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Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

Question: Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

Ok, I am basically new here and have a system I built in the middle of 2007. I am trying to see if it is viable to upgrade any of the components to make it a little more competitive for the rest of this year, but I don't know that there is much I can do with it without buying multiple components.

I have:

MSI AM2 Athlon 64/X2, PC6400 mem. capable motherboard
4600+ Athlon X2
NVIDIA 9600GT 512mb
2 gb PC6400 DDR2

I am currently running 64 bit Windows 7, and despite 2gb of memory it runs well.

Basically, I don't know if there is much that can be done with this. It's kind of stuck where it is. I could get a little faster dual core X2 processor, but I don't know that it would make much of a difference. Obviously a quad core CPU would require a new motherboard and CPU, so might as well do that with a whole new computer build. I could upgrade to 4gb of dual channel memory, but I don't know that games/programs would utilize it enough to be worth it. Video card wise, I have a 19" 1280 x 1024 monitor, so I whether or not a better video card would get a huge difference in framerate at that resolution I'm not sure.

I am primarily looking at this in regards to games like Bioshock 2, etc. coming out this year. I would just like to run those newer games a little better for this year until I anticipate building a new system in 2011. I have heard a lot of people say that 4gb of memory isn't totally used by most applications yet. I have heard that unless you do a major processor upgrade (like dual core to quad) it's not going to make much of a difference. Also, it seems that newer NVIDIA GTX/GTS cards really shine at higher resolutions, not where I am at.

Are any of these major components worth doing anything to, or should I just leave this system as is and replace the whole thing in the future?

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Preferred Solution: Possible reasonable upgrades for my 2 year old system?

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It's time to have a small upgrade on my 6 year system; it served me very well and I rarely had any issues. I'm just looking forward to get most out of it, currently it has these components:

Motherboard : Albatron KX600
Processor : AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (1.8 MHz)
Videocard : GeForce FX 5200 (256 MB)
RAM : 2x 512MB
Power Supply : Antec SL400 400W

The MoBo has its integrated network adapter, and sound card, and I have no problem with either. Unfortunately, it does not support PCI-e cards.

I mainly use it to play games like WoW or Counter-strike with all the effects on lowest. Its main function over the time devolved into just playing games as I work and watch DVDs mainly on my laptop.

I've recently observed more problems in crowded instances when playing WoW, and also I'm looking forward to play a little more graphically advanced games (not the most high-end ones, though). I think, a system with a 2.4+ MHz CPU and 2 GB with a decent 2-3 year old GPU should do fine.

However, I'm very low on budget (100$-150$) and I don't need additional component upgrades/replacements such as a new soundcard and a network adapter, therefore I'm thinking perhaps I should keep my MoBo and CPU intact and just go for GPU and RAM upgrades.

1) Should I upgrade my GPU and RAM with a Radeon HD4650 1GB/128MB AGP (around 75$) and a 2x 1GB DDR 400 SDRAM (around 45$), how much of a bottleneck will my CPU cause ... Read more

Answer:A 6+ year old system requires some upgrades

Can I just say, I wouldn't be updating this old machine
I read all through your post and the dollar amounts, I was about to say get Ram, but thought, you are better with a more modern machine with PCI-Express and Core 2 Duo at least.

Save up and sell your computer (completely) and get a new (or newer) computer

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Whats up people??

Im looking for a little advice for upgrades. Ive spent months looking at stuff (mainly newegg) and am just trying to get a feel for what upgrades i need.

Currently i have:
XP home
AMD XP2000+ Stock cooling
MSI KT3 Ultra Mobo
Geforce Fx5700LE 256mb (agp)
1gb kingston SDram ddr333 lat:2.5
60gb HD
80GB HD (linux) Dual boot SUse 10
2 x lite-on CD-RW
Thermaltake 430w Power Supply

I old. I want to upgrade to an AMD 64 bit 3800 single core. Are they stable? Ive heard great things about the 3200 but i want that little bit of extra in the PC.

A new shiny processor needs a new MoBo: Any particular brand stand out above all the rest. I used to have a Soyo but i dont see them around anymore. My MSI runs great, only issue was the dumb chip set fan but i replaced that with a fanless heat sink so its fine.

Im not currently looking at SLI beacuse i dont have the money for two cards and single mobos are cheaper...however i noticed that to get newer/fancy features on the mobo you have to get SLI.

And Finally, Im looking for a Video Card. Amazingly enough i can play BF2, only at the low defaults...but i can!!! Ive kinda fallen out of touch with what video cards are the best and which to buy. Ive always had Geforce Chips (original first comp and a GF4 mx420 64mb) I dont mind spending about $200 on the new card, just so long as its stable, cool, and will stay with the gameing curve for a few years.

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Answer:4 year old PC needs upgrades

Here're some parts I like.

Abit AN8 SLI motherboard (yeah you said you didn't want sli, but this one is still pretty cheap). I see that you like "silent computing" so this should be a nice fit, since it has a fanless/heatpipe cooling unit on the chipset.

Amd a64 3500+, nice bang for the buck.

Gigabyte Silent 7600gt Pci-e. Fast, and it's quiet too.

I'd recommend either getting a 1GB or 2GB kit of memory, so you get a matched pair of memory to use in dual channel mode, which is somewhat faster. Lower cas is better, look for cas 2 or 2.5.

I guess scythe is ok, haven't heard anything bad about them.

Might want to consider power supplies as well, I like antec, fsp group, ocz, enermax, seasonic, etc. Some newer antecs have two fans, but only use one fan if the temp is cool, which makes it quieter.

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I have an eMachines ET1331-02 desktop. (Yes, VERY outdated, but can't get a new one, don't ask why.)

I do quite a bit of gaming and need to be able to run many applications at the same time. Can I get recommendations of upgrade paths?

Answer:Need MAJOR upgrades for my 3+ year old computer

The machine is quite weak since it only has a dual core CPU. This will limit you when it comes to gaming and running many applications. What you can do though if you dont want to get a new machine is upgrade the graphics driver to the latest one supporting your old Geforce 6150SE chipset >>here<<. You can also upgrade your ram to the max it can take. You can use this tool to help determine how much and what RAM to purchase. I also recommend possibly clean installing Windows (wiping it completely and starting from scratch) since that usually gives a nice performance boost. You can check out how to do a clean install here. Keep in mind, if you upgrade from 4GB to something more, you will need a 64bit OS, or else the OS cannot take advantage of the extra RAM. You can download a legitimate copy from here. You can use the Windows 7 key pasted on your machine.

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My Computer recently broke down to an irreparable level, this could not have come at a worse time since I will be cash strapped for the next 6 or so months. Though I have found an AMD Athlon 3800+ X2 system for sale for only $125AUD. Pretty much a barebones system with XP SP2, I can swap my hard drives and Graphics card to this computer.

The question I'm wondering is, due to my non-experience with AMD, I'm not sure how it will handle compared to my other ancient system.

Main uses for the computer were: Browsing, Photo-editing, Occasional Video-Editing and some light Gaming(Crysis/COD/Oblivion, only with settings set to medium and not planning to purchase any more graphic intensive games) Not sure if this computer will handle them.

Oh and incase this post doesn't already show the specs for my last computer, the basics were.

Pentium D 2.8GHz Processor
320GB Hard Drive
160GB OS Hard Drive
250 Watt PSU (Yes I know, very bad considering the video card)
Asus ATI Radeon 4670

Answer:Reasonable cheap upgrade for fried Pentium D system?

Sure, it'd work fine; you'll need to reformat though.

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I have a brand new W530 with the 500 GB HD -- 445 GB actual total space in C: ("Windows7_OS"), including about 85 GB of OS, pre-installed applications, and Lenovo bloat-ware).  I plan to create a separate user-data partition by stealing space from the OS partition, call it E:, and to re-direct user Documents, Pictures, etc. directories plus the Outlook PST file there.  Thus C: will be reserved mainly for Windows, Page File, Crash Dump, Restore Points, and new software installation. Any thoughts about a reasonable division of drive space between these two partitions?  Coming from Windows XP 32bit on a much smaller HD, I have little idea what to expect in terms comfortable space requriements for Windows 7 64bit.  (I realize I can re-size the partitions later, but it seems best to start with realistic allocations...) -- JCW2


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Answer:What is a Reasonable Tradeoff Between System and Data Space in Windows 7 64bit?

It is hard to comment without some idea how the machine will be used. Some applications are not very well behaved and install on the c: drive regardless of what you do. Some functions, like the briefcase functions in windows 7 are harder to get off c:, although it can be done. (I got it right the second time I tried) If you share files using briefcase, you end may up with most of your data on c:. I decided I wanted to boot from an SSD, but I needed more data, so I put in a 256GB mSATA drive and moved my boot partition there. I used my entire HD for data. That worked out well for me.

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Question: system upgrades


ime looking to upgrade my system was hopeing someone could give me an idea as wot to upgrade

ive allreadey put a 80gig seagate harddrive in and put some more memory but dosent seem to have made much more speed

system specs are attached.

i dont think i will be able to afford a new pentium at the moment so would be looking for a motherboard that will run a pentium 2 for now

Answer:system upgrades

Sorry, I don't think there is much more you could do to your system so that you would notice an increase in performance. Your MOBO may support a 333 Mhz CPU if you could find one, or try more RAM.

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Question: System Upgrades

I'm the kind of person who built their own computer and is constantly "frankensteining" new parts into it a little bit at a time. Before I can do any more upgrades, though, I need to get a new PSU. Right now I'm running an Athlon 64 X2 3800+ with a GeForce 7600GS 512MB, 2GB of RAM, as well as a 250GB SATA drive and a 40GB IDE. My PSU is 500W.

My first question is this - I eventually plan on sticking an 8800 in there, definitely a new processor as well, probably an X2 6000+ or maybe an equivalent Core 2, and maybe a third hard drive. I know I need to upgrade my PSU first - will a 750W be enough, or would I need 800W+ to run something like that?

Second, what would be the best upgrade for gaming purposes? I was thinking the video card should be next, but maybe a new CPU might be a little more cost-effective. I'm likely going to buy a new motherboard no matter which CPU I pick (my current one sucks), so would it be better to switch over to Intel since I'm buying a board either way? I looked over some tech specs and it looks like the 6000+ outperforms Intels of the same price range.

If anyone could take a few minutes to answer one (or all) of these questions for me, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

Answer:System Upgrades

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Question: System OS upgrades

What OS upgrade can I use on this system?
Toshiba L305-S5945 Vista HP 2 gig RAM I think that is max RAM on here.

Answer:System OS upgrades

Toshiba has drivers for Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 for this model. You could probably install Windows 10 as well. Since you only have 2GB of RAM it is suggested to install 32Bit version of Windows. Maximum supported RAM for this model is 4GB, So you can replace the 2 X 1GB sticks with 2x 2GB sticks

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Question: System Upgrades

Hello y'all

I have been saying I was going to do it, so now I have!

I ordered these components from Newegg 12 June (yesterday).
Today I received conformation that the order was packed and tracking
numbers were issued, shipping from two different origins.

EVGA 1GB 9600GT - OCZ 700W PSU - HANNS-G 22" LCD Monitor to go with my 47" 1920x1080P Monitor/TV

The monitor will be here Tuesday the GFX Card & PSU will be here Wednesday!
I would really like to install the PSU myself; any suggestions?
All comments welcome.

Thanks to all!

Later Ted

Answer:System Upgrades

Congrats !
Enjoy ur new stuff !
Altho i dont think 1GB really matters on the 9600GT ?

Installing PSU is quite easy BUT if you've never done it i suggest you take a snapshot or something of the current PSU connections and then install the new one accordingly
(Dunno about the OCZ but some Manufacturers do not provide a manual for installation)

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Hi all SF users

Basically im wondering if theres any upgrades i can do that are worth doing on my old system as it generally does everything i want it to but wondered what else i could add to it to extend the life a little

Note 1 : This is an ACER OEM PC

Note 2 : PSU blew - replaced September 2013 with a CiT 400w Black Edition PSU (?16.99 at the time)

Note 3 : October 2013 - Purchased EVO Labs 120MM Blue LED Fan from EbayUK - connected to PSU via Molex

Note 4 : November 2013 - Purchased Samsung 120GB EVO SSD from MobyMemory - works great just not-in-use at the mo

Note 5: It is DUAL-CHANNEL RAM i just need to put the ram sticks back in properly - 8GB MAX Supported

Note 6: Speccy Analysis above was taken with AC4 Black Flag running in the background

Answer:Possible upgrades for my old system ?

I think you should put the SSD in and move the OS to it - then you are all set.

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HiI'm looking to build a new computer in the New Year. I don't play games but do photo editing.I'll get all the bits from Scan:Scan 8024 (B43) Silver Midi-Tower Case 400WLite-ON LH-20A1S-11C LiteOn 20x DVDĪRHeisei Black Floppy Disk +Int Combo All in 1 Card Reader320 Gb HGST (IBM/Hitachi) OA33435 Deskstar T7K5002GB (2x1GB) Corsair TwinX XMS2, DDR2 PC2-6400 (800)Abit AN-M2HD, NF630aAMD AM2 Athlon 64 5200+ Windsor Core, Dual Core 2.6GHzThis works out at £273 + VistaAre there better choices for the money I'm likely to spend?Does anyone have experience of that motherboard?Any comments greatfully received.Simon

Answer:New system for the New Year

I haven't any experience of that particular mobo, but what you have listed looks fine. A decent price too.I would add a second Hard Drive though, USB external, plus Acronis TI for your back-ups.

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Hello! This is my second post here (first was in the introduce yourself forum). I have put my system specs in my profile for viewing, but I'll go over them again here.

Back in 2004 myself and a friend who is much more computer savvy than myself built a couple of systems for myself and for my wife. At the time we spent our time online gaming playing Battlefield 1942 (with the desert combat mod). The systems we built to play that game and have served us well. They are identical except for my wife's case is red and mine is blue. Internals are the same.

Now we have evolved to playing World of Warcraft. All was well until I went to a friends house and played it on his brand new Dell machine. Not sure on the specs of his system, but it was quite a difference! It has convinced me that it is time for an upgrade to our systems.

Question one- If I were to replace the Motherboard, Processor, Memory and Video card, would I have to re-install the OS, or can I just hook it back to the mobo and go from there?? I assume I would need to uninstall ALL the drivers for the old mobo if it is even possible...

Question two- What would you recommend to use in these two systems. I will spec them both the same. My friend who helped me select the components for the existing systems no longer lives nearby and is out of the computer stuff for now and doesn't have the time to help me out ;(

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Answer:Need some help and recommendations for system upgrades..

Great info! Thanks. I wasn't sure if AGP was really the way to go, since it came and went so quickly. If I can stretch out the longevity of my systems by using one of those cards and updated processors, then I'll give that a try.

WoW is the only game I play on PC. I have a 360 and PS3 for everything else. My wife loves to play WoW with me, so that is what we do. (Sometimes I think she likes it more than me...)

I did a search on the GeForce7 cards you mentioned.. Any specific one? I see some that are 512mb, 256mb and 128mb. Also any particular brand that is the best?? I have heard good things about BFG....

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Does anybody here run a 64 bit system and have noticed an increase in performance over the 32 bit version of the OS?

I am working on a new build and have a copy of XP I can use, but if I wanted the 64-bit version I would have to shell out the money to buy it, so of course I need to know if there is any substantial gain in performance to justify the cost..


Answer:Performance upgrades with XP 64 bit over 32 bit with a 64 bit system?

I'm pretty sure this has been hashed over before. I'm running x64 right now, and honestly, I'm finding it to be an enormous pain. There just aren't enough 64bit apps right now IMO, and whatever performance gain (at best, very little) is had by 32bit emulation isn't worth the sheer lack of application flexibility. I'm going to be switching back to XP Pro 32 soon. Of course, YMMV.

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Hi,I have a 6 year old Intel P4 system on which the Antec SL350 psu started buzzing on switch-on a couple of days ago. I turned it off immediately, turned it back on and got the same result. Later I tried again, this time no response at all, no mobo light or anything. New psu needed methinks.Am I safe in assuming any ATX form factor psu will have the right connections, i.e. for an AGP graphics card, floppy disk, IDE HDD, IDE CD-RW and IDE DVD-R?Thanks,brewersfan

Answer:New psu required for 6 year old system

Yes.No one else seems to have chipped in and by the PC's age there should be no difficulty.As belt and braces, when you buy ask the vendor this very question.

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Windows 7 Ultimate x64
- Original installed OS on the system
- OEM (purchased from newegg, so have OEM CD).
Hardware is about a year old (most still under warrenty)
OS Installation is about a year.

I've tried booting into safe mode (works most of the time), reducing the amount of startup processes & applications, uninstalling video drivers, reduced memory to 1 DIMM (all DIMMs had failures) and am out of ideas.

Help Please!

Answer:BSOD on less than 1 year old system

The dmp(s) point to ntkrnlmp.exe or ntoskrnl.exe as the probable cause. We know this is not the case, as these are core OS files, and will definitely not cause a BSOD. They are just the default files the debuggers blame when they can't see a better cause. We need to enable driver verifier to isolate the faulting driver.

- Go to Start and type in "verifier" (without the quotes) and press Enter
- Select "Create custom settings (for code developers)" and click "Next"
- Select "Select individual settings from a full list" and click "Next"
- Select everything EXCEPT FOR "Low Resource Simulation" and click "Next"
- Select "Select driver names from a list" and click "Next"
Then select all drivers NOT provided by Microsoft and click "Next"
- Select "Finish" on the next page.

Reboot the system and wait for it to crash to the Blue Screen. Continue to use your system normally, and if you know what causes the crash, do that repeatedly. The objective here is to get the system to crash because Driver Verifier is stressing the drivers out. If it doesn't crash for you, then let it run for at least 36 hours of continuous operation (an estimate on my part).

If you can't get into Windows because it crashes too soon, try it in Safe Mode.
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Support for XP has ended so I'm getting Windows 7, but I am not sure if I should go for the 32 or 64 bit version.

Cons (for 64-bit): Most of my system is 7 years old, and I have a feeling the 32-bit version will give me fewer problems with hardware compatibility, drivers, and so on. Do you agree with that?

(Here I have to mention that I am unwilling to flash the bios at any point - the risk of my destryoing the computer is too great).

On the other hand, I know the 64-bit version is faster (and my CPU is 64-bit). Also, I am wondering if a 32-bit system will have problems running new programs, games, etc. I hope to use the PC for at least a year or two.

Thanks for reading and for any input you might have. You can see my system specs in my signature.

Answer:Win7 32 or 64-bit for 7 year old system?

64 bit. Your system is new enough (and you have 4gb of RAM), so 64 bit will be the way to go.

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Why is there no $Windows.~BT folder on my Win 10 Home system despite 6 upgrades have been installed

Answer:I would like to stop upgrades on my Win 10 Home System, how can I do this?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Why is there no $Windows.~BT folder on my Win 10 Home system despite 6 upgrades have been installed the updates are meant for security and stability of the OS. It's recommended to update your device as and when new updates come out
However, if you're set on deferring updates for windows 10, you can check this article: How to prevent Windows 10 upgrade files from downloading automatically on your PC | Windows Central
If you need additional help or have more questions or details to share, please join the site so you can reply in this thread. See this link for instructions on how to join Windows Central.

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I am thinking of possibly getting some parts in the future, mainly the graphics card, and RAM improvements, and most likely an SSD, what would you recommend for this?I'm looking for at least a nVidia GeForce 700 series (unless there is a better AMD one?), and 16Gb ram. With a 128Gb minimum SSD (256 Preferred). Also, can this desktop support two separate graphics cards? If not, I want to get the best I can on a low budget. I am eagerly looking forward to your input about possible improvements after I pay off the balance at BB. :-) This is going to be a gaming/recording rig, primarily Minecraft (with a high res texture pack) and some other Steam games in the future.

Answer:IdeaCentre K450 Possible System Upgrades?

Any ideas on this? I looked on Newegg, I'd really love the nVidia Titan but don't think that would fit in the case. Next best thing I can see is this: I might record some Battlefield 3, not sure but I want as high quality as I can while recording at 60 fps or more.

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Do Dell Vostro 2520 Laptops support RAM upgrades and/or Processor Upgrades? Please explain.

It's been 3 years with Vostro 2529 and I'm extremely satisfied with performance. I just wabt to upgrade the CPU and/or RAM, to continue using for few more years. 
Please explain if possible, how and if not, why.

Answer:Do Dell Vostro 2520 Laptops support RAM upgrades and/or Processor Upgrades? Please explain.'s Manual_en-us.pdf
Desktops can be upgraded but it is not easy or cost effective on laptops even if it were possible. Save the money for a new computer. Ram can be upgraded to 8GB. So if you already have 8 gb you are at the max. Read this review for the difficulty of upgrading this model--

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Good morning.

About two years ago, I upgraded from XP to Win7 Pro x64. I have the full system disk, not the upgrade. XP was installed on a WD 500gb split in two equal partitions (D: and E:). Win7 is installed on a 500gb Samsung in one partition (C:). For some time, I have kept XP for legacy purposes. Recently, I decided to back it up and remove it so that I can consolidate that 500gb as a single drive.

Here is the problem - Win7 boots to C: but recognizes D: as the System drive, presumably because of the original XP install there. How do I get C: to be the recognized boot and system so that I can wipe and consolidate D: and E:?

Didn't know if this should be in Win7 or HD support forum, so I'm taking a guess.


Answer:[SOLVED] Changing System Disk after OS &amp; HD upgrades

have you done a clean wipe on the hdd that was supposed to be windows xp ?

did you change the hdd boot priority in bios so that it boots from the win 7 hdd by default?

if anything else you could do ,

try disabling all other boot devices except from the windows 7 hdd.

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2 questions im planning a long trip and since my g500 is now out of warranty, i want to upgrade it with a SSD and a higher capacity battery for extra battery life. i plan to use clonezilla to copy the 500gb hdd to a 512gb ssd, but in case that doesnt work correctly, i want to be able to restore/reinstall win8.1 on the ssd, but the g500 doesnt come with a restore disk because that's all on an on-disk partition. 1) since the current version of lenovo one-key doesnt allow you to burn your own recovery disk anymore (why not?) , if i wanted to actually BUY a recovery disk, where do i get one and how much do they cost? (i might instead get a win8.1 OEM disk if its much cheaper, but i do kinda want the included lenovo software) 2) i also want to upgrade my ram (stock 1x4gb ddr3 1600 cl11 1.35v) to 2x4gb ddr3 (1600 or higher). i looked over the forums and some people suggest you actually need DDR3L (also 1.35v) and that 'normal' 204-pin SO-DIMM wont work. the offical specs (ivy bridge i3-3120m in my case) though dont mention DDR3L. crucial's online system scanner utility also doesnt mention DDR3L specifically, but all the compatible ram it lists are i wonder what the offical ruling on that is.

Answer:G500 system restore disk & upgrades

hi InvalidRecursio,
Thanks for Posting!
You can try this one first
This guide has info on recovery from blank Drive. but your system should have the Onekey recovery partition intact when you creat the Recovery media to have it working on a blank drive.
As your second option you can Call Lenovo Support  for the Recovery CD 8774536686  and press 3 for Software Support. You can order the disc there or inquire about how much the disc would be.
an about Migrating the Drive, you can check this post about Migrating to SSD. 
 About the RAM I've checked the part replacements for the RAM on this unit with Lenovo and all resulted with a DDR3L RAM.
as discussed before here in forums. The Specs provided online are the parts Lenovo have configured the system, and about upgrades or part replacements, some components can take higher capacity which is not on the tech spec list.
 Still the best recommendation is to try the part first or look for a review if you want to try out whats not listed in the specs.
Lenovo G500 Maintenance Manual
Solid Cruver

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Hi All!

I'm planning to purchase Windows Vista Ultimate OEM. Here are my current specs:

Dell Dimension 9150
Pentium D 830 3Ghz w/ Dual Core Technology (2MB L2 Cache, 800Mhz FSB)
Intel 945P Chipset
1GB (2x512) DDR2 533Mhz SDRAM
ATI Radeon X600
SoundBlaster Xi-Fi XtremeMusic
Philips DVD +/- RW DVD8701
Dell Preinstalled internal 13 in 1 USB 2.0 Card Reader
Dell USB Multimedia Keyboard (I can't determine the model number)
Dell Preinstalled Firewire Card
Logitech G5 Laser Mouse
XBOX 360 Controller for Windows
Epson Perfection 3590 Scanner
Canon Pixma iP3000 Printer
Dell 1905FP UltraSharp Monitor

I have a few questions:

1. I'm plunging Windows Vista Ultimate into this system first before buying the following upgrades:
a) 2Gb (2x1Gb) DDR2 677Mhz SDRAM [Upgrading in Mid March]
b) A mid range DirectX 10 card once the market for DX10 cards have settled [Unsure when]​Do you foresee any problems installing Vista before the upgrades and/or after the upgrades?
2. Any Dell / experienced user here knows if the 13 in 1 USB 2.0 and the USB Multimedia Keyboard will be automatically supported in Vista Ultimate? The driver download section in Dell's website do not provide links to drivers for these 2 components.
3. I am in the midst of downloading all updated drivers, checking for latest program updates for my often used software (MS Office 2003 Pro, Photoshop CS2, Dreamweaver 8, World of Warcraft: BC, FIFA 0... Read more

Answer:Before Installing Vista & Planned System Upgrades

You should be able to run Vitsta perfectly fine with your computers hardware. Also, if you didn't find any drivers for any certain pieces of hardware at the Dell site, they can most likely be found at the Microsoft site.... all the necessary drivers should be up.

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I wish to avoid completely the automatic upgrades that frequently assail my pc, the ones that load when you are turning off the pc at the end of a session. (I always turn off the pc, I do not just allow it to sleep). I can't opt not to have the upgrades, after a couple of sessions of opting out of them they are installed anyway. An 'upgrade' this morning virtually disabled my pc, eliminating an extensive datebase I am working on (all backed up, but there are many aspects of Access programming that I would lose if the database disappeared completely and I had to install it anew), and informing me I didn't have a particular version of Microsoft Office that I don't want. I used 'system restore' to revert to the situation as it was before the upgrade. How can I prevent some remote system from invading my supposedly 'personal' computer with stuff I don't want and which can be damaging to my work? Thank you most sincerely to anyone who can answer this.

Answer:Solved: How can I avoid automatic 'upgrades' to my pc system?

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One of my flock was given an old 'Time' machine with Win2000 about a year ago.As he is a total newbie I cleared all reference to its past life[his sons] even down to removing it's 'Time' I/D and its tie up to a now defunct ISPSo that short of a reformat this was a 'bare' machine.And he has been having fun getting to grips with the Internet and so forth.Then he hit a snag.I tried several fixes that did not seem to do muchSo I thought- OK system restore.Well now here is the rub the system restored OKback 3 years with all his sons programs and Internet settings and so forth.So I have now set it to 'unrestore' and will work out his problems another way. It will not now undo this restore or move forward to yesterdays or the day before's point.So what is the next move please.

Answer:System restore has gone back to year 1

second posting on same issue?johnny

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It won't let me restore it before Jan 31 2014. I wnated to go back a couple years. i press on the month 'back" button & ti won't go back farther than that. is that normal?
Windows XP2

Answer:System restre only goes to beginning of year?

That's quite normal. The number of restore points is determined by how much of your disk space has been allocated for them and having two years worth would be impractical. Too late now but you should look into imaging, for which there are several free and very capable programs available. Imaging can restore your entire system to the state it was in when the image was created. System Restore cannot do that, it does a partial restore only.

If you want to look into imaging you could start by taking a look at free Macrium Reflect.

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My folks are in a bit of a spot. We discovered, just now, the game system my sister requested for my nephew only operates in connection to a computer, with internet connection, registration, software installation and so on. As soon as I saw that, I anticipated tracking cookies and downloading games. If it's a lesser-grade tech product, does it have the very easy parental controls that the Wii & PS3 have? I already forgot the name of the product - just dissinterested. I don't have kids. I don't play games. I don't know crap! I did recognize that it looked like the same as the Wii -- game that responds to dymanic action of the remote.

The problem is who wants to let a 3 year old boy, who is holy friggin' terror of a reckless and destructive child. near a computer? None of us want to run the risk; we don't know yet if my sister knows these details. So I started thinking about the Wii, which looks like it runs off any monitor or tv.

However, the Wii isn't only expensive and flying off the shelves, but I also saw it's rated for ages 5 to 95. My question is: what product is out there for a kid to play safe games, which are interactive -- like the Wii -- but only connect to a TV and we can be confident when we place this technolgy in the hands of "the kid you'd rather not welcome back to your house"?

Answer:Christmas Game System for 3 year old boy?

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Just wanted to know if it is ok to wait to OC until you actually need it, or if its unsafe (or much more risky) to do it later.

Btw, this system isn't actually built yet, its a hypothetical question.

Answer:Solved: Its ok to Overclock on a 2 year old system, right?

Well, PC components degrade overtime. So if you overclock them, you'll shorten their life even more. It's as simple as that.
Overclocking is always a risky business.

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Hi everyone. I am new here. In fact, this is my first post! I have a problem with Lenovo with not getting my warranty updated. So far, poor customer service, broken promises, etc.At any rate, on January 29, 2008, I purchased a three-year extension to my IN-warranty system for $299. The "Lenovo Offer number" referenced was LPL503, and the FRU is 41C9177. However, the additional warranty that I just purchased is still NOT showing up when I check via the Warranty Lookup tool. It is now almost one MONTH later!I have called Tech Support several times about this, but I have always been advised to wait for the upgrade to generate online. How much longer am I supposed to wait? I have already called twice (once on 2/4/08, and one more time on 2/12/08), and each time, I was assured by the representative that waiting one more week would alleviate the issue. I called AGAIN, for a third time on 2/15, and the representative's computer system was supposedly offline!?? What is going on? I want a resolution as soon as possible.Here is a little about my background and loyalty to IBM's and now Lenovo's Thinkpads, amongst other equipment:I am the director of the IT development for Cutting Edge Technologies, Inc. in Los Angeles, California. My responsibilities include deploying new systems, operating systems, LAN's, and WAN's, as well as purchasing new servers, workstations, and laptops for our employees. We have chosen IBM and Lenovo (after the sale of the Thinkpad division), for all above menti... Read more

Answer:Not getting 3-year extension of warranty for my system!? Please help! :(

i think your problem is not only limited to United states.... its happening everywhere...... i think i can offer you an explanation on why you are getting so much delay.....-Lenovo websites over the recent months have constant problems of posting wrong prices.... one of my friend saw the US websites were selling T61p for 200 USD... while other people were getting accessories for free..... so all the orders and accessories you order must be checked and processed manually to ensure that the orders are correct and Lenovo is not losing money..... so i guess you just have to wait a bit longer....  

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Regarding the 3040 MT. The I-5 6500 version. The 3040 MT lists a PSU of 240 watts. I want to add a GPU. The Dell Social Media Support guy (from the Dell forums) said that the Nvidia GT 745 was one of the video cards tested.
Nvidia's site lists the GT 745 as a 55 watt GPU with a 300 watt PSU requirement for that 745 card. Yet the Dell team found no problems with the GT745. Can someone explain this for me?
I want to upgrade the GPU, but do not want to wreck something by doing so. The GPU card I really want is the GTX 1050 which is a 75 watt card but all other parameters are the same as the 745. Mechanically it will fit perfectly. The only issue is the wattage.
Second, is there some listed PSU upgrades available? Or perhaps adapters for aftermarket PSU's? How difficult is it if I wanted to upgrade to a more powerful PSU? Does Dell have that option with this computer?
I spent 32 hopeless minutes on Dell's support phone line listening to people read out specs from the sales brochure. Nobody, even in so called "tech support" could answer the questions.
Can ANYONE here please help me on this?

Answer:Optiplex 3040 MT Mini Tower Question about PSU upgrades and GPU Upgrades

Our OEM (original equipment manufacturer) customized GeForce GT 745 X61TN is not the same card as the retail GeForce GT 745. The memory and clock settings may differ. That is the difference. But it is easy to remove our 240w PSU (power supply unit) and install a higher wattage PSU. Read through the Owner's Manual. It has instructions on how to do this. The retail Geforce GTX 1050 needs at least a 300w PSU. Another 3040 owner will need to post a retail PSU that has worked.

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Hello...our laptop seems to have decided that its 2011 not 2010. I have no idea how to fix this although i'm sure it's relatively easy but I'm tech challenged. I am using an HP Compaq Presario with Vista. Updates are fairly current although I am having update errors since the year issue showed up. This also is true for my antivirus software with also does not like that the date shows 2011.

Any help would be greatly appreciated Thanks so much in advance!

Computer stats:
HP Compaq Presario C700 Notebook
Windows Vista SP 2
Intel Pentium Processor

Answer:System time accurate, year incorrect

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This Toshiba laptop has been very stable until the last 5 weeks. I've had 4 BSODs and a system freeze requiring a power down to get things going again. The latest BSOD & the freeze both happened this week. I would appreciate suggestions in how to proceed.


Windows 7
- x64
- the original installed OS on the system? yes
- an OEM
- What is the age of system (hardware)? 1 year 3 months
- What is the age of OS installation (have you re-installed the OS?) original, all SPs installed

Answer:Four BSODs and one system freeze this year, need help analyzing

Welcome to SF.

Please update drivers for your NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M, audio driver, and your Realtek RTL8191SE Wireless adapter.

I'm checking your dmp files.

**EDIT - update drivers and let us know how your pc behaves

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My system time randomly changes either to the year 2404 or 6004.

This problem occurred both pre and post installing SP2. Also still occurs after complete format and re-install.

Internet Time sync is active, but neither or work if the year is incorrect.

I've checked running processes using Process Explorer, and it doesn't seem like there's anything out of the ordinary there.

Intel P4, 2.6GHz
Gigabyte GA-81PE1000 m/b
1024MB DDR400 RAM
Windows XP SP2

Answer:System time randomly changing year

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sorry me again .. I want to try do system restore to the point I am sure was running pretty good which is some point last year probably Novemeber.. But my system restore in windows xp SP3, Latititude D505 does go beyond January of this year. Please may I know what would have happe ned to all those system restores, I have done manually or automatic system restores of all previous years. I think I will try to go working good one times. If I cannot resolve my issues.

Answer:[SOLVED] system restore to last year point

Your old System Restore points do not remain available indefinitely.
System Restore can only use a pre-allocated amount of disk space to store restore points.
When this allocated space becomes full, the oldest restore points are automatically deleted to make room for new ones.

The best method of keeping a system state indefinitely is to use disk-imaging software to create an image of your hard drive, but you need a second hard drive to store it on.
An example of disk-imaging software is this (which I use):

[email protected] Disk Image: [email protected] Disk Image. Windows & Servers Backup Software. Win XP, 7, 2003, 2008, Vista

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Hey guys,

Long time reader, first time poster. :)

I built this machine myself about a year ago. Ordered a kit from NewEgg and things have always worked great. I recently moved to a new house, and I did the PC move by myself in my car, so nothing was jostled around or anything, and I started noticing about a week ago that I was getting BSOD's when I woke up the PC from being asleep. Turns out it'd happen on a cold boot as well. It normally Blue screens once, reboots and then boots up fine after that.

The only system hardware change I made recently was I added in and slaved off a brand new 1TB HDD for storage about two months ago. But that's only for storage, there are no system files on it.

I took a look at the forums and did some troubleshooting. So far I:

Did the windows repair with lead to-
System restore
Ran windows update
Checked to make sure Drivers are up to date (although I am going to run verifier.exe)
Performed a scandisk of my HDD
Ran the memtest bootable iso for about three hours and my memory checked out fine.
My memory dump files seem to point to the ntoskernel.exe.

So I'm not sure what to do. Here is my PC information:

? OS - Vista/ Windows 7 - Windows 7
? x86 (32-bit) or x64 - 64 Bit
? What was original installed OS on system? - Windows XP (Only briefly, then wiped it and loaded Win7)
? Age of system (hardware) - 1 year as of February
? Age of OS installation - have you re-installed the OS? - 1 year as of February and no.
? CPU - AMD Athalon II X4 620 2... Read more

Answer:BSOD on Boot - Win7 64 Bit 1 year old system

Sorry guys, I had to reupload the .zip file :)

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Looking at the Last Modified Date in Windows File Explorer, the Year field shows the year 2036 on some files but not all. The Creation Date matches the Last Modified Date. This happens to folders and individual files.

I first noticed this when I did a fresh install of Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Does anybody have an idea what is causing this. Any help would be appreciated.

Attached: a snipped image of Windows File Explorer showing the problem

Answer:Date Last Modified year field is set to the year 2036 on some files

Hello wguimb,

Looks like you're from the future. LOL

Double check to see if your system date may be set incorrectly somehow.

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Hi all,

I own a Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527. I use my laptop mostly for listening to music on iTunes, surfing, email, chat, etc. Occassionally I like to edit some photos on photoshop and I will be adding the new Microsoft Office suite ("Ultimate" package) to my system very soon as I will need to start using my laptop for a few college courses.

I'm just wondering how can I speed up my system? I notice when I try to open Photoshop, even on it's own, my system begins to run slowly (for obvious is a large program). I honestly don't remember the specs for my laptop, but I'm thinking I purchased a 1GB harddrive and maybe 512mb RAM or somewhere around there. I will have to sift through my paperwork.

What are some upgrades I could purchase to speed up my laptop and make it more proficient? Must I buy directly through Toshiba, or are there other brand products that will suffice for a more affordable price?

Thank you all!!

Answer:Satellite A135-S4527 - System/Hardware upgrades for my laptop?

Windows can get very slow after years of usage, so its a good idea to backup your data and run Recovery. You will be amazed how much faster Windows runs when its freshly installed.

If the laptop only has 1GB, increasing the RAM to 2GB will provide a nice boost, especially when working with large apps like Photoshop.

Also choose an efficient Anti Virus. Try to avoid the "Internet Security" packages, and install individual programs instead, such as:

Virus detection: NOD32
Spyware detection: Spybot (free)
Firewall: Sunbelt (free)

Avoid attempting to upgrade the CPU, its difficult to find a compatible CPU, and it may cause the system to overheat and fail.

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I am new to this site and desperately need advice. I have a 3 year old Dell running Vista Home Edition. For the past two days I had noticed issues with Outlook. It would hang and go unresponsive. The solution was to use Task Manager and shut it down. This happened again last night but when I went to shut it down it wouldn't. So after a few minutes I powered down using the on/off button; waited a few seconds and powered up again using the on/off button.

The system appeared to be loading. I had the horizontal small sliver box at the bottom and watched for about 10 minutes as the green trail moved across the slot. After that I powered down again.

On the next start attempt I got the "System Repair" screen. I followed the instructions and after quite some time I got the screen that said it couldn't repair the problem. When I checked the log all tests ran successfully. There was a message that read"Root cause found: Unspecified changes to system configuration might have caused the problem."

But when I try to reboot again the same screen appears.

Any suggestions are welcomed.


Answer:Vista 64 OS on 3 year Old Dell STS - Can't Run System Repair Successfully. Help!

Have you tried the Last Known Good Configuration boot option?

Or safe mode?

If either works, I suggest running the chkdsk /r command...hard shutdowns may scramble boot/system files and chkdsk /r will attempt to straighten things out.


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So what should i do? Is there any chance some new mobo will support AGP and PCI-Express? Or am i even asking sensible question there? Confused

Answer:Great deal on AGP card but building a new system in the next year

MoBos are going to continue to support AGP for sometime, depending on what MoBo you purchase.

PCI-Express, however, is where the future of gaming is. If you want a new system that has a good solid core, go for a PCI-Express compatible MoBo. You'll be solid for sometime, or at least until you hook up your next rig.

If you're lucky, and are willing to spend abit more, you can find PCI-Express boards that also feature 1 AGP 4x/8x slot.

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I had my computer set to notify me of available Important Updates, but not download or install them. The System Tray Update notification icon stopped working after the WIN 10 free upgrade was released, and I had to manually check the status for updates until this week. All I got the past year was the GWX Icon trying to get me to install 10.

I find it interesting that after WIN 10 free upgrade expired, my System Tray's WIN 7 Updates Available Icon suddenly works again after 1 year.

Answer:WIN Update Icon In System Tray Works Again After 1 Year

Fixed mine months ago by running some .inf file but I don't remember what it was. Also if notifications are working it means that it was fixed with during month's installation of updates and nothing to do with the end of Win10 upgrade offer.
You just didn't notice until this month's updates became available.

Most likely one of these fixed it last month:

KB3161608 - relaesed last month but pulled and replaced by:

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So according to this page , Bitdefender has the lowest impact on system performance seriously Bitdefender ?? Your resource hogging security suite's impact on the system performance is lower than Microsoft Security Essentials ?? ROFL just gimme a break

Answer:lowest impact on system performance ?? Joke of the Year :D

I have tried bitdefender and I could tell that it's lighter than lots of other antivirus software but it isnt as light as "antivirus testing organizations" claim.

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I have created
C:\00 - savehere \2012
C:\00 - savehere \2013
C:\00 - savehere \2014

current vba code is:-
ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \2012"
Range("c57:h102").ExportAsFixedFormat Type:=xlTypePDF, Filename:=composedfn & ".pdf"
Is there a way to save to ChDir "C:\00 - savehere \ currentyear
without having to change the vba integer value to each new year? or using if statements for each year? So when the 1st of jan comes it automatically save to the new current year directory and if possible creates a directory at the start of each new year as well?

Answer:Solved: Save PDF to a year directory each new year or month

If folder exist....

' Does this directory exist? If not, create it.
If objFSO.FolderExists(strParentPath) = False Then
Set newFolder = objFSO.CreateFolder(strParentPath)
Wscript.Echo "Put a ocr fold here" &
'Save it here code'
End If

This will get you the year
CurrentDate = Date
File_Year = DatePart("yyyy",CurrentDate)

You should be able to code it with this info

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I found a post on this exact topic from back in 2010. I am trying to incorporate the code into my database and am not able to get the code to work if I make any changes. Here is the link to the previous thread:

I have also uploaded the database that was provided in the last post. If I try to change the field and object names I appear to be unsuccessful in having the code still work even when I change the items in the code as well. I woud like some help. I would like for there to be a field called "RequestDate" that has the date stamp that is keyed in by the user. Then after that is keyed in on the form the "AssignmentID" field is updated to the new assignment number. The "RequestDate"="Admit_Date" and "AssignmentID"="ActualFWCNumber". I am trying to do this in Access 2010. If I make changes either the number field doesn't autopopulate or the same number keeps repeating. Any and all assistance on this would be great.

Answer:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

tamanthalou, welcome to the forum.
As you have posted the original database a copy of your database with no data in it would be better to understand your problem.

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I've read every post I could find on this so I'm sorry to ask another dumb question but here goes.

I created an access database (volunteer work) which has an autoincrement field to issue numbers to animals taken in at our shelter. My 'boss' (also a volunteer) wants this simple autoincrement changed to a value which begins with the two digit year and then has 4 digits, starting with 0001 which will increment sequentially and restart at 0001 with the new calendar year. Therefore, records will start with 10-0001, 10-0002, etc for this year and 11-0001, 11-0002 for next year.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Autoincrement field including year - restart each year

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I'm a heavy gamer and after owning this PC for almost 2 years upgrading it several times, I feel that the RAM is a bit slow and the timings may not be good for gaming. So, is 1600mhz the fastest the mobo supports? Also, could anybody tll me the sizes of the fans that this PC shipped with? I'd like to  replace them with faster, 'classier' fans (and maybe a cpu cooler upgrade)

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Hi All, I recently bought a T440s but the shipment keeps getting delayed and I won't have the laptop I need for my business by the time I need it. When I shop locally in Toronto I can't find any  T440s's with the 12GB of RAM and the 500GB SSD that I need. Can anyone confirm what the expansion options are? My gut tells me to buy a T440s locally with 4GB of RAM and that means I should be able to buy my own 8GB stick and add it to it. From my understanding there is 4GB permantly installed on the mainboard and any 4GB option I could buy would always have an empty expansion slot. I have also read that the T440s comes with an empty M.2 slot that I can use to add some extra storgage. I am not familiar with the M.2 slot, can someone please elaborate? I think if I buy a local 4GB version with a 256GB (which is available here), I can add an 8GB stick and possibly add more storage if I need. As an FYI, the model I got is also the i7 with the FHD screen. Thanks! 

Answer:Thinkpad T440s Memory upgrades and SSD Upgrades

I can tell you that it does come with 4gb permanently installed and you can add up to another 8gb stick for a total of 12gb. I added 4gb to my T440s a few days ago. It is doable but a complete pain in the rear. Go slow, use a plastic spudger and GO SLOW. I can point you to a link or two that helped me if you want.   204 pin DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM PC3-12800 is what you want. Make sure it is 1.35v. Just my opinion, but 8gb total is probably plenty for this machine unless your needs specifically require more. 

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I bought a Y560 i7 15 month ago. It developed a problem yesterday. When I plug in the A/C adaptor, the laptop did not charge but continue to run on the battery only until the battery was drained at very fast rate, from fully charged to dead in less than ten minute! I down loaded the "hardware maintainance manua" and followed the diagnose procedure which tells me the system board needs to be replaced. The A/C adaptor still put out 19.7 volt at the plug and seem to be perfect. When I remove the dead battery and plug in A/C, the laptop did not boot at all, seems to me the charging controller went bad on the system board. Can this circuit be replaced instead of the whole system board which is very expensive. I hate Lenovo put out junks in the market lately after the Chinese company took control. I have an old IBM X61 tablet I bought more than five years ago and it is still good. This is a perfect case the Chinese company has no respect for quality and only want to take advantage of US consumers. Appreciate anyone has some experience in this area. I do not think it is fair to replace the motherboard only in 15 month.

Answer:Y560 i7 laptop went dead less then a year and half old, need system board replacement

It was a shame that the solder joint from the DC power input to the charge control was so poor it got burned out. Shameful Lenovo put out junk that broke in 15 month!

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I need to replace my shitty WRT54G2 as it sucks ass for wireless gaming when 4 or more PC's are on the network wirelessly as we keep getting disconnections left and right.

I've found 2 good routers on our forums here and both are used, I'm looking at a 3 year old WRT54GS that rarely saw wireless use and the guy ran DD-WRT but lowered the xmit power to the min needed for his 1 PC to be on the net, there were 3 - 5 PC's wired thru this router though I'm not as worried about wired load.

The other is a 1 year old WRT54GL that did have a slighltly heavier wireless load on it but is pre-flashed as well, this guy used his PC, iphone and X360 via wireless and about 3 PC's wired.

They are both going to run me about $40 shipped so which one would you guys pick?

Oh, the router will be used in a 100% wireless network with 2 desktops and 1 laptop. The 2 desktops are on the internet non stop from 2:30 - 3pm onwards to arround 9:30 PM during the week and are usually playing online games and downloading non stop. The laptop usually only gets on for email and almost daily 1 - 2 hr lan/net gaming sesions which also include the other 2 PC's. Every other week we have 4 - 6 PC's connected wirelessly for lan gaming sessions which usually span 2 - 3 days and last from 3 - 8 hrs per bout so this is when traffic will be the highest and also the reason I need a new router.

Answer:What would you pick? A 1 year old WRT54GL or 3 year old WRT54GS?

Flash your current wrt54g2 router with DD-WRT..see if that gets her running smoother.

240MHz, 16 megs.

The wrt54gl is a step down, older 200MHz processor, 16 megs of RAM.

The wrt54gs came in various versions, 200MHz processor, earlier versions with 32 megs of RAM, later versions with just 16 megs of RAM. But some of the later versions have the same processor as your wrt54g2...they're the same router, just in the older case.

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at a wal-mart store. It disappeared from my PC although the year not up until 2016. I saw for a minute the Product Key on my PC but it is now gone alone with all traces of Norton 360> How do I reinstall my product key?

Answer:I bought a 1 year protection for 1 year Norton 360

I'm not exactly sure what you need but if you're asking how to recover the 360 product key so you can reinstall you might try Belarc: will list most/all? of the product keys associated with your installed software. For anything beyond that you may need to contact Norton.

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Hi All, i have tired to use year function to get to the year.A1: "Mar18 B1: year(A1). Result: 9-jul-05A2: July17 B2: Year(A2). Result: 9-ju;-05Could you please help me about this.

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I have an installation folder on my main machine(Windows 7) with all my software. I have repeatedly run into issues connecting odd devices to my shared folder. This time I have installed Windows 10 Technical Preview (on a different machine) and don't understand why it tells me I can't access my own machine. After all these years, you would think user friendly would be a reality. It seems to be a coin toss as to which machines will connect. I hate never knowing I can access my own machine without issue. Here I am trying to install applications but yet I can't get to my storage location.

What is the secret to sharing your machine, so that anyone on the same network can access shared folders?

Edit: I always turn on "Network Discovery" and "File and Print Sharing".

Answer:Network connection issues (year after year)

I'm more brutal via the firewall:

set trust localhost and your lan ip's, eg

then add two rules for only the PRIVATE PROFILE

inbound allow tcp/udp from to any for ports 137-139,445
outbound allow tcp/udp from any to for ports 137-139,445
I use a much more complicate scheme in reality to enforce known vs unknown devices and to segregate WiFI from wired access, but that's just me.

In services, ensure these are running

Bonjour Service ( mDNSResponder)
Network Connections
Network List Service
Network Location Awareness


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in attempting to update AVG to the 2011 version click here but have reached a point where I am now looking for a competent replacement. I know there are several around but having not used them I would appreciate information on the experience of others.I am considering Comodo and Avast at this stage but any advice would be welcome.Many thanks in anticipation.

Answer:I have been more than reasonable

We have been using MS security essentials and windows own firewall since we purchased a lap top seems to work very well no problems and does not slow the l/top down. will be changing over the desk top next as this works well.

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hi !
"dotTech Exclusive: Free 1 year license of Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home Lux!
As promised earlier this week, we have a real treat for everyone this weekend: Everyone can get a 1 year license of Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home Lux for free! Before I delve into how to get the 1 year license, let me give a quick overview of what RVS 2010 is for those that don't know.
Returnil Virtual System 2010 is a unique security software that protects your computer in an unorthodox manner. RVS 2010 uses a powerful combination of anti-virus, anti-malware, and a virtual system to protect your computer from all types of viruses and unwanted system changes. The traditional security software like Avira, Kaspersky, Norton, AVG, NOD32, etc. actively, and on demand, detect and remove infected files. RVS 2010, on the other hand, has a two pronged attack to the malware problem:
Virtual System - RVS creates a "virtual copy" of your main system partition (the partition which you have Windows installed) and whatever changes are made to your computer are dumped when you restart your computer (there are opinions to tweak how it does that, but generally speaking, that is how it works).
Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware - RVS also includes the traditional anti-virus/anti-malware live protection and on-demand scanning features.
Because of this two pronged approach which incorporates traditional and innovative protection capabilities, if used properly, a user can keep his/her computer 10... Read more

Answer:EXPIRED - Returnil Virtual System 2010 Home Lux 1 year license for FREE !

Good catch,
thank you

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Do you think it`s possible?My friends mother is asking me if i can get a PC with the usual extras (ie modem, keyboard, mouse, speakers etc) with reasonably good graphics, cd re-writer, dvd rom, 17" monitor & printer....I`ve been looking but I don`t seem to get [email protected] the moment I`m trying to build another very basic computer for my wifes friend....(she only wants to pay £150---no monitor) & that`s been hard enough.Thank you in advance for any feedback

Answer:Looking for reasonable PC with extras around £400


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Question: Reasonable prices?

What would be a reasonable price to "reimage" a machine?
(ie wipe off all the trojans/adware/spyware)

Reimage including databackup and a reinstall of the os and drivers.

Data backup being a loose sense of the term and including just music, photos, documents, email, and favorites, and just to be nice also throwing on a few apps that are essential...itunes, aim, firefox, spybot,antivirus of choice.

I know geek squad's prices...and they are...about on par I'd say for the amount of time it takes to do all of the above but what do you guys think?

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing)?

OS: Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3
anti-virus: Avast Free 5.0.418
firewall: PC Tools Firewall Plus Free
anti-malware blocker: SpywareBlaster 4.2
anti-malware scanner / removers: Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware
SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000
clean-up utility: Glary Utilities
browser: Internet Explorer 8

Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:

Trusted sites security level: Medium-high
Internet security level: High <-- Medium-high to download^

ActiveX controls and plug-ins:
* Download signed ActiveX controls: Prompt
* Download unsigned ActiveX controls: Disable
* Initialize & script ActiveX controls not marked as safe: Disable
* Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins: Enable
* Script ActiveX controls marked safe for scripting: Enable

* Installation of desktop items: Prompt
* Launching programs and files in an IFRAME: Prompt
* Navigate sub-frames across different domains: Prompt

^ For some reason, IE7 requires me to do this even at a Trusted Site and even with:
1. "require server verification..." unselected, and
2. Security level for Trusted sites zone set at Medium-high.

And if my NetGear WGR614v6 wire... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

Moved your thread to software considering you are not crying out directly for malware removal

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I put a bios password on my harddrive and it isn't accepting it and it accepts the hdd user password and they the same my hdd Is saying frozen in the bios...I have my dead family member pics on there and music...I can prove it's my harddrive please someone help...I can't erase my stuff off...I also bought a external hard drive case so I can back up my data. I will be off work.....thanks and God blessedited by moderator: Removed phone #

Answer:can someone please help me...I will gladly pay reasonable

No money or phone numbers needed, I'm in Australia.How To Remove, Clear, Reveal, Unlock or Reset BIOS Security Password

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I keep hearing people who have fairly modern PC's (although perhaps lacking a good graphics card) talking about buying a PS3. I would like to tell them that they should really consider spending $200 to $250 for a new video card and using their PC to play games thereby saving themselves the much larger cost of a PS3.

Is this reasonable advice? If they were to upgrade an Intel P4 (3.2 MHz with adequate memory, hard drive, sound quality, etc.) by buying a fairly good quality video card, would that put the machine into a comparable quality such that it would run most games available for the PC such that it would compare fairly well to those same games running on the PS3?

It doesn't have to be extremely high quality. I'd just like to know if it would be reasonably accurate to say that upgrading a fairly modern PC (with a P4 CPU - not a Celeron) with a good quality video card would put it into roughly the same level of performance for playing games as the PS3.

Answer:Would you consider this advice to be reasonable?

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Good Afternoon, Gentlemen,
I am sorely, at least I think so, of the sound advice that you hand out, on a very regular basis.
I have had an Acer Aspire One 722-C62kk with an 11.6” screen and 4GB for a couple of years. And it has done – and is doing – the job I wanted it to do; namely to take on holidays with us so we can keep in touch with friends whilst on the holiday. But we are just back from 2 weeks in Lanzarote and I must admit that I have found it s-l-o-w. I do not know anything about chips and, therefore, would be very grateful if someone could recommend a notebook with a faster chip in it. This is where I will probably annoy some of you: I would like one that is 5 to 10 times faster!! Also I am not looking for a new notebook – these all seem to come with Windows 10 which I do not like – but a second hand one with Windows 7 preferably 64Bit Home Premium or similar with USB 3.0 port(s). I am quite willing to go to £100, but for a good one am willing to stretch up to £200. If a company that trades in second hand notebooks has options and any of you know a reasonably reliable one that would also be helpful.
I know I am being picky, but at my time of life I am getting more and more specific and that is why I am asking you gentlemen.
Any and all – no matter how rude – replies will be very gratefully received.

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Hi all,

I'm currently looking into buying a new server for the company I'm interning at. The issue is I'm somewhat clueless about IT in general, so I'm concerned an offer I've received for a Dell PowerEdge T430 server which I've pasted below is a rip off. The price I've been quoted is $4020,10.

Here are the specs:
"Server Dell PowerEdge T430 8B, (1)*Intel Xeon E5-2630v4 Processor (2.2GHz, 10C, 25MB, 8.0GT/s QPI, 85W), 32GB (2x16GB) 2400MHz RDIMM, PERC H330, DVD+/-RW, (2)*1TB SATA 6Gbps 7.2k 3.5" HD Hot Plug (up to 8x3.5"HDD), Broadcom 5720 GbE Dual Port on board, IDRAC8 Ent., (2)*750W, No Rails, 3y NBD"

Any advice would be very much appreciated!

Also if it helps the initial uses of the server would be secure data storage, hosting an email service for 12 staff members, and if possible setting up a hybrid disaster recovery solution, for instance linking the service to a cloud based service like Microsoft Azure.

If anyone out there can suggest a cheaper and viable alternative that would be ace!

Best regards,


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Hey all,

I've been running my system under full load for twenty minutes.

I've got RMClock, CPU-Z and ATITool open to monitor, and I'm also using Orthos to stress my RAM and my CPU.


LeadTek 7950GT TDH 256MB -- 90 degrees
Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.4GHz -- 48 degrees [won't let me overclock yet, it's running at stock speeds with a Zalman heatsink].
Transcend 1066 2 x 1GB -- 64 degrees

These temperatures seem all right for twenty minutes of full load? I'm scrambling to find a VGA heatsink at a local store, but I've been told a graphics card of this power can safely handle temperatures of up to 100 degrees.


Answer:Temperatures Reasonable?

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OK, I did my homework, so is this all I'm gonna need (in addition to safe surfing practices)?OS:....................................... ...........Windows XP Pro (version 5.1) SP3anti-virus:....................................... ..Avast Free 5.0.418firewall:....................................... ......PC Tools Firewall Plus Free blocker:..........................SpywareBlaste r 4.2anti-malware scanner / removers:..........Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware 1.44 freeware....................................... ................SUPERAntiSpyware freeware 4.33.1000clean-up utility:..................................Glary Utilities .....Internet Explorer 8Assuming IE8 is like IE7, here are the security settings I'll use:* Zone: Trusted sites   * Security level for this zone: Medium-high* Zone: Internet   * Security level for this zone: High <-- Medium-high to download^   * Custom Level button :      * ActiveX controls and plug-ins:         * Download signed ActiveX controls??????????????????????..Prompt         * Download unsigned ActiveX controls????????????????.????..Disable         * Initialize and script ActiveX controls not marked as safe for scripting?..Disable         * Run ActiveX controls and plug-ins????????????????....?????Enable   ... Read more

Answer:Is this enough to keep me reasonable safe?

You're fine.

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A long tale of woe that ends with some questions. Please bare with me in the background explanation.

For over a year I've been having occasional flurries of crashes, hangs and (rarely) BSODs. Months would go by with no problem, then dozens of crashes or hangs in a week. The event logs and rare dumps have not been helpful. People here said it sounded like hardware problem, but no diagnostics I ran could find a problem.

I took it to a pc repair shop which could find no hardware problem (and of course it would not crash or hang for them). The suggested (as did people on this forum) that it probably was ZoneAlarm Internet Security. They installed the Kaspersky Internet Security product (for a fee, of course) and said that should fix the problems. 2 days later it froze 3 times and did automatic reboots 5 times.

I took it back. It still wouldn't crash or hang for them. They said Windows probably needed to be reinstalled - that my update from Win7 Home to Pro corrupted something. Rather than mess up the installation again I asked them to do it (for a fee, of course).

During their attempts to reinstall Windows it started crashing for them. They succeeded on their 3rd attempt, ran some more tests, checked the configuration, and found problems with the ram. They said ram I had was incompatible with the mother board and buggy, but the problems could not be detected by the diagnostics. They also said they had to reinstall Windows a 4th time because the 3rd reinstallation ... Read more

Answer:Reasonable explanation for crashes?

OCZ is high quality, but it is also one of the least compatible memories on the market (meaning it works properly with the fewest hardware configurations)
I use it personally and have for years with no complaint. ...and certainly without the problems you describe, though I always verify the motherboard/ram compatibility before I purchase a motherboard.

If the ram is actually bad it can cause any number of seemingly unrelated problems and errors. Since basically everything processes through the ram and it can be only one stick or one specific memory address on a stick that actually causes the problem. It's possible this bad address can go for months without being used until a specific set of circumstances pops up.

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I realize that this is a bit of a vague question as it depends on so many things, I would just like a guideline.Pent4 2g/768mem/XPpro/quite a few progs run on startup.How long from pressing the restart to up and running again?Any comments pleaseRay

Answer:What is a reasonable restart time?

About 2 minutes in total here. Four users.If the PC hasn't been shut down or restarted for several days, it takes more time for Windows to shut down all running processes.Once Windows has actually shut down all processes, it takes about 45 seconds for it to go through the restart/boot-up before getting back to the Welcome screen.

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I have four rather old HDDs that are either not recognized by the system or that cause computer shut down when connected.

Is it reasonable to attempt to repair these? It is my understanding that the majority of all HDD failures are electrical and not mechanical. If this is true, then I would conclude that most problems are caused by the replaceable control board on the HD.

BTW I have a circuit board on order to attempt the repair of a 250GByte Seagate HD (a Barracuda 7200.10).

This HD seems to be an ideal candidate for home repair because it immediately shuts down the computer when power is applied. There is a direct short from the HDs' 5 volt input pin to ground. That short circuit exists even when the board is removed from the HD.

Obtaining an exact replacement seems to be the trick. I 'think' I have done that.

Answer:Is It Reasonable/Sensible to Attempt to Repair a HDD

It's not as simple as replacing the PCB on most modern drives, you may also have to move the original ROM chip or firmware that contains the specific drive parameters to the new PCB. Unlike older drives, new drives are all slightly different and unique. With the 7200.10 a PCB swap may work because its an older drive.

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Hello Everyone, I have a compaq 5wv-280 machine that has an AMD Athlon 900mhz processor in it. I'am able to go as high as a 1.4gig athlon thunderbird processor. My machine has 200mhz (FSB) I see that this processor is pretty expensive yet. Can anyone tell me where i can save a few dollars on one of these? Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank You, E J FITZ

Answer:Looking for a reasonable place to buy a processor.

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A four month old mid-range factory built computer.Functions exactly as it should, but ignoring the sound advice "If it aint broke don't fix it" i would like it to sound less like a collection of busy fans, which it has!I am prepared to spend some more and replace the PSU, CPU's fan and even the case fan.The video card fan seems blameless, stalling for one moment doesn't change the rushing noise.The PSU is probably the most justifiable replacement. It is a bog standard ATX of 300w.I wonder if click here will do the trick. (5th down the list) the 435W job)?The case fan is a standard affair drawing warm air and pushing it out of the back. It is possibly an 8cm fan (approx 7cm between screws) and draws its power from the mobo.Probably not contributing much windrush but suggestions welcome?The CPU fan sits naked on a sort of 4 legged gantry over a very elaborate dome of fine fins and Intel trade mark. Doesn't seem responsible for much noise, but again, any comments.

Answer:In the name of silence or reasonable quiet

are you positive it aint the graphics cooler as mines noisy as hell! you could always invest in some heat pipes that will cut out most of the noise!

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I wanted to hear some opinions about the situation in the office I work in.

Recently we changed accounting software and my advice to change to Office 365 was rejected. Still all 15 employees want their emails to be safe and backed up.
Some employees don't delete their emails, so I end up with approximately 10 GB PST-file size per year per user. Of course I split them year by year. The problem is that they want to keep even pst files from 5 or more years ago. Always available. My idea is now, that I make a one time backup copy of recent years and a daily backup of the actual year.
I made some tries already with EaseUS. But I'm not satisfied.
I'd prefer not to schedule it and leave it up to the employee to decide when to make the backup. So, let's say the employee leaves earlier for some reason why leaving the PC on until 7 pm or so? Also a power cut could prevent that scheduled backup entirely from happening.
Here's a list of what I need the backup software to be able to do:

- Start the whole backup process with a double-click on an icon (on the desktop). EaseUS needs more steps incl. always having to set the Shutdown option manually.
- On the destination file storage or NAS I want to overwrite the previous file, not to create version after version. Or even better: Create a new version but delete the old version afterwards. PSTs are really a hard case since you can't really make incremental backups. I also doubt that some employees will understa... Read more

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This is NOT a serious problem, just more of an annoyance which is intriguing me.
With 4gb ram, a reasonable dual processor and graphics card, one would expect a reasonably good performance whatever the case.
My automatic startup consists of just Avast AV, Java, and Malwarebytes although l also get additional icons on the taskbar for the Network and Sharing Center and Action Center.
I use Firefox as my main browser.
I also use SuperAntiSpyware, CCleaner, and Defraggler reasonably frequently, so l know that my system is clear of any junk, malware, spyware, and that no viruses are present.
I fire the system up in the morning, bring up Firefox and all is fine, and reasonably quick.
Do a fair amount of downloading using the MiPony download manager to access rapidshare files, but with my crap connection, the max download speed seems to hover around the 280kbs mark.
I may also have two FF sessions on the go, as well as the downloading, so whatever l do after that seems to really slow the system down.
I have even run ConvertX at the same time as all of the above and the system came to a near grinding halt.
Now l know that all of the above are processor/ram hungry but surely with my specs the computer should more than cope?
Maybe l'm missing something obvious or my dual processor system just cannot cope with more than two ram hungry programs running at the same time.
Has anyone got any ideas or do l just have to live with it.

Answer:Any way of speeding up a pc with reasonable specs?

Hello Willy,

You could pick and choose between the options in the tutorial below to try and speed up the performance of your system some.

Optimize Windows 7

Hope this helps some,

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This morning yet again I found it impossible to open my Broadband although eventually it staggered into life sufficiently for me to open a Broadband Speed check wherein I obtained 55.27 Download and 9 Upload.
Could someone please tell me if that is a good, bad or indifferent speed?
I contacted my Broadband supplier and the system is at the moment great.

Answer:What is a reasonable Broadband speed?

Sorta depends on what you're paying for. Faster than anything I get

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Is this a reasonable graphics card?

ATI RADEON 9800 Pro 256Mb AGP

It will be used with a Gigabyte 8VM800PMD-775 mobo

on a 2.8ghz celeron with 1gb Ram, 200gb hdd



Answer:Is this a reasonable graphics card?

How much does it cost?
I recommend a 6600GT video card. It should costly almost the same, and you get a lot more performance.

The two bad things are these:

a) You must have a good, quality 300-350 power supply, from a good, well-known manufacturer, with at least 20 A on the 12V rail, in order to have a stable computer.

b) The performance of a 9800 PRO or a 6600GT will be limited by your current CPU (is it a Celeron D or a Celeron?).

Good luck!

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Noticed today that switches with 10 GbE ports are starting to become quite low in price on eBay. Is this a sign that the price is finally starting to move or are these switches junk, lacking features or not usable to attach a server or two and start playing with the speeds?

I'm mostly seeing HP 2900's but there are others too.

edit: maybe there are just rear stacking ports? The fronts must just be sfp 1 GbE?

Answer:10 GbE starting to become reasonable for home?

ProCurve 2900s have normal gig ports for connecting to clients.

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I subscribe to Norton 360 but have got the trojan Antivirus XP 2008 with its annoying porn popups and messages. Via the chat facility, Norton advisors have removed part of the problem remotely but the popups have come back and other irritations, like slow running remain.They have now escalated my call to their virus specialist and want to charge me £70 for a detailed consultation plus check of the PC and clean up. Am I being reasonable thinking that Norton 360 should have stopped the trojan in the first place and it's a bit much having to pay them to clean up. The adviser was quite aggressive saying that I should have this done straight away otherwise I might spread the virus on the internet and my ISP will cut me off.I'd be grateful for views on Norton's stance.

Answer:Antivirus XP & Norton 360 - Reasonable?

Do a quick Google for "Antivirus XP 2008", have a look at the first hit from bleepingcomputer, should be able to sort it yourself.Google is your friend.

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I'm getting about 40 min. running time from my Vaio laptop with NO energy saving features enabled, and frequent HD access. Is this about what you'd expect?

Answer:reasonable battery capacity?

It sound kind of short are old is your battery if more then 2 years it's time for a change.....

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I have scanned this site with no results plus tried putting ISP/costs/availabilty in Google to no avail. Can someone suggest an ISP for my daughter who wants one to use from say 8pm to 8am? As she can only access it at these times a 24/7 supply is not wanted. Broadband is not an option because of the cost.

Answer:Reliable ISP at a reasonable cost.

Hi.How about Freeserve Pay As You Go? click here

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Some folks may have read my other thread... About a Dell laptop that needs $1,000 of repairs 25 months after purchase.MOST products, you would expect to last at least five years before wearing out - washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, should last even longer, and they take serious abuse!... A quick inventory of my house has The same EQ I bought in 9th grade (I won't say how old it is, ahem, but it was Made in USA, and "Tattoo You" and "Moving Pictures" were the new albums I played on it!) A VCR I bought in 1994, playing through A TV I bought in 1990 Guitar amp bought in 1979 Now, I understand that technology becomes obsolete pretty quickly, but really... How long should the hardware last? I had a cassette player go bad after 12+ years - it was a bummer, but 12 years seems reasonable.So, I'd like to open up this question:[size=16]HOW LONG should a piece of computer hardware REASONABLY last?[/size]

Answer:Reasonable Obsolescence - A Survey

Well, that depend on how well made it was... If you got a "cheepie" laptop, then usually, you get what you pay for...[glb]Flame[/glb]

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My nephew suggested recently that I buy some extra memory for my Dell Dimensiion 8250 computer, which is a couple of years old. Knowing that I have Rambus RD-RAM, he searched the Net and told me RD-RAM was both harder to find and more expensive than he expected.

He went to PrimeWatch and found only two websites which had RD-RAM available. Then he went to eBay and told me I could pay $400 for 1G of CD1066 RD-RAM or $256 for 1G of PC 800 RD-RAM.

I have two slots of 256 RD-RAM -- PC 1066, unless I'm mistaken -- which means I have two open slots. My nephew told me I could fill the two open slots with 512 PC 1066, which would give me 1.5 G total. Or, he said, my PC could hold up to 2 G of PC 800 RD-RAM. (All of this terminology is new to me, but my nephew appears to understand it quite well.)

I remember hearing a while back that the price of memory was dropping rapidly, but my nephew told me that seems to have changed. Is it possible that I could find better prices for RD-RAM than those shown on eBay?

Answer:How easy is it to find RD-RAM at a reasonable price?

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Currently I am unemployed and so when I found out that my PC broke (this is a friend's) I was devastated to realize that Windows XP (Pro or HE) both range around $100 for the standard full edition. I am currently running it off of Bart PE but that isn't much help because I can't even view pics or access the internet. My other friend told me however that you can get Windows XP as cheap as $70 for the stripped down, "No Manual, No Colorful Box," edition. Problem is... I can't find this mythical store/site. Is he bluffing or does this place exist (and where?) Thanks heaps

Answer:I need a complete XP Reinstallation... at a reasonable cost

I found it for $89.99 at:

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Hello all,

Just wondering whether any of you guys out there can recommend a reasonable free text editor for Windows for knocking out some Perl in - I just dislike Notepad for this kind of thing...
Im sure there are loads but just wanted some recommendations...


Answer:Reasonable Free Text Editor

and I only know this because I'm stuck having to learn this horrible language this quarter.

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This is after being on for over 12 hours, mostly idle.

Meant Q6600

Answer:Is my e6600 running at a reasonable temp?

After 20 minutes of playing a game:

Should I re-seat my CPU, maybe get a new heatsink fan?

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I am trying to find a touchscreen monitor that is actually priced reasonably. It needs to be between 10 and 12 inches and the pixel resolution needs to be at least 1024x768.

I can't find any for a fair price. They make all kinds of good ones though... for $250 and up! They can't be THAT expensive since you can buy android tablets for like $150. Even mouser doesn't carry touchscreen LCD panels anymore that have a greater resolution than 640x480.

I have managed to find ONE that has a somewhat reasonable price but it's sold by a shady looking seller. Half of the reviewers didn't receive a working unit and the other half did.

I call ******** on these prices. They don't cost that much to produce. Something like that shouldn't cost more than $100. I'm not willing to spend more than $150 on a touchscreen monitor unless the resolution is 1280x720 or greater and even then I'm not spending more than 175-200.

So where is a place you can buy these from that are priced reasonably? If there are none, can I buy a $100-$150 android tablet just for the LCD panel, take it apart and somehow re wire everything up for use with a PC?

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I believe that I have an on-board graphics card installed on my computer. Previously I was able to use Google Earth, but for some unknown reason I was no longer able to use this programme. Various alternatives was advised via Google help and error messages, but none seem to work.My remaining alternative (according to Google) is to get a 'better' graphics card.Any suggestions for a straight forward replacement. Not into high speed gaming or fancy high capacity 3 D's. Something cheap and simple, with possible links would be ideal.Final question: Is it possible to fit an additional graphics card to on-board system!.

Answer:Cheap and reasonable graphics card

Yes it is possible for you to have additional graphics, you will have to disable your onboard graphics once you have a new graphics card.Do you know what expansion slots you have available so that suggestions for graphics cards can be suited to your needs.

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I have Comcast cable. The Motorola Surfboard modem is connected to my desktop via Ethernet cable. I occasionally have to work with friend's laptops, and need to connect to the Web wirelessly, so am considering getting a wireless router. Trouble is, I can't find much info on the Web that tells me what I need, and prices go from $25 to $1200. I figure I only need something very simple, since I have no home network or multiple computers throughout the house.

So, can anyone recommend a good and relatively inexpensive router? Review in PC World liked the Belkin N, but have no idea if that's suitable or overkill or what.

Answer:Best reasonable cost wireless routers

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My wireless router does not seem to be working for Internet connectivty despite many reboots. It's (Netgear fm114p) been in use for less about 10 months. The only thing I can think of is I had some wiring work done to an electrical outlet. Since then, it started requiring power reboots during the day (due to losing a signal); then within the week (yesterday), the lights are not working correctly.


Answer:What's the Reasonable Life of a Wireless Router?

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I have a very annoying issue wherein the small rubber V-shaped or triangular pegs attached to the base of the extended battery of my U150 have come off; so now the laptop wobbles when I type. I've called the service center (Philippines not India), they were very nice and courteous, but had no replacement part number so they cannot replace the part even if I am under warranty! How ridiculous is that?!?!  It would be so easy to mail me a pair of pegs and I would simply superglue it on the base.  What they offered is even more absurd!  They want me to give them a $90+ deposit to send them my whole battery pack (that is working just fine) which they are willing to replace in order to get the new legs on it.  We're talking about a pair of pegs worth no more that 25-US-cents!!!  Does anyone have any solutions? Or is there some other mystical resource to get these rubber pegs replaced? This issue has been going on for two months, and Lenovo has not replied, emailed, nor called as promised by the customer service receptionist who said they would refer my claim to Lenovo.

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i have been told 1155 is going away, but i was told that just under a year ago and its not proving to be true. i just came into a little extra money, and am considering the best mother board i could get my hands on for 1155.

this is what i am looking at. and im hoping to get some suggestions and hopfuly hear from someone who has it- - ASUS SABERTOOTH Z77 LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb&#47;s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Answer:help picking the best reasonable 1155 mobo available

Eventually, all sockets go away, but I haven't heard anything particular about 1155. Are you mistaking that for 1156, which is about gone?

As long as you have a good brand and a little bit of luck, I'd just shop on the basis of desire features and price/support.

What does "best" mean in this context?

That particular board is certainly more than you need for most purposes and would be a waste of money for a typical installation. But you may need each and every one of its features. I don't know.

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My other question is how much does it cost to upgrade Vista 32bit to Vista 64bit? My software source (school) only sells the 32bit versions (for hella cheap).

Should I suck it up and get Vista Home 64bit from Newegg for $99 or try to upgrade from 32bit to 64bit (which hopefully would be cheaper)?

Answer:what's a reasonable price for vista home 64?

Buy the 32bit version from your school, and acquire a 64bit disc by other means. Your serial will work on either (Vista/Win7 are both this way).

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I' running Vista an a new HP Pavilion Laptop, with Firefox as my browser. Everything is falling into place, but when I open this Forum it is so small that I must Zoom in at least three times to get it large enough to read! I don't have this problem with anything else, that I know of. How can I get this site to open in readable size??

Answer:How to open this Forum in a reasonable size

there is a little drop down tab at the bottom left of this forum that may help

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I need to replace a TP-Link N600 router that is constantly dropping G-wifi. The N seems stable enough but TP-Link customer disservice is working at it's peak. Totally hopeless. I have been trying to get them to to take it back for warranty-repairs and all they keep telling me to do is update the firmware.

I had done that before I even contacted them the first time. I am now using some of their Beta firmware and still no change. I have had it with TP-Link.

So, looking for 4 x Gigabit LAN, G and N wifi at 450 to 600 Gb. An AC-wifi might be nice, but when N is working right, it does all I need. I still need G for my windows phone. {sigh}

I have just tried Zyxel, Edimax and Netgear. Returned them all as the TP-Link when running right had much better power output on both G and N ate distances. Linksys, not even slightly interested in, so what's left? If a Buffalo, I'd want a non-DD-Wrt version. DD-Wrt is great but too time consuming to configure.

Anyone with personal experience of a router they love that doesn't cost a $100+, care to chime in here.


Answer:Decent Router at reasonable price? NOT TP-Link

I got a little-known Router from Western Digital [yeah, the hard drive company] over a year and a half ago, cost $60. When I first got it I'd have to turn the Wi-Fi off [switch on the front] about once a week to re-establish it. After about a month I got a firmware update for it and haven't had a problem since. It's been running 24/7 since 9/11 but we had a transformer blow down the road that day and were without power 6AM until about 7PM that day. Didn't help to also have 10" of snow.

I've set up D-Link and Netgear Routers and haven't had call-backs on them yet.

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