Computer Support Forum

Penny for your thoughts: 2017?

Question: Penny for your thoughts: 2017?

Much has been made of the demise of WP/W10M. I myself have owned almost every WP flagship, but sadly have moved on (though I might by one as a secondary device).
But I'm curious what everyone thinks about the state of W10 as a whole in 2017 (especially compared to Mac OS and Android's Desktop like experience)?
Also, how do you think the MS ecosystem is doing? We may have lost ground in mobile but I'm curious to get your thoughts about the rest of the W10 world.

Relevance 100%
Preferred Solution: Penny for your thoughts: 2017?

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

Answer: Penny for your thoughts: 2017?

Originally Posted by Byrese Much has been made of the demise of WP/W10M. I myself have owned almost every WP flagship, but sadly have moved on (though I might by one as a secondary device).
But I'm curious what everyone thinks about the state of W10 as a whole in 2017 (especially compared to Mac OS and Android's Desktop like experience)?
Also, how do you think the MS ecosystem is doing? We may have lost ground in mobile but I'm curious to get your thoughts about the rest of the W10 world. Coming fresh off the build day two conference I think the future looks very bright.
MS is clearly ahead in its OS intergration of mixed reality.
Cortana skills offered contextually, will likely put MS ahead of the curve on voice, given a) its offered proactively not merely triggered b) it's a platform 100's of millions of people have access to already (unlike speakers).
There are also definite gains in terms of AI in general, and all those are available to use by developers.
Across device intergration makes windows open arms policy towards other platforms very attractive. Whether you are an android user, or a ios, your devices will work better together with windows and MS services than the other way around.
The incoming UI changes, make windows more attractive visually than other OSes. And they better suit mixed reality.
With system wide pen intergration, windows will be WELL ahead of other OSes in terms of the stylus.
UWP is picking up some steam with windows s (before release even - Spotify and iTunes are both already coming to the store), and will pick up more with the new xamarin, and windows on arm.
The shift to UWP and modernizing software is a slow transition for developers. But like the move from 16 bit, and 98 to XP before it, It'll happen. MS's windows 10 is conceived as both a hybrid OS that can run on everything from phones to mixed reality AND a more secure modernized application platform with a codebase that is more re-useable. It's a total refresh of the OS, in the vein of the move from windows 3.1 to 95 was, BUT BIGGER.
Apple and Google have not yet even released a hybrid OS. They show no indications of moving into AR/VR substaintially, with their OS itself (yet). None of the other Assistant platforms are as open to developers, nor are their development kits receiving as much love.
When apple and google actually make their hybrid OS (such as the project frushia for google), or apple it's rumoured AR project, I think we'll be able to make fairer comparisons.
Currently iOS and OSX do well enough (although iPhone sales are definitely losing steam in the market, which really should worry apple as its primary revenue stream), but they are not unified platforms. Android and ChromeOS do pretty well (a billion devices!), but they are not unified, and exist primarily on technologies that will be overshadowed by future tech.
Windows 10, is essentially "first to market", and has some years of lead time. I think that's what people don't grasp. How big a change windows 10 is, from "a desktop OS" or its previous incarnations. Windows 10, isn't supposed to be a "desktop OS" - its supposed to be the OS the unifies all hardware platforms. It's a massive refresh.
Of course, the herculean task of bringing all these features, whilst rolling out yet unannounced features like the adaptive cshell - its a heavy coding burden, and it takes time.
In that respect windows 10 is basically a work in progress. Not merely something that is being updated but something that "isn't done yet".
It works great as a desktop OS, and on a tablet and is complete in one sense, but the full vision of unification, mixed reality, conversation as a platform is still being added to.
Which is another reason why its earlier release than any other hybrid OS is important - competitors have A LOT of catching up to do, by the time they get their products to market.
MS is a little behind on its ambitious 1 billion devices goal, but having climbed to 500 million users on windows 10, and with the momentum it has this year, I can only see things getting stronger over time.

more replies
Relevance 84.46%

have any member here used this ad blocker before? I use to really like it, but somehow the updates don't do anything anymore and the software won't update to ver. 5 sadly this was my 5 star ad blocker 4 years ago now is not good.

any thoughts?

Answer:Can I have a penny for your thoughts on admuncher?

Forget that Vapourware and move on to AdBlock Plus,Edge or Adguard or any adblocker other than Ad Muncher.

2 more replies
Relevance 83.64%

EVGA 017-P3-1294-AR GeForce GTX 295 1792MB 896 Bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
Item #: N82E16814130473
Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy $589.99
1 Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 64-bit for System Builders - OEM
Item #: N82E16832116488
Software Return Policy $99.99
1 Intel Core i7 940 Nehalem 2.93GHz LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor Model BX80601940 - Retail
Item #: N82E16819115201
Processors (CPUs) Return Policy $569.99
1 CORSAIR DOMINATOR 6GB (3 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Triple Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model TR3X6G1600C8D - Retail
Item #: N82E16820145224
Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy $156.00
1 EVGA 141-BL-E759-A1 LGA 1366 Intel X58 SLI Classified Intel Motherboard - Retail
Item #: N82E16813188047
Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy $449.99
1 OCZ Apex Series OCZSSD2-1APX120G 2.5" 120GB SATA II Internal Solid state disk (SSD) - Retail
Item #: N82E16820227411
Limited Non-Refundable 30-Day Return Policy $299.00

just bought that all from newegg. did i do good?

Answer:New PC, specs inside, penny for your thoughts

The longest you will have to wait for a few years is for the parts to get there. That will make for an insanely fast comp.


1 more replies
Relevance 57.81%

Hi ,  I am trying to download the BIOS update for X1 carbon 4th gen 20FB and i couldnt find that in this page. Can you please difrect me where to get it ? Thanks,Ramesh

Answer:LEN-18282: Reading Privileged Memory with a Side Channel CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, CVE-2017-575

Welcome to the CommunityThe BIOS update is published on the laptop' download page
The link to the BIOS update is present on the page you've mentioned, unfortunately without laptop' MT code or x1 Carbon its generation #:
ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga - Affected - N1FET59W - - 1/7/2018

1 more replies
Relevance 53.71%

Hi everyone, i have quite a few questions so i'll post separate threads rather than pollute one thread. I'm wanting to get something a lot better than windows defender. Comcast is my ISP so i can get NIS for free. As most of you are aware of Norton hasn't been doing a great job these days. There has been multiple vulnerabilities in its products that actually decreases the security of windows. Still NIS still does a pretty good job of scoring pretty well in the various test in terms of protection. I was thinking on going with either bitdefender or KIS but of course i would have to pay for those. If you were me would opt for NIS because its still pretty dang good and worlds better than bit defender or would you opt for one of the better products like KIS or bitdefender?

Answer:Kaspersky IS 2017 vs Norton IS 2017 vs Bitdefender IS 2017

bitdefender free+ CF and SAP i think will be good

11 more replies
Relevance 52.07%
Question: Ms Penny

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD E-240 Processor, AMD64 Family 20 Model 1 Stepping 0
Processor Count: 1
RAM: 2662 Mb
Graphics Card: AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics, 384 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 226203 MB, Free - 167180 MB;
Motherboard: TOSHIBA, Portable PC
Antivirus: AVG AntiVirus Free Edition 2014, Disabled

Answer:Ms Penny

What is your question ????

3 more replies
Relevance 51.66%

Hi, Sorry to bother you all, I need help.

I've tolerated years of having a good computer which i spent good money on and never being able to utilize its capability. The straw that broke the camel's back was just now when I started to play empire total war and it was being all slow and choppy. Also in the graphics section in the options it has the high and ultra high options greyed out. Does anyone know what I can do to get my graphics card to live up to its potential? I have two graphics cards running sli (whatever that is) so I must have a good graphics engine capable of playing any game on the market today. I spent thousands on this system and I would just like to know how to make it work like the time machine I imagined it was when I bought it. Any help would be more than appreciated

Answer:HELP FOR A New guy? Penny for the homeless

Hi dandadandan,

Could you please let us know what your system specs are? This will enable us to help you. It could be that you require an updated driver for your graphics, or more RAM in your system or even other things.

6 more replies
Relevance 51.66%
Question: paco/penny

I have an HP DV9821ea laptop which was purchased 1/10/2008 and am unable to write anything to a disc. Had laptop checked by my local P.C. repair Company and advised this is a hardware problem which they cannot fix can anyone advise?


Can you use the dvd writer at all ?

5 more replies
Relevance 50.84%

Are the graphics cards manufacturers taking the liquid bodily waste?O:K:Canyou tell the difference?Frame rates are up to the point where your monitor is slower!On todays games a gf3 is plenty fast enough.The mfrs are relying on people wanting"cutting edge",even though the software does not need it at the moment.Wait until the games are written for the cards,by which time the mfrs will have made a new "cutting edge"card and the old one will be half price.Thoughts?

Answer:Graphics cards.In for a penny>>>

Hi tenor, yes I think to some extent tha manufacturers are taking advantage of the fact that some people will always pay more just to have the latest and fastest technology. Also they tend to create a product and then the software designers will take advantage of it. The same has happened with processors. There are plenty of people who will happily pay over 500 for a 3.06ghz P4, while I would expect to build a complete computer for less than that. Of course those of us who have our feet closer to the ground reap the benefit of this high flying technology by buying products of the specification that was leading-edge a couple of years ago, that is adequate for most applications and at a much more sensible price.

3 more replies
Relevance 49.61%

hey i really need ur help, i couldn't send u a private message so this will have to do. i even requested to be ur friend

i noticed you helped the other person with her problem really well and solved it for her ( you know the one with the intel and sound problems? same title hint hint) : p
well i have the same problem but a different computer
everytime i try to go to device manager and update the audio devices,
the second it gets halfway into installing, my computer restarts..
now recently i had a virus problem but thank goodness my brother cleaned out my desktop but it left me musicless.
i did everything you told that other person to do
i downloaded the right chipset driver, i think, matching my via k8t800 chipset.
i downloaded that tugzip35 and i followed that girl's WHOLE step by step instructions at the very end of this forum thingy or whatever they call it
but the main flaw was where she referred to go to the "number 5" here where im supposed to download that link from ur post number 5. it seems to be a flaw for me because isn't it just for intel? while i have my microsoft xp, asustek computer.?? (im sorry if i totally killed how to name my own computer..)

so i couldn't go through all the way to getting my sound device fixed
ive been at this for 2 days and nights including this very school day.. i skip... Read more

Answer:Multimedia Audio Controller H.E.L.L. PART2 (FOR DAN PENNY or anybody really)


Sadly you cannot follow that thread as the drivers listed are while for a sound issue, are for a different chipset and likely audio driver, so the below info shoudl help us to find out what PC make model or what Motherboard you have as the drivers in many cases need to be the right ones as there are many with same name but not same version or in the case of OEM makers, many are custom designed.

If your PC is one from the likes of DELL, HP, Sony,ASUS etc what is the Make and model varient as this will assist us if we need drivers?

If your PC is a home or custom build what is the motherboard make and version?

To find this info you can use the likes of Everest to find this info, at times a summary log of your PC can help, to do this

Install Everest and run
Click Report (top menu) > Report Wizard > Next
Choose All Pages > Next
Choose Plain Text > Finish and wait for report to generate
Click Save to File and leave the File Name as Report, then click the Save as Type dropdown and choose Report files (*txt) and click Save (n.b. Save to desktop is best as easy place to find it, use Browse to locate desktop)

Then attach your log to your next post as per these instructions HOW TO: Attach Items To Your Post

10 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

Good evening everyone. Thanks for your access to this thread. I hope you to read and answer for this question.

I want to ask everyone that which software should I use for keeping security of my PC.

Now I am using Bitdefender Total Security 2017 as main anti-malware soft on my main desktop PC.
And also I was using F-secure SAFE as anti-malware soft on my PC until last week.

Yesterday, I heard that new Avast Antivirus 2017 was released, and new Avast Free is including behaviour scanning system.

I am having trouble deciding which software should I use as anti-malware soft.
Please tell me about your recommend.

I think that...

?Protection features
Better : Bitdefender 2017 > F-secure SAFE > Avast Free 2017

?Performance and speed
Lighter : Avast Free 2017 > F-secure SAFE > Bitdefender 2017

?the risk of false positive trouble
Bigger risk : F-secure SAFE > Avast Free 2017 > Bitdefender 2017

?SSL (HTTPS) Scanning is enable without fake SSL certificate to browser
Unnecessary fake certificate : Avast Free, F-secure
Need fake certificate : Bitdefender Total

F-secure SAFE is the very nice solution as protection from malwares and keeping speedy PC. But it is having big risk of false positive ratings; especially the website blocking is not good with many many false positive ratings. And, sometimes slow down my PC.

Bitdefender Total Security 2017 is the best solution as protection from malwares. This software is providing users very nice anti-malware solu... Read more

Answer:Avast Free 2017 vs F-secure SAFE vs Bitdefender Total Security 2017

Quick question, why Bitdefender Total Protection? Do you need ALL those additional features, or looking for an Antivirus only, because there are Bitdefender Antivirus Plus and Free versions.

What about other protection software like Emsisoft Anti-Malware/Internet Security or ESET Nod32 Antivirus/Internet Security?

11 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

My BD sub expires soon. Trying to decide whether I should switch to Norton 2017. It's my understanding that Norton is no longer the grand POS it used to be.

What say you?

More replies
Relevance 48.38%

Hello, Guys!
I'm new on this forum but I Really Really like this good Forum
So I had Emsisoft for couple of months now
But Recently I've switched over to Avast Premier Beacuse I've never used Avast before So I wanted to try It out
But now I'm without any AV As I do not know what to Install Avast or Emsisoft!
I have licences for both So thats not the problem
Thanks In Advance And btw This forum really nice.

Answer:Avast Premier 2017 Vs Emsisoft Internet Security 2017

Both have excellent protection functions, but certainly they are two different security solutions.
I think the choice of one or the other one is really subjective, I've used Emsisoft for many years and it is my first choice

46 more replies
Relevance 48.38%

College Football Picks 2017-2018 Season Charlotte at Eastern Michigan Eagles September 01, 2017 @ 06:30pm

Charlotte at Eastern Michigan Eagles


Charlotte 22.903 26%
Eastern Michigan Eagles 30.181 74%


Charlotte +14.0 59.5 over
Eastern Michigan Eagles -14.0 59.5 under

Get full analysis, detailed write-ups, and official picks at

More replies
Relevance 48.38%

Well my Nephew put a penny in it and it isnt recognized anymore, but I hate using USB DVD Rom Drives, so I was hoping that I can fix this. So I'll start out with...

1. I am wondering if you fellas can help me:

A. make sure my DVD Rom might still work.
B. make the Laptop Recognize this DVD Rom Drive
C. find a compatible Laptop Drive that FIT's in this Laptop of >>>Mines<<<
D. Fix my DVD Drive and give suggestions

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

2. I have two PCMIA slots on this laptop, I think, and well:

A. Even though I tried lookin for em, are there any PC Cards that are special like Antivirus, Storage, or like Cooling System etc.
B. Are there any Cards that do something else besides: Sound Quality, Graphics, Networking?

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3. I notice on my laptop there is a Slot labeled with an S. It looks like a slot for mouse/keyboard, but it doesn't fit and this laptop only supports USB Mouse and Keyboard.

Answer:My nephew put a penny in my Laptop DVD Rom Drive + Rare/Special PC Cards + S Slot?

The "S" might possibly be S-Video out; as they look similar to the PS/2 ports mice and keyboards use.

4 more replies
Relevance 47.97%

A couple of years ago I moved myself and some of the fam from Apple Everything to Windows 10. Yesterday however, I bought an new 2017 iPad. I really love the Surface devices, so why?
First, because Microsoft are no longer supporting the phones that are in our house, we are being forced from that platform. So rather than living and breathing completely and happily inside the Microsoft ecosystem, I am now forced to diversify and go elsewhere. This really is a big deal, and changes my thinking from the unthinkable (leaving the MS ecosystem) to the possible (shifting back towards Apple). That being the case, why should I then buy a Microsoft Surface tablet (I was planning to buying a new Surface Pro M3) when I an now FORCED to be open to Apple and Android?
Second, Microsoft have made my leap back to Apple so easy, because they have done what Apple and Google have refused to do, which is to make their software available on the others' platforms. Thus the transition to iPad is easy. For example, Word and PowerPoint are effectively free (via my 365 account that I will not be renewing at full cost next time; I will use the academic version which costs me almost nothing). Outlook on iPad is a great app (better than on PC platform). Lots of other apps that Microsoft that I use are also really nice on iPad (e.g. Wunderlist) and made the transition really simple and clean.
Third, the Facebook app on iPad is ... Read more

Answer:I did the unthinkable and chose a 2017 iPad over a 2017 Surface Pro M3

Microsoft are no longer supporting the phones that are in our house, we are being forced from that platform
Can't make sense of that. Presumably you have really old windows phones that no longer get updates?
And what does that have to do with what tablet you use? Windows has timeline, cloud clipboard and a whole host of platform agnostic features coming this fall, so Windows will play nice with android or ios (better than those OSes play with any other).
You don't even need your tablet, desktop and phone to be the same platform. You just need the same services, which for MSFT, exist on every platform.

1 more replies
Relevance 45.1%

I'm trying to push out the update for the CVE-2017-11937 and CVE-2017-11940 vulnerabilities through WSUS but I can't find the KB# for either of them. Anyone know what KB# these two have?

More replies
Relevance 45.1%

Hi guys
Wich do you perfer?

Answer:avast 2017 or F secure 2017?

Avast has nicer user interface and more features besides that everything else is pretty similar.

6 more replies
Relevance 43.87%

On my Windows 10 pro PC, I'm running (BDTS 2017 + Voodoo Shield Pro + Malwarebytes 3), and this combo is very smooth for me, but when I saw the results of MT tests here : AV Test - MalwareTips - Bitdefender Report - March 2017 and here : AV Test - MalwareTips - Kaspersky Report - March 2017, I think that these tests demonstrated that Kaspersky did a better job then Bitdefender
So my question is to know if it is a good idea to replace BD by KIS on my config ?
NB: I have paid keys for both

Answer:Bitdefender Total Security 2017 vs Kaspersky Internet Security 2017

1/ kaspersky with tweaked settings alone

2/ kaspersky, slightly tweaked + Voodoshield

3/ bitdedender with ATC = aggressive + ransomware protection enabled | Heuristics = normal

40 more replies
Relevance 41.82%

Good evening everyone! Thank you for your access to here and reading my post.
Tonight, I want to ask you that how much the Avast Free Antivirus reaches some solid anti-malware software, which are the paid version.

Now I am using F-secure SAFE as Trial license on desktop PC, which is one of the mine.
It seems to nice for protect PC and F-secure SAFE is light despite it is one of the very strong scanning system as consumers.

But now, I am worrying about false blocking by browsing protection of F-secure SAFE.
In usually, f-secure is not making something to bad situation for me, I am feeling it.
But the Browsing protection feature of F-secure SAFE blocks websites too many times.
The most of sites,which were blocked by F-secure are obviously safe. Of cause, they are judged safe sites by other major antimalware soft (e.g. Avast, Bitdefender Total Security).

So I want to compare them; Avast Free Antivirus 2017 and F-secure SAFE 2017(or Internet Security 2017).
I want to ask you that which is the more strong software under the below situation...

OS is Windows10 Home and updated with latest security patch.
Main browser is the latest of Mozilla Firefox with ublock origin.
If I use Avast Free 2017, I will configure some setting (e.g. File Shield, Mail Shield, Web Shield, and Behavior Shield) to aggressive security level. For example, I will configure by referring to this page avast! Optimal Protection settings by RejZoR​
I heard that the latest edition of Avast Free A... Read more

Answer:"Avast Free 2017 with aggressive setting" vs "F-secure SAFE 2017"

Try Avast with these settings. How to setup Avast Internet Security for Maximum Protection (2016 Guide)

1 more replies
Relevance 41.82%

I know 2017 version of avg devoloped from Avast. And also both of them use the same engine. But i want to ask you a question. Which one have more feature at the moment? And which one do you recommend to install my computer?

Sorry for my bad english.

Thank you in advance.

Best regards.​

Answer:Avast 2017 vs AVG 2017

Hey man. Of the two I would choose Avast, much more reliable and customizable.
My personal choice is Bitdefender though. I believe you could do some research on Youtube so that you form your own opinion. Here are some interesting channels:

The PC Security Channel [TPSC]
Malware Blocker
Aca Faca

Make sure to post on Security Configuration Wizard forum your full setup after you made your choice

26 more replies
Relevance 38.13%

Just threw this article together, I want all the brain's in this forum to chip in and if there is anything missing from this article (at all!) let me know ASAP, in this thread.

A top quote :

Previously we wrote a long post about Best Laptops for Hackers, which included a run-down on the best laptops for programming and penetration testing (pen-testing). This article turned out to be very popular even though it wasn't exactly intended to be that, now we are proud to finally publish the long-requested article of 'Best Laptops for Video Game System Emulation'.

The idea of this post is to give an accurate summary of which laptops are suited for, or adept at emulating various consoles and their games, and which ones also can easily perform these duties, at the lowest possible cost.

Now obviously, the better hardware you have the better your system will be at emulating other hardware/software. That doesn't necessarily mean a more expensive laptop. Where the demands of hacking and pen-testing demand vital and significant internal storage, the prerequisites for game emulation are generally just a good graphics processor, and good RAM/CPU.

Your laptop should also be in good working order and not muddled with high-risk pirated downloads and large bits of video. To emulate efficiently, you should also have as little processes and programs running in order for the emulator to run smoothly.

These are all common sense tips but...
If you are lo... Read more

More replies
Relevance 34.44%

Does anyone have AOL, and if so, have you upgraded to AOL 9.1? If you did, how did it go? Any problems or issues? Due to past problems with AOL, I am VERY leary of downloading & installing anything new AOL. All things considered, everything seems to working relatively fine right now, and I don't want to mess that up.

Currently, I'm using AOL 9.0 Optimized SE with a broadband connection (DSL), on a gateway computer running XP home, SP2, 265 mb ram, 40 gb hard drive, with 16.7 gb free. I'm wondering if it would be smart to upgrade to AOL 9.1 - will that be better? Or will it be even more of a resource hog & cause more problems? I guess I should learn my lesson, and not ever trust anything from AOL ever again and just leave well enough alone, but I guess there's a part of me that always holds out hope for those things that seems beyond hope.

Besides, they are saying that this update is "mandatory". I'm wondering what they mean by "mandatory"? Do I HAVE to update? What will happen if I don't? I'm kind of hoping I can keep using 9.0 OSE indefinitely.

Answer:Thoughts on AOL 9.1?

Here is what the AOL faq said about version 9.1

What's new in AOL 9.1?
AOL 9.1 is an update of our all-in-one software, which provides new features to further enrich your online experience. Key enhancements to AOL 9.1 include:
-The ability to browse the Web without signing on when you have a broadband or third-party dial-up connection
-An Inbox-style mailbox with unlimited storage
-Increased flexibility with the addition of express and customized installation options
-The ability to easily find and add RSS feeds to your Favorites while browsing
-Quick access to the latest news by clicking or hovering over the News icon in the Toolbar

In my opinion I would stop using the AOL software immediately and move to something else. If you have a third party broadband connection you shouldn't pay extra for aol's services. To me that is pure idiocracy. If your worried about email sign up for gmail, in my opinion it is much better than AOL mail, offers plenty of space and it is free. As for a browser, I'd move to Opera (my personal preference) or firefox. Heck, Internet explorer would be better then the AOL browser. Finally, their software does slow down your computer tremendously, uninstalling it will free up memory and make your computer have better performance overall.

5 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: thoughts on DA2

I played DA2 for now 3 days and i'm pretty tired of it already.
graphics are fine and such but how the game is played.
it's just terrible.
I knew already that you had only 1 race to play with.
but that there only be levels that you repeatly go back again and again.
that's awful:banghead
oke a city i can live with that its always the same but a dungeon not.
there only 3 to 4 dungoen's that you can go into only the route is a little different!:cry
also you cannot talk freely to your companions
it's just feel more like a big expansion pack then a real sequel.
it's certainly got more away from DAO awaking then the whole DAO.
which was much much larger.
what are your thoughts about it?

Answer:thoughts on DA2

i was just about to post looking for reviews and opinions on this game.. I loved the first one but haven't purchased the second yet. What are your thoughts Mimsy?

6 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: XP vs 7 - thoughts

Hey guys,

Currently running a 32 bit OS with Vista. My computer supports 64 bit, but I am not sure how to go about installing it. Ive tried installing XP 64 and Windows 7 64, but I cannot not proceed to the setup because my operating system is not compatible. Ive tried restarting and booting from the CD and doesn't work.

But to my question, I currently have 2 GB of RAM, and going to 4 GB. As you guys know, 32 bit OS wont recognize anything past 3. Would you recommend going with XP or 7 if you are looking for a fast robust system.


Answer:XP vs 7 - thoughts

You can certainly upgrade from Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit. You'll have to do a custom install which will wipe out the existing Windows installation and move it to a Windows.old folder. You have to boot from the Windows 7 installation disk. You can't run it from within Windows Vista. If you want to do that, provide more details as to what isn't working.

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I'd like to get the most out of what I got. My mother board is an abit IP35 Pro. And for speakers I have Creative Inspire P7800.

Coming out of the sub are all the outputs for center, sub, left & right (front, side and rear). The output cords that came with the speakers don't fully match the input for the onboard sound card.

I really don't want to spend $70+ on a sound card. Seems the onboad sound is rather descent. Sound I spend the $20-30 to get the cords that are missing. Seems that cords supplied with the speakers have 4 leads coming out of the sub and then they combine something into 3 leads going into the sound card.

Now when I go to mess around with the sound within windows I can't get anything to be produced out of the side speakers.

What would be my best option(s)?

I do appreciate the input!


Answer:Need some thoughts on what to do!

Did you install the Sound Card Application or just the drivers? Try the application. I guess it's Soundmax?

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

HiMy niece is lucky enough to be having a PC for her birthday. The requirements are for something to help with her homework and a bit of internet access as well as being as cheap as possible.I have found the Dell Dimension 3100 click here for 289 delivered.I have a couple of questions which I hope the forum may be able to resolve.1. The package comes with a free printer, but no printer cable (Dell charge 10 at the moment for a cable). I assume it is a standard USB cable and nothing special??2. I think that theere is integrated Ethernet connection. Does anyone agree??3. If we wished to upgrade the memory or graphics at a later date would it be ok to insert these without invalidating the warranty?Any input welcome as well as alternatives for the same price (around 300).Regards

Answer:New PC - Your thoughts welcome

Initially looks OK for the money. Expandability a bit cramped with only 2 PCI slots plus a PCI Express, and only a 230w power supply. You'll need a modem whether broadband or dialup by the looks of things, and a graphics upgrade (presumably via the PCIe slot as this is all you have) is a must if games are on the cards. Regarding the warranty, suggest you get a green light from Dell before you commit.

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

the A7V8X-MX WITH A 2.4 CPU

Answer:can i have your thoughts on this mb

intrested in hearing peoples thoughts about this m/b as i am ordering it tonight

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Need your thoughts

I'm facing a very tough situation. Here I have a package that has two components, the key one is of course mine and its installation is always reliable, the other one is ms sql server 2005 express (which my company has been granted to redistribute). However, the problem is, Redmond (Microsoft)'s sql server 2005 express has quite a bit of installation problem especially for Vista machine, and the worst thing is, it could also crash a user's machine's during its installation, which is totally unacceptable. Microsoft is aware of it, however, it turns a blind eye to it, which is of course despicable as a company (even though you offer it for free).

In the meantime, MS has an element for system configuration checking to see if a machine would be able to install sql server for sql server 2008. Hence, I've requested MS via its Connect or whatever they call it to create a standalone utility for this checker for SQL Server 2005 Express 4 days ago. I thought the request is reasonable, however, no response whatsoever. Have posted the issue and request to most relevant sql forums to no avail. What's next? Bomb those mf??kers???? (who's responsble for creating problems)

FYI, my product is not their competitor neither, who am I? For argument's sake, even if the product is, it's not a zero sum game. What the ****, Microsoft, why do you **** on little guys like us??

Seeking an alernative to sql server 2005 express would be very costly, losing ... Read more

More replies
Relevance 34.44%

click hereI've been offered one but am not sure if it is any good. Are they worth using? Can they be used simply for connecting without the use of the sim - ie via wi-fi when travelling?I know nothing about these or similar PDA thingies :-)Thanks as always.

Answer:Any thoughts on one of these?

Looks way too complicated for me D.. S..!

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

This is a "New" Case/Chassis by Gigabyte. I guess they are jumping into the chassis market.

It's called the 3D Aurora. Although the name is pretty lame and over used, it looks pretty nice. And has some good features. Although if they are planning on selling this chassis they need much better pictures of it. The pics on their site are all too small. If i'm going to buy a case i want close-ups of every angle. Like does.

Here check it out:

What do you think?

Here's a better pic.

Answer:What are your thoughts on this?

Its plain looking with a pretty cool side panel... good case IMO.

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: IE9 Thoughts

Hello all,

I did not notice any threads talking about their thoughts of IE9, so I decided to make one. Here you can discuss all of your thoughts, ideas, rants, suggestions, and any other topic pretaining to IE9.

I personally like it. I have been using Chrome for a while and decided to try the beta. I was actually impressed at the improvement over the other versions.

I'm curious as to what you guys are thinking, look forward to hearing your responces!

Answer:IE9 Thoughts

The install completely messed up my computer with some massive registry damage. I had to restore my entire SYSTEM and USERS hive! Apart from that, I am really impressed. Finally, an Internet Explorer that does not spend 2 minutes loading non existent toolbars. The only possible thing: I still do not like the Close Tabs dialogue. It is still not as immediately obvious, or clean, as the Firefox one.

30 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts on SP3?

Has anyone successfully upgraded to the new Windows Service Pack 3 for XP Home? If so, how did it go? Are you have any issues or problems? Just wondering if it's a smart thing to do, or if I go on indefinitely running on SP2.

For the record, my gateway computer is running on XP home, SP2, 256 mb ram, 40 gb hard drive, with 16.7 gb free.

And I have no way to backup all my files, so I'm a bit aprehensive because of that. (Some recent bad updates - like KB951748 & a recent bad AVG update - have left a bad taste in my mouth, and I'm hoping I can leave well enough alone, without possibly doing more damage with yet another update)

Answer:Thoughts on SP3?

Yes, it is the smart thing to do. More security first and foremost. Better performance also. You should do it. Update your PC.

However, "Microsoft Update" is not easy in this case. Little bugs sneak in during install - sometimes, that is. Not always. But this means that you risk running into "issues" later for example after a reinstall. This wipes SP3 out. And then you have to face "Microsoft Update" all over again.

No big problem. You can always try again, - should the bugs sneak in. Unless you don't have the patience.

For that purpose we have the non-geek pay-a-little-money-solution: get SP3 on a disk from Microsoft. This here is the international link. And this for the US and Canada. Finally Microsoft about SP3 here.

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I've been asked to be a beta tester for Bullguard 4.0. What do you guys think? Good or bad thing..should I get involved?

Answer:Your thoughts please

as long as the uninstaller works, i'd do it.

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I accedently downloaded IE7 this last updated I did and thought it was the tabs...miss a few buttons though. But it seemed to start freezing up and crashing almost anytime i ran with it for awhile. I've done all kinds of scans and stuff and no spy/maleware or viruses. Is anyone else having the same problem? I uninstalled it and went back to 6 (yes i use FF to) but my girl don't wanna try something new with the net??? And it does the same to her too. And I'm getting the blame...any thoughts about it?

Answer:IE7...your thoughts.....

Actually, I was kinda impressed with IE7 (never thought I'd say that about an MS browser). Liked the tabs, seemed fairly fast, didn't like the menu bar not being on top till I found a fix for that here at Major Geeks. Never did crash on me, but then I may not have used it long enough to see if it would crash.

Had to uninstall and go back to IE6 due to the fact that some dll files associated with IE7 were not compatible with my HP psc printer. Couldn't scan anymore with the all-in-one. Not MS fault. HP promises a patch for this problem but I won't hold my breath!

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: VPN thoughts?

Hello all.

as a security concious user i am considering a VPN service like this one (came highly recommended)

You guys here seem much smarter than me and i would love to hear your thoughts, here are my reasons for considering this solution

I live in the UK where privacy is becoming a thing of the past.]

I like to watch TV shows from the USA and as i cant buy them over here for months i on occasion may use other methods to get them , this service makes this safer and easier i think.

This service seams well priced for a massive gain in my online security.

i would like to know if i could put the settings onto my router and use it directly like that. (my isp is talk talk, using talk talk router)

does anyone recommend another service? if so why?

thank you in advance for yoru help, you guys always have the best answers

EDIT: I signed up to the service. so far so good

Answer:VPN thoughts?


1 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I recently had a friends Toshiba satellite laptop which would not shut down and kept locking up, to have a look at.
I ran sfc/scannow and that cured the shut down problem.
However I cannot cure the locking up problem.
I ran an AVG rescue disk to check for any virus and that came up clean, I ran memtest and that was also OK.
This laptop is 5 years old and runs Vista basic, there is no back up, OS disk or hidden partition so I cannot restore it to factory settings.
I tried to download a hard drive test and the laptop locked up, the same happened when I tried to install it from a USB stick.
I ran a live Linux CD and it absolutely flies along.
The only conclusion I can come to is the Hitachi hard drive is dying.
Any one got any other thoughts on this.

Answer:Any thoughts please.

Download free by same people that do CCleaner. Amongst other info and tools it will show state of health of your disk

7 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Any Thoughts

AMD Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition 3.3 GHz Socket AM3 6MB Cache Retail Boxed Processor

CM Storm Scout + Coolermaster Silent Pro 700W Modular PSU *Special Offer Bundle*

Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache

Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3 880G Socket AM3 ONboard 128MB Memory DVI VGA HDMI Out ATX Motherboard

G-Skill 4GB DDR3 1333MHz Ripjaws Memory Module CL9 (9-9-9-24) 1.5V X2

LiteOn iHAS224 24x DVD?RW DL RAM & Lightscribe SATA Optical Drive - OEM Black

Sapphire Radeon HD 5850 1GB GDDR5 PCI-Express NEW

How does this look my budgets ?600 thanks

Answer:Any Thoughts

I would personally get XFX over Sapphire but nothing looks too bad, you can get better graphics performance than the 5850 but I have one and I'm happy with it.

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%


Im am just after some thoughts and opinions on the rough value of the PC below that I am looking to sell. I am upgrading but have no idea what to sell the old one for and don't want to undercut myself or price myself totally out of the market.

Thanks for any thoughts / replies.

This is a home build but a few years old.

Case: Coolmaster Elite 334
PSU: OCZ 700w StealthXstream
CPU: Intel Core2Duo E4600
Motherboard: Asus P5N-E SLi
Graphics: XFX 8800GT Alpha Dog (factory overclocked) with Thermalright HR03-A non-stock heatsink & 90mm fan.
RAM: 2x 1Gb OCZ 800Mhz RAM with heatsinks
Sound: Sounblaster Live 24bit / onboard soundcard aswell
Optical: LG 16x DVD RW
HDD: 1x Sata Maxtor 120Gb
LCD: Samsung SyncMaster 913N 19"
Keyboard: Logitech Mx3000 Wireless
Mouse: Cheap standard wired mouse (as I am keeping my G500)

Will include WIn XP Pro Original CD and product key (obviously) + Slipstreamed SP3 CD

Answer:Thoughts on value of my PC

16 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Recently I hired on at a new job, and after taking inventory of some of the equipment I'm at a bit of a crossroads. This new place has, sitting in the floor (read: barely unpacked) a SAN solution from HP. From what I've seen this includes an 8 port FC switch, the necessary GBICS, the drive array, and the FC cards for my servers.

In the past I've worked with DFS for balancing between multiple servers to increase availability, but I'm wondering about adding the SAN piece to the mix (something I've never deployed).

Here's the question for anyone in the know: Is it a good idea to tie DFS (2003 R2) and SAN technologies together? If so, what additional pieces are involved?

In my ideal scenerio, the SAN would host the files, but the network load would be distributed across the file servers tied into the SAN. Remote site servers would replicate the DFS overnight, giving my users mobility from site to site but still keeping the WAN links free from the bulk of the network's traffic during the day. Would I simply just not enable DFS replication between the servers directly attached to the SAN?

.....and my apologies go out to everyone who was looking for a job change in Oklahoma. We had a new hire before I could even post the opening here for my old job.

Answer:DFS and SAN thoughts

I've always loved storage, but I've never found a site / place / person to teach me about SAN's. Just my luck to find one laying around my new job.

Congrats on the new job though.

7 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Win 7 thoughts.

Just installed Win7 RC yesterday and must say that I'm enjoying using it a lot more than when I first installed Vista (SP1). There aren't any annoying little bugs in the GUI and windows explorer is set out really well. I especially like the new user directory working with the libraries and sub folders. It's just easier to understand and navigate with said library folders in the left hand panel rather than the complete folder list.

It's alot faster than Vista and installed very quickly.

The start menu, task bar and notification area are all totally configurable, which is great. Having a start menu where you can have everything or nothing, fantastic. I also love the way you can move opened programs along the task bar into whatever position you like. After being able to do this on Linux for so long, I really wanted MS to have this feature as well.. and now there it is :-)

As with Vista, MS has opted out of a real time network lights indicator in the notification area, why? Aside from a network gadget or looking at your modem lights... It was just a good idea in Xp that should have continued IMO.

Only one program issue so far... VLC won't play back smooth .avi's without windows turning aero off, the OS turns it back on though as soon as you close VLC.

All in all I'm really looking forward to win 7 being released. I'll be one of the first to buy it. :-)

Answer:Win 7 thoughts.

What version of windows (32 or 64). Upgrade or clean install, what version of VLC, etc. PS, we might be able to help more if you filled in the my system specs in control panel


2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I think the first step is to restart in Safe mode and run smityfix option 2
and then run AVG spyware.
There is in the add and remove programs, Should i remove that from there or will the tools remove it for me. I forgot.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.0 (BETA)
Scan saved at 10:46:28 AM, on 5/2/2007
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exe
c:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exe
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXE
c:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\Security Center\SymWSC.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Access ActiveX Object\isamntr.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Access ActiveX Object\pmsnrr.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.5.0_03\bin\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Access ActiveX Object\pmmnt.exe
C:\Program Files\Video Acce... Read more

Answer:Its been a while can I have some thoughts

You should print out these instructions, or copy them to a NotePad file for reading while in Safe Mode, because you will not be able to connect to the Internet to read from this site.

Next, please reboot your computer in Safe Mode by doing the following :
Restart your computer
After hearing your computer beep once during startup, but before the Windows icon appears, tap the F8 key continually;
Instead of Windows loading as normal, a menu with options should appear;
Select the first option, to run Windows in Safe Mode, then press "Enter".
Choose your usual account.
Once in Safe Mode, open the SmitfraudFix folder again and double-click smitfraudfix.cmd
Select option #2 - Clean by typing 2 and press "Enter" to delete infected files.

You will be prompted: "Registry cleaning - Do you want to clean the registry?"; answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter" in order to remove the Desktop background and clean registry keys associated with the infection.

The tool will now check if wininet.dll is infected. You may be prompted to replace the infected file (if found); answer "Yes" by typing Y and press "Enter".

The tool may need to restart your computer to finish the cleaning process; if it doesn't, please restart it into Normal Windows.

A text file will appear onscreen, with results from the cleaning process; please copy/paste the content of that report into your next reply.

The report can also be found at ... Read more

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Just my thoughts

I just started using 7 and installed 7100 because I wanted to go with something more official and something that would have more support from others who have already installed it.

I hear that the leaked RTMs cannot be activated or something which was another reason I just avoided going higher than 7100.

Anyhow. WOW I mean seriously this is impressive. I was expecting better than vista but the 7100 build for me is making XP pro look bad in more ways than one.

I am sure of one thing. This OS is smokin fast next to anything else I have used and not just fast as in boot time or file access but because it runs so fast and smooth doing work in it has been a real pleasant experience all around.

I noticed one big thing right off and that was the optical drive access times. XP was a real dog when it came to putting any kind of disc in. I always hated having to use anything that was on a DVD or CD because you put the disc in then wait forever for it to load. This is greatly improved in 7 and that alone makes me happy as hell.

Pretty much everything happens faster in this which was actually shocking.

I could go on all day and night about the visual experience this OS is a real work of art as far as the UI goes. And it does that while only using roughly 200mb more ram than XP did for me. Again impressive to say the least.

I also like the fact that I am not rushed to install a graphics driver. I noticed that once I was on the desktop after the install I had no buggyness in the grap... Read more

Answer:Just my thoughts

The latest build I have tried, that could be activated normally with RC - keys was build 7229, and this build is somewhat faster than build 7100. Before you install too much in 7100, PM one from staff for info about getting 7229 (or a later or better build if somebody knows about this).

7229 was for me the best build of those activating normally

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I have cleaned out a ton of stuff, but not quite everything, can anyone take a look at this and tell me if you see anything bad ? I still get pop-ups from 4-5 of the same places, one relates to SANDBOXER, another says something about III-Interactive - Microsoft Internet Explorer

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:11:08 AM, on 3/4/2005
Platform: Windows 2000 SP4 (WinNT 5.00.2195)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Micro Focus\Net Express\Base\bin\mfds.exe
C:\Program Files\Micro Focus\Net Express\mfsql\bin\xsrvnx.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Hardware\Keyboard\type32.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
C:\WINNT\system32\Bjt... Read more

Answer:HJT Log: need thoughts

8 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I am looking at getting a KVM switch for when I am working on computers. I am looking for a two port USB/VGA. I have found these on Newegg and wnated to see what y'all thought or had any other thoughts on an inexpensive one - ENCORE ENKVM-USBB 2-Port USB KVM Switch With Easy Switch and Cable - ATEN CS22U 2-Port USB Cable KVM Switch

I have never heard of either company



Answer:Looking for KVM thoughts

I haven't used one in a while, but I found a low cost IOGear DVI/USB model that had all cables included.

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

This might seem a bit long but, I wanted to hear some thoughts on both the losses and gains.
My current setup consists of:
MB Abit AN8 32x 939 board
CPU Athlon64 3700+ 2.22
3 gig DDR 400Mhz memory Dual Channel
SLI Nvidia 6800GS (2)
Power Supply Corsair HX520W
Various Sata hard drives and such, no worries with those.

As a gift I got a bundle from the egg this week which had the following:
P5Q Pro Turbo motherboard.
Intel E5400 Dual Core 2.7
2 gig of DDR2 800Mhz
750gig Hard Drive
Since there was no new video card with this and the board can run dual ati cards but not sli Nvidia and the motherboard doesn?t carry either an ati nor Nvidia style chipset ( P45/ICH10R ) can I get away with a single Nvidia card from my current setup until I manage a decent ATI card or if I am just wanting to run a single card would I be better with a faster Nvidia card?
I?m guessing the video card will be my bottleneck for the moment. I expect to see a nice jump from the single core AMD to the dual core Intel. Also, if I figure the memory side though I am losing a gig at the moment my speed basically doubled or will I still see a big hit there as well until I get more memory.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Answer:Thoughts on my new set-up

can I get away with a single Nvidia card from my current setup until I manage a decent ATI card or if I am just wanting to run a single card would I be better with a faster Nvidia card?

Yes. But, you do want to upgrade that video card when you can. I personally suggest sticking with Nvidia.
I have an ATI 4890 that I am pleased with it's performance, but drivers still suck.

if I figure the memory side though I am losing a gig at the moment my speed basically doubled or will I still see a big hit there as well until I get more memory.

You will still notice the speed difference in a big way. Where you will see an issue, is games loading.

So, It all depends on what you are doing with the system. 4G is obviously better than 2 if you are gaming. You won't need more than 4G, unless you are doing big video/audio editing and rendering, or virtual machines. Don't let someone talk you into more than 4G if all you are doing is gaming. You will be wasting your money. Save it for a big video card, and/or SSD.

2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

...the story so far (in a nutshell) fed up with paying too much for my Pipex Broadband, requested upgrade several times via e-mail, no reply so asked twice for MAC code- no reply, sat on phone line many times without getting through.Today I finally got through, they offered to Upgrade me to 8 MB connection capped at 2GB (which is just above what I use) for 14.99 but on a year contract (currently paying 22.40 for 2mb connection)but I asked for MAC code, which takes 3 days to generate and I have to ring back back for it!!!Also, bizarrely told me it was no good requesting upgrades or Mac Codes or anything via e-mail or from within My pipex, as it wasn't as "secure" as phoning. i tried pointing out the irony in an ISP provider saying this but it was lost on the chap, he kept saying, "I know we are supposed to be in an age of technology but ..." !!So do I stick with Pipex to save the hassle of new e-mail addresses and router settings etc despite feeling a little aggrieved with them. Or do I pay Zen more for same connection but only a month's notice so could move on again if I wanted to, or if BE became available in my area?or go to Waitrose and pay them 4 a month extra but have the allowancecapped at 5Gb so no worries at all on useage.I'm all of a dither and getting a headache :(Help!

Answer:So what shall I do now? any thoughts please?

I had the same problems with Pipex, now I'm with these click here.

6 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts on Win 7

I had XP for years, no problems, then the mb crashed and burnt, bought new PC with Win 7 about 3 weeks ago, in which time it has crashed (frozen) at least 30 times!!! It has improved since and the problem now is that after starting I can almost guarantee it will freeze on the 1st thing I click on. After re-booting it might still do it again and need another start or it might be ok, if it runs ok it will be ok all day & night, how strange. I need expert advice as to what it might be, if I return it to the shop they will charge me saying my software is a problem!! Can anyone help please. No exotic software is on the PC, just regular stuff.

Answer:Thoughts on Win 7

Quote: Originally Posted by Rogerc

I had XP for years, no problems, then the mb crashed and burnt, bought new PC with Win 7 about 3 weeks ago, in which time it has crashed (frozen) at least 30 times!!! It has improved since and the problem now is that after starting I can almost guarantee it will freeze on the 1st thing I click on. After re-booting it might still do it again and need another start or it might be ok, if it runs ok it will be ok all day & night, how strange. I need expert advice as to what it might be, if I return it to the shop they will charge me saying my software is a problem!! Can anyone help please. No exotic software is on the PC, just regular stuff.

As you no doubt know by now freezing isnt usually caused by hardware. Freezes such as this are often caused by conflicts in software, too little ram, and many other things.

Several things you can try

1-run a system file check to verify and repair your system files
(type cmd in search>right click and run as admin>SFC /SCANNOW)

Let us know the results

2-check event viewer (type eventvwr in search). go to the windows log>application tab. Look for critical errors (they have red in the left hand column) that say app hang, app crash, or anything related to the problem.

When you find them note the event ID and source codes and tell us hat they are.

3-boot into safe mode (with networking). Does it still do it then? If not it is pr... Read more

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: You're Thoughts

Hello, I was just wondering if anyone could give me their thoughts on my choice of certain programs to protect/enhance my computer, and what I they think I should use instead or if its good enough. Kind of a review check-up.

If you don't see anything in the list that I should have, please advise it. I want maximum performance, for sure!
P.S. Can someone tell me what Overclocking is? and if It would be smart for my system? (Dell 3000, 1gb ram, 2.39 ghz)
Antivirus: Norton Antivirus 2005 (Payed for)
Anti Mal-ware: Ewido 4.0 (Payed for)
Ram: Reohix's Fresh RAM 4.0 (Shareware, pending payed for account)
Not a huge list, so thats what I want peoples opinions on.

What I want is:

- A good registry cleaner
- A program that notifies me when my disk's need defragment(s).
- Etc.

Open for anything.
jriceman (Colton)

Answer:You're Thoughts

16 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: your thoughts

Have been looking at a slimline pc from HP click here would appreciate your comments ie pro's and cons of a smaller unit and anyone who has one of these unitsregards

Answer:your thoughts

There's nothing wrong with slimline PCs as long as you don't want to add expansion cards, when your choices may be limited as you will only be able to install low profile units.

5 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I cannot find any lab results regarding Dr Web. Some people speak highly of it so i'm interested to know more about it. I've used the Cureit! scanner a couple times it seemed kind of slow but picked up some trojan threats other big names missed.

1. Where does it stand among top products today?
2. How good are their signatures and zero day?
3. Is it comparable to Kaspersky or even Avira?
4. How good is it at cleaning up already infected systems?

Answer:Thoughts on Dr Web?

This is the best of all, do not worry! I have been using this program since 2013 with SpyShelter Premium and I have always had excellent results!

30 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

I was hoping to get a little feedback on an upgrade for a new graphics card.


I am currently running a EVGA 6800GS 256meg 256bit GDDR3 card which is now 5+yrs old.
My old rig ran SLI and I was running 2 of these. I have to admit they are/were great cards ( I felt anyway ).

My new board can use crossfire but not SLI so I suppose its time to get a new card. My budget though is not great at the moment so I'm sort of tied to around 100-125.00.

I've been researching and doing some reading on different types/clock/speed/size and the like and seems the more
one reads and researches the more difficult choosing a card can get, as opposed to say motherboards/memory/cpu and the

I've narrowed down a few choices, see attached, but would like some feedback or other options as well.
I'm not a big time gamer but, if a decent game comes along that looks like fun I would like to be able to perhaps give it a shot without big worries.. - XFX HD-477A-YDFC Radeon HD 4770 512MB 128-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

2. - GIGABYTE GV-R485OC-1GH Radeon HD 4850 1GB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready CrossFireX Support Video Card

Seems the gigabyte card could be the better value, though the XFX has the faster GDDR5 versus GDDR3 though one has the gig of memory versus 512, but the XFX has the better clock.

Sort of seems like trade offs in both directions.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Thoughts on a new gpu.

I think a lot will depend on how you intend to use it. There are many reviews/threads on hardware forums comparing the two. There is no general consensus, but rather close opinions. Here is 1 review:


A Guy

5 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

cheapest solution = buy another 10/100 hub (4 ports)

unless you want it all in 1 device, there's no performance difference. You don't need to make them a bridge either, that's completely higher up than what your doing. All you need is an uplink port (which is shared with port 1) or a crossover cable. Switches don't need addresses, they forward all data regardless of what protocol you use, the only address system they use are MACs which belong to every networking device anyhow.

You can put 2 subnets on the same physical network, you can make 500 if you want to, no real point to it, but you can, and they won't communicate without a routing device.

I'm still waiting in the MIR from those newegg gigafast's. So unless you don't mind waiting for your money (or for the rebate center to finally crap out the cash *if they do*) then I guess it's an ok deal.

More replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts. are your thoughts on this? And how will i know it'll fit into my PC?


Check your manual for your motherboard or have a look inside your case to see if you have a spare PCI-E slot. If your not sure post your motherboard make and model number in a reply and we'll have a look for you.

Depending on what your main use for the card is to be, are you going to be gaming, video editing or general use?


12 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts

What up with the arms on this hard drive?

Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk


sdsbassist said:

What up with the arms on this hard drive?
Click to expand...

welcome to the forum,

as for the arms they are not returning to rest and are malfunctioning and judging from the sound, its clearly a dud HDD

1 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Your thoughts?

Hi Guys,
Over the last month I've been having some strange problems with my Pc. The monitor Screen After about 2 hours of playing games starts to go dark for a fews secs then light then dark again. This happens until I stop playing games. The Monitor is alright again.Put the game back on and it starts again. But it doesn't do it all the time.

The first time this happened, my pc wouldn't boot up again and my bios got scambled completely. The tech guy had to replace it and flash it. My power box also died.

Today it started again. I turned the game off and rebooted. I put the game back on and it started again. So I shut down my pc waited a minuite and rebooted.Halve way thru booting up my pc shuts down on me and reboots itself going on to the blue scandisk screen.

So what do you think is the problem?

*Monitor going on me?
*cpu or mobo over heating?
*Graphics Card overheating?

When I first boot up in the morning the monitor has light green lines across the screen for about 10mins or so.

My system is

Proview 19" monitor
Soltek Drv5 mobo
Amd Athlon xp 1800+
Asus Geforce4 Ti 4200
256mb ddr 2100 ram

Thanks in Advance


Answer:Your thoughts?

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: any thoughts?

I am building a computer for my parents business, just wondering what everyone thinks of what I have picked out.

Scythe Kama Reader INTERNAL/EXTERNAL Black 3.5IN USB2.0 Flash Card Reader CF SM MS SD MMC XD

AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600+ EE Dual Core Processor AM2 Windsor 2.4GHZ 512KBX2 65W 90NM Retail Box

ASUS M2A-VM mATX AM2 AMD 690G DDR2 PCI-E16 PCI-E1 2PCI Video VGA DVI Sound Motherboard

Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-5400C4PT 2GB 2X1GB PC5400 DDR2-667 CL 4-4-4-12 240PIN Dual Channel Memory

Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro AM2 S754 S939 S940 2200RPM 40CFM Heatsink Fan

LG GSA-H62N SATA DVD+RW 18X8X16 DVD-RW 18X6X16 DL 10X Black OEM DVD Writer W/ SW

Microsoft Windows XP Professional OEM

Creative Sound Blaster X-FI Xtreme Audio 24BIT Sound Card 7.1 PCI OEM

Acer AL1916W Ab 19IN Widescreen LCD Monitor Black 1440X900 700:1 5MS Analog VGA

Logitech Deluxe 250 Desktop Black Keyboard & Optical Mouse PS/2 OEM

Logitech R20 Speakers 2.1 Black 20W RMS

Antec NSK2400 New Solution mATX Desktop Case 2X5.25 2X3.5INT 380W ATX12V V2.0 Silver Black

Linksys WRT54GS WIRELESS-G Broadband Router 802.11G 54MBPS 2.4GHZ 4PT 10/100 LAN W/ Speedbooster


Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA 3GB/S 7200RPM 16MB Cache Hard Drive 5YR MFR Warranty

Answer:any thoughts?

Not sure about the wireless network card for the pc cause I think you'll be faster hooking it straight up to the router, but everything looks good. What kind of business is it if you don't mind?

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

My mobo died a few days ago and instead of replacing it, I'm getting a completely new rig and I'll use the old parts to build a backup computer.

This is it:

Case: Apex Amoris 6010


Mobo: Gigabyte Z68AP-D3-B3

CPU: i5 2500K

GPU: MSI GTX570 Twin Frozr III OC

RAM: DDR3 1600 Kingston HyperX Blu 2x4GB
HDD & BD-RW will remain the same - WD Caviar Black 1TB & LG BH10LS30.
At first I wanted to get the 2600K, but the 2500K is so much cheaper, especially here in Croatia.

I haven't ordered it yet so if you have any better suggestions, please let me know.


More replies
Relevance 34.44%

I was at the store the other day getting a new monitor. One of the guys there was testing a laptop and I can tell it was still at factory settings and I saw Norton antivirus pop up.

I haven't used a factory default in a while. It's either desktops that I've assembled or laptops that need to be reformatted. But I was surprised they still include third party anti virus even tho MSE is free.

Then I remembered MSE is technically separate and has to be downloaded manually. Probably to avoid another anti trust suite. But the manufacturer has to put in some sort of protection so they put in a third party instead.

Is that the current situation? Norton and symantec are going to be around for a while if that's case.

Answer:Just some thoughts on AV

Norton and McAfee likely pay manufacturers a small fee to include their software with computers, which is why manufacturers continue to do it.

1 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Your thoughts?

Hi, just thought I would ask for other peoples opinions on the following:

Had a friend phone me last night because he said his PC turned on and seemed to just go into sleep mode, went and had a look at it this evening, symptoms are as follows.

Turn PC on, fans go, brief HDD activity but nothing on the monitor, no keyboard lights, no POST etc.

Tested with working PSU, same result.

Removed RAM, same result.

Stripped down to just CPU, same result.

Basically, no matter what I do all it does is power on (fans), no POST, no beeps, nothing.

Not going to say what my conclusion was but thought I would ask peoples opinions based on this info

Answer:Your thoughts?

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

In the coming months I will probably be looking at running a new GPU set up. I am strung between the Geforce GTX 295 series or the ATI HD5870. Both look awesome both have good reviews. Although there are some differences. The GTX requires a whopping 680 watts of power to run and the cheapest version (non water cooled) costs a staggering almost $600 bucks. The ATI HD5870 I have heard over and over in benchmark tests it proves faster. Also it requires almost 200 watts less for power supply and it on average costs around $2-$250 less than the Geforce card.

I wanna know your thoughts. I am personally Not a huge ATI fan I have had a couple in the past and I've had some driver compatability issues. But from what I have heard the driver issues are working out and they are becoming lots more reliable. So I think I am shifting to the other side with this. I'd like some input if yall have any good things to offer. Thanks!

Answer:Thoughts on new GPU

I think the ATI sounds good the be honest. That is what I would go with. I usualy use the cheaper nvidia cards and more expensive ati cards.

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: CPU thoughts

Okay so Im thinking of getting a new cpu, since my AMD Athlon 64 3700+ aint really cutting it. Im thinking between x2 4800+, fx57, and fx60. I can save my money up for it in no time, its just I really dont want to blow all my money away. Im a big gamer, so that can give you a clue to what Im looking for. And lastly, is there any chance I can sell my 3700+. Thanks in advance.

Answer:CPU thoughts

I'm sure you would have no problem selling your 3700. I would imagine you could get $150 for it at least.

As for the other chips, the FX60 would obviously be the best choice for gaming. Only you can decide if the $1000 price tag is worth it though. Personally, I would say no. The FX57 would be your next best performance, but the price tag is still pretty high, IMO. The X2 4800 would have better performance when running multiple programs, or multi-threaded applications. However, for gaming, it would be a small step down in performance from the 3700+. Probably not noticeable though.

Tom's Hardware has an article showing a comparison between all CPUs up to the FX-60:

If it were me, I would stick with the 3700+ and not waste $700 (at a minimum) on any of the chips. I am nearly certain a different kind of upgrade would be better. If you post your computer specs, we could give you suggestions on which upgrade that might be...

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: First thoughts

I got this on the friday that it was released 9th first impressions were good, i have it running in a VM with a gig of ram allocated to the machine and the bootup is fast, the overall performance is face and i think they have really made an improvement i am yet to test everythingo n there and have installed firefox which works fine, also getting the live essential pack to be able to use live messenger i am going to install office 2007 to see how that works, but the built in apps have been improved. most of them are taking on the ribbon, such as mspaint which has had a total makeover.whats your thoughts?

Answer:First thoughts

Erm think i will stick to XP for the time being!

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

hey, i am probably going to buy THIS

please leave your feedback on it (good or bad)

Answer:Going to buy this. Your thoughts?

interesting..i guess if you got the money and like that kind of stuff..go for it dood=)

3 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Last thoughts?

Suggestions, please.

I have my main PC down. Came in one day and the lights and fans would spin, but no post and nothing on the screen.

Jumped the BIOS to clear, no change.

Removed hard drives, optical, reseated RAM and Video card nothing.

Removed RAM and graphics card. Still the same. CPU fan, case FAN and lights come on but no beeps.

Right now it I have it with out a CPU, only motherboard and PSU and Case fan, lights come on and nothing else happens.

PSU checks OK with mulitmeter.

So I am down to either a BAD CPU or motherboard, I don't have a spare 939 of either. Any suggestions on how eliminate one or the other.

If it is the mother board I am just going to move to an AM2 platform, because I can get the motherboard, X2 and 2GB RAM for the same price as just the 939 Mobo.

Any suggestions?


Answer:Last thoughts?

11 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Your Thoughts Plz

what do u guys think of this computer i mean gaming wise? would u buy it? isit worth the price? and could i do normal tasks besides games like typing papers?

Answer:Your Thoughts Plz

Try again, your link doesn't point to any particular model .

1 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Any Thoughts?

I just put together a system with an

AMD Athlon 64 3000+
ASUS K8V-SE Deluxe Mobo
512MB Ram
ATI 9600XT 128mb RAM
ATI TV Wonder
Sony DVD+/- RW
Samsung DVD-ROM

When I boot up, it takes about 10 seconds to do all the system checks (even though quick boot is enabled). Then, the hard drive shuts down, the system waits for 30 seconds and then the Hard drive powers back on and windows starts. Once Windows starts, the system works fine and is plenty fast. It seems like I have a wrong setting in the BIOS. Any suggestions? Please emails me at [email protected]


More replies
Relevance 34.44%

Ran this free tool and it logged this. just curious if these proceses all look legit?

*EDITED: Partial Inline HJT log deleted

Answer:Any thoughts on this ?

Welcome to MajorGeeks!

Note: This is not a HijackThis log reading forum. It is a malware cleaning forum, and there is much more to cleaning malware than just HijackThis.

Malware cannot be completely removed just by seeing a HijackThis log. If you need our help to remove malware you must follow the below instructions.Click to expand...

Please follow the instructions in the READ & RUN ME FIRST link given futher down and attach the requested logs when you finish these instructions.

If you have problems where no tools seem to run, please try following the steps given in the below and then continue on no matter what you find. You only need to try the TDSSserv steps if having problems getting scans in the Read & Run Me First. If TDSSserv is not found, just continue on with the READ & RUN ME.
TDSSserv Non-Plug & Play Driver Disable

READ & RUN ME FIRST. Malware Removal Guide

If something does not run, write down the info to explain to us later but keep on going.
Do not assume that because one step does not work that they all will not.
After completing the READ & RUN ME and attaching your logs, make sure that you tell us what problems still remain ( if any still do )!
Helpful Notes:

If you run into problems trying to run the READ & RUN ME or any of the scans in normal boot mode, you can run the steps in safe boot mode but make sure you tell us what you did later when you post logs. See the below if you do not know how to boot ... Read more

1 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Need your thoughts

I'm trying to help the shop my brother works at upgrade/simply the current setup. I think I have a plan down but looking for 2nd opinions.

Multiple 4port hubs with varying speeds from 10Mb to Gbit. I've temp replaced the 10Mb with a Gbit to relieve the bottleneck.
Currently cables looks to be Cat 5 (non-e) at best.

My plan
Replace cabling that I can with Cat 6 plenum
Remove as many hubs as possible
Install two Gbit switches

Green- Devices connecting to internet
Red- 4 Port hubs
Grey- Modem (red next to grey is router)

My original thought was to put a 24port switch in the utility room and rewire but I'm not able to go through walls. I would have to use existing routes which would mean I would need a bundle of 8 wires running out side the wall to under the desk where the devices are sitting (stuff by modem).

I can fairly easily run from utility room to the left where an office is. The other devices all the way to the right is going to be an issue too since there are a couple walls to go over as well as it being about 20ft up.

Current plan
Put 16 port switch by modem under desk to allow for all and future devices to connect without buying new equipment later.
Put 8 port switch in the utility room to link the rest of the building.

This isn't a large shop. Family owned. They don't need anything crazy but want it to work and need stability. I'm looking at using the Netgear GS116NA and Netgear FS108 switches.

Any thoughts on these d... Read more

More replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts on PC? is basically it. i'm pretty confident with it but need some opinions before i finalize it What i will use it for:Some games (example) minecraft, cod, sims 4, etc (GPU can handle these )3D designing and CAD programs like autodesk editing/ watching.and having like 15 to 20 internet tabs open most of the time.Questions: I would like to download movies from iTunes and such. I'm wondering if the networking card i put in it will be slow.Thanks feel free to add stuff that i may need. my budget can stretch to $4000

Answer:Thoughts on PC?

Looks fine other than a couple of issues.The 450w PSU is cutting it way to close and the Corsair CSM series are low quality at best.  Look at something like this: or this if you require modular cabling:, make sure you need 32gb of RAM, RAM is not as cheap as it was a few years ago.  If you do, I'd advice you swap that Corsair Dominator stuff out for something cheaper like this:  Corsair Dominator RAM is really overpriced, you are paying for the looks and that's about it.  The performance benefit is minimal to non-existent.Also consider whether you really need the 980, you are ordering a 1080p monitor which is relatively low resolution, a 970 would be more than sufficient.  Failing this, consider a higher resolution monitor, something like 1440p.  1080p on 27" is pretty horrible, 1440p will at least take advantage of the larger screen by giving you a lot of space to work.Your network card is fine although running a dedicated wire to the router will always be better than a wireless connection so do this if it is at all possible.

2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%


This computer is having a bit of a rough time and I'm looking to do a few little upgrades just so that it can run a little more efficiently. I don't have the money to go all out and buy the newest top of the line computer as much as I wish I did so I am trying to keep costs to a bare minimum.

I have been searching Ebay and have found a few good deals on some pc133 SDRAM which seem to be right up my alley however I am unsure about the idea of buying USED RAM.

Can anyone enlighten me on whether or not this is a good or bad way to go?

Answer:Used Ram. Your thoughts?

Go to Crucial and run a system scan, this will tell what your pc will except.
Also crucial ram is guaranteed to work
Personally I would not buy used ram from Ebay

2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts on IE9

What does people think about IE9? My company is thinking about pushing it out to our staff.

Answer:Thoughts on IE9

Firefox for me thanks. Been using it for so long and I don't much like change. Tried IE 9 and to me its much better

7 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Hi everyone and Merry Christmas to all!

I just found a good price on Private Internet Access for one years's worth of protection.

I installed it, but when I attempt to surf, no website works.

I just sent their CS an email, requesting help.

Does anyone here have any experience with PIA VPN?

Thank you,


More replies
Relevance 34.44%

I have a crappy Rosewill 400W PSU. I am pretty sure that my random shutdown are due to the PSU overheating because nothing else is at a super high temperature. (GPU: 55 C, CPU: 63 C) I feel really hot air coming out of the PSU.

Anyways, I need to replace it and I want something with more power and better cooling than just a 60mm exhaust fan. I don't want to spend more than $100 USD. If possilbe, I want a 24-pin mobo connector. Right now I want the ASPIRE Chameleon ATX-AS550W-BL ATX 550W Power Supply. What do you guys think of it? If you think something else would be better, please let me know.

Answer:Thoughts on this PSU

Take a look at the thermaltake ones for your range, not nearly as pricy and not nearly as flashy and a better PSU

BTW: Your CPU temp is AMAZINGLY high, you are 7 degrees or even less away from the thermal dammage zone

4 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

click here;jsessionid=E673C6FA0180164F2432617AD5D16451.TC30a?__frame=_top&__lf=StaticThink I may have read something positive about these people here actually.I am not familiar with web design, but it looks as though I may well be able to try my hand on this package.Looking for a reasonably simple web site with an emphasis on images. I do a lot of my own photography and use Photoshop, so will supply my own images I expect.I have my URL with Easyspace at this time, and will have to move that lot over to 1&1 too?Thank you for looking in, just looking for a little reassurance that it's a good deal and they're reputable etc.Regards,Nick

Answer:Any thoughts on this lot please?

Just looking for a 'ggod idea'/'bad idea' type reply. :-)Nick

6 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Your thoughts???

HiIm thinking about buying a laptop, i will mainly be using the laptop for developing websites, using Dreamweaver and Flash etc.I will not really be using it for playing games although i may watch the odd dvd.I have seen a laptop on the tiny website, this is a link to it: click hereI was wondering if you think its upto the job in hand, and would appreciate any thoughts that you have regarding this laptop or recommendations you may have.Thanks Paul

Answer:Your thoughts???

Hmm, looks like a bit of an odd combination to me ... that's a powerful processor offering 64bit processing- which you don't need as 64bit Windows ain't out yet. And this isn't a machine on which you'd want to upgrade the OS when 64bit is available, I don't think. It does have plenty of ram, which is nice, but a poxy small hard drive. Also the onboard graphics is nothing to write home about and the screen res is pretty low: you wouldn't be happy if you changed your mind and wanted to play games on it.Dig around a bit - you can probably do better than that, or at least find a more balanced system. Other, wiser heads than I will probably point you at some other laptop deals. And it's always worth having a look at either a specialist laptop magazine or indeed dear old PCA for their best-buy charts and reviews.

5 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Hi, was wondering if any one would be able to give me their thoughts on the following monitor, its a Philips PHP 170X5FB. Its on sale at PC world for 249.99, i would post the link to the page but not sure how to?Does anyone know where i can find reviews of this TFT or any other suggestions of better TFT's?Thanks

Answer:TFT your thoughts???

I'll try and provide the link for you but PC World pages usually time out after a while and links don't often work with their site, but see if this one does. click hereNot had any experience of Philips monitors myself but it seems a nice monitor and at a good price. Have you been into the store and had a look at it as they always seem different when looked at on a web site or magazine as to being sat on the shelf.Even if you buy from somewhere else its always a good Idea to actually see/touch a TFT monitor before buying. Remember you will be looking at it for quite some time to come.

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Hey, guys, I am building myself a new PC. This is what I have come out with after a lot of months researching:
CPU- AMD Athlon X4 760K
Motherboard - MSI FM2 A88XM E35
RAM- 8GB Corsair Vengeance
HDD- 500GB WD Caviar Blue
PSU- Corsair CX500 (500W)
Case- Cooler Master K280

Wondering if all these fit(a.k.a. are they compatible) and I would love to hear what do you guys think?
Thanks for your time.


Answer:Thoughts about this PC?

That's all compatible and will work, my question though is what is your budget?

2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Your thoughts

Well that time is soon to come for my current PC. I will trash it, and buy a new one. The one I am currently looking at is this one.

But i also have another option. I am thinking of possibly building a computer, but only if ill get better quaility for around the same price (preferably lower). So I ask you all if you could reccomend me part by part in making a new comp that could exceed the computer listed above, but not go over its price by too much.

Any help is appreciated, and i might as well say thanks before hand

Edit: I forgot to mention, i would also like a printer and a screen, so include that when your thinking of price

Answer:Your thoughts

Wow, I can't believe that no one has posted into this yet! I will try and put together some options for you. Do you have any prefrences? AMD or Intel, Nvidia or ATI? Also, what will you be using the computer for? I can tell you right now that the computer from Best Buy would need a graphics cards to play any decent games as it comes with integrated graphics only.

15 more replies
Relevance 34.44%
Question: Thoughts on this..

So I need to buy another hard drive caddy for my laptop, HP Pavilion 9500. I've found this one, but I was wondering if you thought the site was legit, or if you know of a better place, better deal to get one. Thanks.

Hard Drive Caddy Kit for HP DV9000 Series Laptops

Answer:Thoughts on this..

Never heard of the site but the prices are really high. Just use ebay.

hp dv9000 caddy, Computers Networking, Used items on

9 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Can someone please let me know if thise configuration is good? This is what I am thinking of going ahead with.. Thanks for the help in advance..

CASE: Rosewill BLACKHAWK Gaming ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, come with Five Fans, window side panel, top HDD dock
CPU: Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 77W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 2500 ...
RAM: G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-
Mobo: Intel BOXDQ77MK LGA 1155 Intel Q77 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX Intel Motherboard
PSU: Antec High Current Gamer Series HCG-750 750W ATX12V v2.3 / EPS12V v2.91 SLI Certified CrossFire Certified 80 PLUS ...
GPU: GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card

Answer:Thoughts on a new PC I might put together

Looks pretty good to me. Sort of strange to have a consumer desktop board with Two NICs however....Great for a NAS/Homesever but not really needed for desktop use.

2 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

1st try at a site click herehow can i improve

Answer:your thoughts please

when you are faced with your first web-site, and you have made a reasonable start - at least you have the page on the web.It's not possible to provide a complete tutorial here, but I can provide a few comments.1. Consider carefully when selecting backgrounds and text combinations - you want the text to dominate, not the background. Nowadays there's a tendency towards white backgrounds with images and text displayed to best advantage, and I normally advocate that approach, but............... in your particular case I think there's every reason to go to town with some colour and texture - garden services make one think of green foliage and flowers. You'll find lots of appropriate copyright images on the web, and you should experiment. I would prefer to see an image of a colourful garden than a picture (however good) of a JCB.2. Your page title needs revising. C.W GARDEN SERVICES in grass green with the COTTINGHAM EAST YORKSHIRE part in say, a dark chocolate brown would look pretty good. The second line should also be in a smaller font size.3. You need more than one page if you want your business to look something on the web. I'm sure you can come up with a second page, giving a more detailed description of your services, with perhaps contact details. You can add the odd image or two as well. Close-up pictures of flowers, or even a few tools leaning against an old wooden shed would add atmosphere.4. Take a look through some magazines and gardening books to see how images can cre... Read more

10 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

on this site I am building for a hereOne of my main concerns was the speed that it loaded. Someone on dial up informed me it took "way to long" to load. Though they admit that their pc is a bit long in the tooth.Any other comments to help improve it would be more than welcome.cheersslowhand

Answer:Your thoughts please

No, I wouldnt say thats too slow and the importatant text is up straight away. and very good it is too, very sharp with great graphics. good stuff, your friend should be happy.

6 more replies
Relevance 34.44%

Has any body tried this programe "ANTIVIR"? if so what do you think of it

Answer:your thoughts please

I use it all the time.

For free it's very good - it works.

It doesn't monitor e-mail but it is for free.

Just as good is an antivirus program named Avast - again, free.

7 more replies
Relevance 34.03%

Has anyone used the livecd from Looks like this is a Windows PE based livecd and includes a lot of nice functions. The interface looks very nice as well.

If you have used it - what are your thoughts? Is it worth the money? - thoughts?

Personally I've never found any "LiveCD" that I felt was adequate for my own needs and purposes, so I always end up creating my own with the tools that I want on it. The UBCD4Win comes close but even with the minor level of configuration you can do with it, it's still not quite the same as one you fully build yourself. is a great source for info and tutorials on creating your own custom built "LiveCD" and yes, they always end up using either BartPE or WinPE as the basic for their operation (as they're all Windows based LiveCDs).

That LiveCD the OP is speaking of is a commercial product, anyway. No sense spending money on something that you can create yourself, I say, and learn something in the process too.

Best advice: get some CD-RW or DVD+RW media so you don't waste blanks in the learning/creation process.

6 more replies
Relevance 34.03%

I've been using Vista since the early betas as a lot of you have. I've been switching back and forth between XP and all flavors of Vista. As of right now, Vista just can't hang with XP. I love the look and feel of Vista, but you can get all that on XP if you really wanted too. Vista just has too many issues and is an incomplete product. Even burning a simple data CD can turn out to be a nightmare and take FOREVER and this has happened on all versions of Vista and even deleting a large file can be time consuming and it hangs most of the time. I like to use the least amount of programs possible on my system, this is do to the fact that the less programs you have installed, more than likely the fewer problems you will encounter. If Vista ran like XP, it be the sh**. I even upgraded my system to 3GB of ram and still the same issues and performance was an issue, now XP is screaming along with all that extra ram. XP IS much faster than Vista in almost every aspect. I don't want to say its like the Windows ME disaster because its MUCH better than ME. I used it here at work to test all my production programs and they all worked great. But for the average user here, they will need training, A LOT of training. I also had to re-write the login script so it maps my network drives properly which wasn't a big deal, I learned something new and that's always good. I like all the new features, well, almost all. Not crazy about the sidebar so that's gone, CD burning sucks but since SP1 came ... Read more

Answer:My thoughts on Vista

Coming from The Register? I don't believe a word of it. They are about as believable as the Apple Ads are.

9 more replies
Relevance 34.03%

Been looking to replace a large screen tablet and also a touch screen laptop, and someone has suggested that a wireless all in one might do both jobs.
Anybody got any thoughts? I'm usually static, bed or chair, with overbed/overchair table, so the extra weight is not likely to be a major factor but anything else come to mind?
I don't need links as I know which general direction I'm going, just your distilled wisdom please!

Answer:Thoughts on All in Ones (computers) Please?


6 more replies
Relevance 34.03%

For some reason when I'm trying to forward or return an email my Windows XP OE is freezing with the clocking endlessly ticking.

A big pain! Thanks for any help you can offer!!!

Answer:Any thoughts on a freezing OE??

1 more replies
Relevance 34.03%
Question: Pre-build thoughts

For this summer I plan on getting some experience OCing.

Things I'd like to get:
Abit AN8
eVGA 6600GT
3000+ Venice
Corsair XMS 512MB

I'm set on the top 3, just a little lost on the RAM. I've read some reviews on that, and it doesn't look too bad. But I notice on newegg that other brands are going for 130ish for 512MB. My question is, how expensive should I go with RAM. Should I consider PC4000 or not? Would it be compatable with the AN8? I've seen good things on Gskill, and TwinMOS so they are possibilities too.
I know you're going to tell me to go with a DFI motherboard, but when it comes down to it I just like this one better.
Thanks for your input.

Answer:Pre-build thoughts

Why wont you get a DF mobo, their a whole hell of alot better

Corsair XMS is great for the price expisally with it's price drop

Another thing you should consider is a 3200+, they are guartneed to overclock high unlike a 3000+

6 more replies
Relevance 34.03%

I work for a school district which currently pays a service provider for fiber internet access, content filtering and firewall. The internet service is via a proxy that must be manually setup on each users PC. My plan is to setup something similar to the following.


The charter line is a business class 3Mbit down 1Mbit up cable modem connection. The speednet connection would be a wireless 1.54Mbit connection. My thinking is that even though the cable modem and the wireless are not as reliable as the fiber connection we currently have, the two of them combined with the pro3060 would be cheaper and as reliable as the fiber. Our school district has about 1,200 students, and about 800 PCs. I haven't been able to get hard numbers from my service provider on the speed we should have but from bandwidth tests at I average in the 2-3Mbit range. Does anyone see a problem with using cable/wireless technology on this type of scale with this many users? Any other potential pitfalls that I may be overlooking? Thanks everyone

More replies