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    Select the audio device you're using in "Sound"...

    Select the audio device you're using in "Sound" in the control panel. Go to "Properties" > "Advanced" > "Exclusive Mode" and make sure both boxes are checked.
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    It's VERY simple!

    Save the Cursors folder (or just the cursors you want in the folder) from a XP install to a USB flash drive. Plug the flash drive into your Win 7 computer, rename the folder Cursors1 and drag it to...
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    There are several cases available now with...

    There are several cases available now with exactly what you mention and built-in filters as well. Silverstone, Corsair, Thermaltake, Rosewill, NZXT, Lian-Li and Antec come to mind at the moment. I...
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    Time to upgrade

    Personally I'd replace everything inside the case if it has 5 year old components inside. The current generation of CPU's, motherboards, GPU's, RAM and SSD hard drives are vast improvements over what...
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    AHCI Tip (also enable AHCI without doing a reinstall)

    When using AHCI for fresh Win 7 install you may have to start setup in IDE mode, install the chipset's AHCI drivers and when they system reboots during setup go into BIOS and change to AHCI. You can...
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    Deathstars

    Hitachi took over IBM's hard drive division after the infamous "Deathstar" debacle. I was building gaming machines back when the 75GXP drives were failing with regularity and had been using those...
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    RAID is your friend

    If you had been using a backup (internal or external) using RAID 1 with two drives in redundant data storage you'd still have your data. I've never seen both drives in a RAID array fail at the same...
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    Leaving Indexing and Superfetch alone with a SSD....

    Leaving Indexing and Superfetch alone with a SSD. You can enable AHCI on an existing Win 7 installation by doing this registry mod: Here is how to set AHCI up without doing a reinstall
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    Mushkin SSD's

    I've used a few Mushkin Enhanced Chronos MKNSSDCR120GB-DX SSD's in customer builds and they may be the best SSD for the $$$ at the moment. Newegg has had them on Shell Shocker deals a few times for...
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    Good SSD's

    I've been reading the performance tests, reviews and monthly ratings on Tom's Hardware for the best SSD's for the money rated every month. The current generation of Sand Force SSD's offer the best...
  11. You can't fix stupid

    I'd never install a "test" O/S on anything but a secondary box intended just for that use. If something goes wrong consider it part of the evaluation process. I've been playing with the Windows 8...
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    Samsung & Western Digital

    I'm a system builder and have been using the Samsung 1tb F3 Spinpoint HD103SJ drives for three years now without a single user failure. Before the flooding in Thailand I was getting them for $49...
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