athlon 64 3000+ PC no longer has any display when powered on. Amidst the tedium of troubleshooting that problem i checked out the cost of replacing it with something more...
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    Thanks rstew. i considered swapping out her E6750...

    Thanks rstew. i considered swapping out her E6750 for a quad-core once but, after spending an afternoon playing around on her system and talking with her we decided against it. She has a 96GB...
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    Almost forgot. Here's an old article that makes...

    Almost forgot. Here's an old article that makes for interesting reading:
    http://techreport.com/review/15967/exploring-the-impact-of-memory-speed-on-core-i7-performance/8
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    At home we have a Core i7 with RAM running in...

    At home we have a Core i7 with RAM running in triple-channel configuration and also a Core i5 running dual-channel. There are several differences in the two systems which may skew the results of any...
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    i also rely on an old firewall. Whenever i want...

    i also rely on an old firewall. Whenever i want to go on the internet my wife takes up a position between the cable modem and the computer. In her hand is a large frying pan. At the first sign of...
  7. Thanks for the information. I haven't yet played...

    Thanks for the information. I haven't yet played with Windows speech recognition so the macro you included looks a bit complicated. I need to have a go with the basics of WSR then maybe i can ask...
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    My GF's PC is also an older Core2Duo Socket 775...

    My GF's PC is also an older Core2Duo Socket 775 from around 2007 that was running too warm. i added a front air intake fan and installed SpeedFan, then set both front and rear fans to run at 50% as...
  9. Voice recognition for selecting music tracks to play on Windows?

    Hi, everyone. Reading another thread here about using Windows 7 speech recognition it occurred to me how convenient it would be to choose what music to play from our ripped-to-pc music collection...
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    Check out PriceBlink extension for Chrome. At...

    Check out PriceBlink extension for Chrome. At home we use it to keep up with the lowest price for tech items. Example: you go to look at an SSD at Newegg.com. A couple of seconds after the web page...
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    Well, guys, that page says the product costs $199...

    Well, guys, that page says the product costs $199 which is incorrect. Try this page instead: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA29P1EC5222&cm_re=SAMSUNG_840_EVO-_-20-147-248-_-Product
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    As far as i know, any external hard drive with a...

    As far as i know, any external hard drive with a USB connector should work just fine when connected to a router's USB port. And, it gives any computer on your LAN (home network) access to data stored...
  13. Try uninstalling IE 11. Then run CCleaner. Then...

    Try uninstalling IE 11. Then run CCleaner. Then install IE11 afresh.
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    Windows 8.1 Help and Support files on your new...

    Windows 8.1 Help and Support files on your new computer contain some tips on navigating your way in 8.1. Also Microsoft has 8 or 8.1 free tutorials online. Just do a search for Windows 8.1 tutorial...
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    Benn using Slim PDF for about a year. Very small...

    Benn using Slim PDF for about a year. Very small install with no frills. Just opens PDFs so you can read them!
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    Here's a different suggestion. Use Chrome browser...

    Here's a different suggestion. Use Chrome browser and get the extension (i.e. browser add-on) called Awesome Screenshot. This extension allows you to capture an "entire webpage", no matter how long...
  17. Irfanview's "Resampling" feature is a good way to...

    Irfanview's "Resampling" feature is a good way to enlarge photos, offering better quality than "Resizing". And, you can enlarge (or shrink) by choosing a percentage change (%) in size, or type in the...
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    There are some very helpful video tutorials on...

    There are some very helpful video tutorials on Youtube and elsewhere that show how to easily (and carefully) remove the cpu's heatsink/fan and how to apply fresh thermal compound. Do a Google search...
  19. Yup, AVAST Free is pretty good. They have more...

    Yup, AVAST Free is pretty good. They have more little popup messages these days urging us to upgrade, but you can minimise the annoyance. Somewhere in AVAST's settings there's a window where you can...
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    One possibility is that your Cisco Linksys E4200...

    One possibility is that your Cisco Linksys E4200 router has a component or two inside which is periodically overheating, thus causing a loss of internet until those components cool down a little...
  21. EaseUS ToDo Free version is the one we've been...

    EaseUS ToDo Free version is the one we've been using for several years on our laptops and PCs. It does a great job and it's very easy to use with its step-by-step wizard. We also use Windows built-in...
  22. Yes, encrypting before erasing is an excellent...

    Yes, encrypting before erasing is an excellent idea and, depending on the amount of data involved and cpu power, encrypting may be much quicker than doing multiple over-writes of the data.

    Really...
  23. You can overwrite free space on an SSD using the...

    You can overwrite free space on an SSD using the 1-pass method of CCleaner or other "eraser" programs. The truly secure way is to use "Secure Erase" command which wipes all data on an SSD in about 2...
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    At home we use Google Chrome browser. The most...

    At home we use Google Chrome browser. The most popular free "extension" is called AdBlock and it's very effective. (Sometimes you may be on a webpage where you want to allow a popup, and it allows...
  25. zimmerlip said: "Loading Photoshop requires one...

    zimmerlip said:
    "Loading Photoshop requires one to sit there for almost a minute reading the names from the Adobe phone book while one's computer thinks about whether or not to let you use it."
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