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Tips for after purchase

Q: Tips for after purchase

Hello, I have finally decided after much help from people on this website to purchase the Acer Predator Helios 300( Probably buy from Amazon)- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y4GZS9C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_Nq.AzbSN1PH2J

Does anyone have any tips such as what kind of things I should delete that take up too much space and other things to do to it to make it run better. The main reason I am buying this is to play arma 3.

Thank you

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Preferred Solution: Tips for after purchase

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 http://downloadreimage.com/download.php. (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)


Ive been doing alot of researching lately and come up with the following things that ive been mixing around with. Now wondering if there is any breach or thing that i missed with these stuff
Spoofing my routers MAC with a new adress every day. Unknown device number + new unique external IP
Spoofing my PC MAC every startup and also the netbios name/pc name
Spoofed my User agent to unknown string and name
Changed DNS server to fix possible ISP leaks
HTTPS when possible and behind a VPN server with no logs kept saved
Ghostery addon
Adblock plus
BugMeNot on new webpages
DuckDuckGo search engine with https
Is there anything more that i could use to keep my privacy online for myself as much as possible

A:[Hiding your PC online] Tips + need tips

Is there any Flash cookie/zombie cookie that could give traces back to me when browsing like this?
Anything more that i haven't thought of. Noscript worth having too or does my current "setup" cover the whole package on hiding identity

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If someone could look at this for me and let me know where to go from here... thanks for your time. Chris

Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0
Scan saved at 7:20:07 PM, on 7/13/2005
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.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\Norton AntiVirus\navapsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\IWP\NPFMntor.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Real\Update_OB\realsched.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccApp.exe
C:\Program Files\QuickTime\qttask.exe
C:\Program Files\iTunes\iTunesHelper.exe
C:\Program Files\Media Gateway\MediaGateway.exe
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A:HJT log, any tips...

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I've just moved to x64 after using x86 exclusively for 2 years (Vista & W7).
Does anyone have any top tips to bear in mind when using x64 on a day-to-day basis?

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Quote: Originally Posted by rsvr85

I've just moved to x64 after using x86 exclusively for 2 years (Vista & W7).
Does anyone have any top tips to bear in mind when using x64 on a day-to-day basis?

Make sure your devices have x64 versions?

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I have just bought a new camera, this camera to be exact: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cam...100fd/4505-6501_7-32820913.html?tag=mncol;lst

And basically i was wondering whether any of you photography gurus out there have any tips for taking good photos, seeing as i now have full control over shutter speed and aperture and so on.

Any help would be much appreciated

A:Some tips anyone? :D

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any tips for my windows 7 computer? im still kinda new to the computer world

A:Any tips?

That an HP? If so they are known for being loaded with bloatware, so you'll want to first go to msconfig>Startup and turn off everything except your AV and gadgets/stikynotes if u use them at startup. Troubleshooting with MSCONFIG

HP has a connection manager that slows your system and startup (like most bloatware) so turn it off and set up your connection in the bottom right system tray.

Use a lightweight free AV like MS Security Essentials with the Win7 Firewall. Uninstall the bloated AV that came with your HP using Revo Uninstaller: Use Advanced mode, it will set a restore point and run Windows uninstaller, don't restart at prompt but click Next to Delete all the bolded Reg keys and files it leaves behind.

Follow this same procedure for all the bloatware you don't want, after you decide.

Bloatware can corrupt Win7 even by its uninstall so periodically run SFC -SCANNOW Command - System File Checker to repair system files and see if any have corrupted requiring a Repair Install or clean reinstall.

Most makers no longer include OS DVD so they can enforce the bloatware which provides most of their profit margin (exception: Business computers). This causes tech enthusiasts to locate a clean-copy installer for their version or unlock all versions in any retail installer, to clean reinstall using the Product Key on COA sticker affixed to computer. Universal Installation Disc - Create

First make your Recovery disks or save a Windows 7 backup image so you have a pa... Read more

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Now that I have an ssd in my system, what are the best things I can do to maximize the life and performance of the ssd. Any suggestions welcome.

A:Best SSD Tips

Leave it alone. Seriously.

The only thing I would suggest is possible disabling the Hiberfile, to free up some space. Especially if you do not use hibernate, its just wasted space.
Beyond that, leave it be and enjoy a faster PC.

Theres tons of tweaks you can do to reduce writes etc. but from my experience it actually makes either no difference, or slows things down a bit.

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Okay, I have ad-aware se pro and spybot and back when my computer was clean I used to get like 0 or 2 finds in ad-aware and 0 in spybot. I want to know whats the best spy-aware remover that is not graphics heavy and small; something that really works. If none are small files then name some good big software. I need some tips on how to avoid getting these spyware and best way to remove them in future without keep coming on to this site. I'm pretty good with computer so you can talk geek.

A:Please help with some tips.

Read here on How to tighten your computer's security settings: http://forums.techguy.org/t208517.html

Security Help Tools: http://forums.techguy.org/security/110854-security-help-tools.html

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its time to format this pc here its been about 3 years from it was done my c drive at the mo 20 gig i also have a 60 gig drive installed would it be better to use the 60 gig as my main drive which is now called the d drive if so how do i change the drives ?the 20 g is my c drive and main drive at the mo any tips help would be realy appreiciated here
thx in advance centscotsman

A:looking for tips and help

I moved this to the hardware forum. It could go in either hw or the windows 2k, nt, xp forum. Since you asked about the drives, I put it in hw.

You would need to jumper the 60gig as the master and the 20gig as the slave drive. When you do the install, your 60 would then be your system or C drive.

Since your 20gig has an os already, I would have that drive disconnected during the install or you will end up with a boot menu. Once you have the os installed, you can shutdown and reconnect the drive.

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For me, a thread titled "Help Please" is less likely to get my interest than one with a hint in the title "Will not boot" etc.

As a virus magnet I have spent many days without my PC. Instead of binning my old PC on getting a better one I hung onto it. It allows me to at least ask questions to help me fix my normal one.

I had a quick shuftie at the BIOS settings whilst the machine was working well.
Made notes as to what they were.
Sometimes nasties can alter basic settings but if I know what they should be then it gives me slightly more confidence in making alterations.

If you have alloy wheels then get a wheel spider and wrap a couple of layers of tape round the relevant end. It not only shows the end to use but it stops the thing scratching your wheels as you fumble it onto the wheel nuts. WTF?

A:Possible tips.

Are you having a specific problem that you need help with???

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I am trying to learn as much as I can about before I start at Ivy Tech School in the fall. I am not the greatest with pc's but I am putting in crazy effort to learn. Can anyone tell me where I should start? I am trying to learn the inside of a pc. I can name and explain some of the hardware; ram, hard drive, dvd drive, cpu, motherboard, video/sound card, psu. That's about all I can do as of yet. I can take the pc apart completely and put it together. Now that I have learned some of these terms, what should I do next. I see so much inside of the pc and I would love to know every little part of it. So any tips, or terms, or anything lol, that can help a guy like me out? I am 19 and a little scared of going to school again. I want to be prepared and I feel like I don't know much. So any help would be awesome Thanks - David

A:Any tips?

Amazom.com>computer books

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Q: Tips?

Hey,So basically I am trying to make my laptop looks a bit more unique than the usual Laptop, so far I have got this;But it just looks like it lacking something? Any ideas on what to add/change? Thanks :_


Check out some of the customizations here http://www.sevenforums.com/customization/

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what are some tips to help improve my computer performance. i do stuff like disk clean up, defrag, and spyware scans. what else can i do to help maintain my computer?


A:I Need Some Tips

Upon the top part of this and every page here at BleepingComputer thre are tabs and the one you want to go to is the Tutorials and search thru the selections there I am sure you will find plenty there and you can print the page you want for reference. Here is the link to the first page of the Tutorials:http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/...-c.title-0.html

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Hello friends,

What are the tips of seo?

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from PC Mag.http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2331278,00.asp

A:8 Tips for FF3

Some nice tips there for people looking to customise FF a little bit.

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I am new to Windows 7 and i would like to know if you guys have some good tips to make my experience with windows 7 more pleasing and more interesting. If you have any tips and tricks please let me know.

A:Any tips

Hello XxKOLOHExX, and welcome to Seven Forums

Start Here ...

Tutorials - Windows 7 Forums

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Old computer is on it's last leg and am looking for pros/cons as to what I should buy next - tower/laptop. Computer is used personal use and minimal business things. Will be of course purchasing the Office products and am looking to add publisher to that package.

Any good words out there as to what I should purchase.


That's like asking us what you should get for dinner. No one else is going to be able to offer any real insight because none of us are going to be using the system. You know if you need it to be portable or not. You know if you place to upgrade the hardware down the line. You know your budget. Sorry if it comes across as me being unhelpful...it's just that this is an extremely vague question that's purely an opinion...and none of us are qualified to make that choice for you.

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I am considering buying/installing an SSD, probably 240gb. I currently have a very well functioning machine with a 1tb HD and all my OS and software is installed on that HD. I am using Windows 7, with all the latest updates installed. I have never used an SSD or installed one so I have some questions:
1. Is 240gb enough or would 128gb be sufficient? I believe I only want Windows 7 (likely upgrade to Windows 8 when released) on the SSD and leave my current HD alone with all my software as it is currently installed.
2. What/where can I find a step by step for installing the SSD and directing the OS to read everything else from the current HD.
3. I usually use the Hibernate feature and only completely power down every few days. Would that still be acceptable?
4. I assume I would have to purchase a new copy of the OS therefore I may wait until Windows 8 is released before making the change.

A:Considering an SSD purchase

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I hope I'm in the right forum?
I 'm going to buy a new computer, $400 is my limit. "Tigerdirect" has several that looks like they would fit my needs.
Systemax Ascent KMA3500 ($399 + &19.95 shipping)
ADM Athlon 64 X2 4400+ 2.30GHz
160GB SATA 7200 HD
Memory DDR2 2GB
GeForce 6100 GPU
350 Watt Power Supply
Operating System: "Windows Vista Business"
Startup OS: "Windows XP Pro"
I'm leaning toward this one because most of my software is old and may not play on Vista, and I like XP it has done me no wrong. Besides I'm 84 years old and I don't want to learn any new systems.
WS Office97, Lotus 123, and others. I am not in position to replace my software with the latest editions.

The other is:
Compaq Presario SR5710Y (Refurbished) ($299 + $19.95 Shipping)
ADM Athlon X2 4450e 2.3GHz
250GB SATA 7200 HD
Memory DDR2 3GB
GeForce 6150SE
250 Watt Power Supply
Operating System: "Windows Home Vista Premium"
The Vista is a drawback, but this looks like a great buy.

Any suggestions , comments or pertinent information on these two machines , or others in my price range?.
Has anyone any info. on machines like the Systemax with 2 OS?

A:New PC purchase

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Hi there,

I came across the Acer Aspire ZC-700 desktop PC 19.5" with the following specs:

Windows 10 (pre-installed),
Intel Pentium Processor N3700,
Memory - 4 GB,
Hard drive - 1 TB,
Built-in WiFi,
35mm thick,
Ergonomic stand that can be adjusted in height and angle,
Full HD IPS display,

I am able to get this PC for £240.

Any pros and cons for this would be great.


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Hello all, i'm planning on purchasing a new computer for christmas from an online store that i feel is fairly reputable. i'm just not sure what type of processor to shoot for though. i currently have a 1.3 ghz Intel Celeron from gateway that i bought off my sister not too long ago. This system is fairly outdated that i know, and i am wondering if I should go with a quad or dual core intel that is 1.8ghz or am i better off with an intel celeron D 3.6ghz. from what i am hearing the dual core is (2) 1.8 ghz cores, so in essence a 2.6 ghz right? on one hand i think that the 3.6ghz would be pretty damn fast, and yet i read articles that would lead me to believe the 1.8 ghz dual core would be faster. i plan on using my computer for normal internet browsing as well as some gaming. i play some mmorpg's like guild wars and plan on getting into playing some half life and gears of war. which of these two processors would be best for a gaming system. These are the two that i am looking at here.

Intel Core 2 Duo 800 / 1066Mhz FSB
Intel Celeron D365 3.6ghz Lga775 533fsb

which is the best for gaming?

A:New Purchase, what to buy

two cores does NOT. i repeat. NOT mean twice the power. it simply splits the load between two processors. it makes it a hell of a lot faster even at a slower gigahertz speed.

i just want to clear that up so there are no misconceptions there. that's a key thing.

if you want game and play something like the half life series or gears of war, you're going to want a fairly hefty processor. not to mention a good graphics card.

the processors you'll want to look at are the Intel E6750 Core 2 duo, and hte Intel Q6600 quad core. you can even look up some benchmarks to show you how they perform as compared to other chips here:

for the rest of the system, make sure you have a quality power supply, at least 2 gigs of RAM from a good manufacturer, and a graphics chip that was very recently introduced.

in terms of power supplies, i suggest the Antec Earthwatts 500watt, the Antec NeoHE 500watt, or an Enermax Liberty power supply. those are very powerful for the price, and are certified to give at least 80% efficiency if not better. so you'll get vast amounts of power, and you'll save on your electricity bill.

for the RAM, get some from Crucial, Mushkin, Corsair, G. Skill, or OCZ technologies. those are the top brands in the business. or at least make sure it comes with it. and get at least 2 gigs worth.

for the graphics chip, i recommend at least an 8800gt or better for gaming. or if you're into ATI, go with th... Read more

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I am building a computer for my first time and after choosing a motherboard, have no idea what RAM to buy. I know that I want 8 gigs of RAM, and the motherboard has slots for 4 RAM cards, but I don't know how to figure out how many pins should be on the RAM that I buy. The motherboard that I chose is an MSI ATX DDR3 2133 Motherboard 970. I would prefer a RAM card from Corsair, but thats just personal preference, not necessity. Help anyone?

Also, in case you need more info about my motherboard, I got it at this URL: http://www.amazon.com/MSI-DDR3-Moth..._n_feature_keywords_two_browse-bin:6159420011

A:What RAM should I purchase?

As described in the motherboard description - Memory: 4x DDR3-2133(OC)/ 1866/ 1600/ 1333/ 1066 DIMM Slots, Dual Channel, Max Capacity of 32GB.

This means your motherboard takes DDR3 memory. When an OC follows a number it means that in order for you to run 2133 memory you must overclock, I.e. add more voltage to get it to function at this speed. This is something you don't have to concern yourself with.

Before we move forward why this motherboard? Here are 2 questions that will help you in the process of building a PC:

1. What do you want your system to do?
2. What is your budget?

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Hi, looking for some help/advice.
I recently purchaseda new PC and need to buy a Operating Sysytem. I am looking to buy Widows XP Pro but I am somewhat confused, ethere seesm to be so many to buy.. some with serice pack 1 some with 2 and some complete..

Can someone advice which I need to get my pc up and runnning. are the ones with service packs jsut upgrades and that means I already need to have a OS system insalled on the pC to install ?

All help appreciated

A:New XP Purchase

Where did you buy the pc from? Can you not purchase the OS from them? You need Windows XP Pro SP2

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i keep gettting pop ups i need driver update   but it has a one time payment i need to do it monthly...

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Ok so I am in need of some new RAM, currently I have 2x2GB of DDR2 800MHz Corsair Gaming Memory totaling 4GB, but one of the RAM sticks is bad and doesn't work. And I don't want to spend $95 on a 2GB RAM stick. So I have $90 left that I had gotten on my birthday, and was wondering what is the best, highest amount of DDR2 RAM I could buy. I want a lot of DDR2 RAM, but not only do I want a lot but I want it to be good quality RAM that will last a long time, and has a fast speed like 800MHz or higher for $90 or less.

A:New RAM Purchase Help

Dont really have an answer to your question, but have some advice. If you are not going to replace all the ram at once, be careful with the purchase. Make sure that all the sticks are identical, especially the frequency. Many, who replace, ram, buy all that will be used at the same time.

BTW a belated happy birthday.

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I need to purchase a new FP Shooter and just can't seem to decide between "Battlefield 1942" and "VietCong". I've read all the reviews and as usual they leave me with no information.

I am concerned that both of these titles will be either too much or too buggy for my PC. Is there anyone out there with any experience with these titles?

My PC as a 32mb GeForce 2 video card. Which was more than enough for 'Unreal Tournament 2003', MOHAA, Red Faction II and "Delta Force: Black Hawk Down".

Since it is still a long time before 'Halo' or 'Half Life2' or 'Doom 3' will be released I need another FPS to tide me over until then. Are there any other FPS's out there that I am overlooking?


A:which to purchase

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Hi Guys,

Im looking to upgrade my RAM to 1600Mhz.

Im wanna get 8Gb again

I've seen: Corsair 8Gb DDR3 1600MHz Vengence Memory

And also Crucial Ballistix 8Gb 1600MHz

My Budget is ?40-50, and was just really after some opinions, or whether anybody as any alternatives which are possibly better?

Also just wondering if i can go to 1866MHz as i can get some which fits in my budget

Crucial Ballistix 8Gb 1866MHz

Thanks for any help in advance

A:Help with new RAM purchase

The only specs for RAM that you want to be careful to match are:
Although I must mention that you should not expect to see a real world noticeable increase in performance by jumping up from 1333 to 1600 (or even 1866). Running faster RAM can be important in overclocking in order to get a stable overclock.
Alternately, you could play with overclocking your current RAM to 1600 and save the money. Some 1333 sticks (but not all) can handle it.

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well i have some money in hand... and i was wondering in wat to spend it on, this is my current system..

AMD anthlon 64 2x dual core 2.4, 4600
2 x 7600Gt Xpervision gpu/Nvidia
550W psu
M2n-E Sli motherboard
3.5gb of RAM

now i have 3 objects that i am wanting..
the 8800gtx 300mgb...
the new amd anthlong 64 2x dual core 3, 6000
a new computer case with built in watercooling -(was suppose to get the other day but had none in stock)

now i think the case wud b the best as i cud overclock my 7600 and my cpu more as they wudnt overheat and i wudnt have to sell my old case like i wud wif my cpu and gpus... (i wud lose a lot of mony tryin to sell them)

A:what to purchase...

Get the 8800GTS 320mb (I think this was what you're referring to).

This would give you the highest performance boost IMO. Twin 7600GT just wouldn't compete, unless you overclock using LN2, and even that, its debatable.

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...a hardware firewall for an office network. We have about 15 computers connected through a DSL modem plugged into a switch. I was wondering what exactly "unlimited nodes" stands for on firewalls such as our old sonic wall? Will this firewall protect the amount of computers we have? http://www.zipzoomfly.com/jsp/ProductDetail.jsp?ProductCode=251800

A:Looking to purchase...

"Unlimited nodes" means exactly that - the firewall will work with any number of hosts behind it. This is opposed to products that will work with only X amount of computers at a time.

As for which device to get.. This depends on what you want that firewall to do and how much traffic it should handle.

I really doubt that you would have functional internet with lots of computers plugged into a DSL modem. Are you sure that this "DSL modem" thing does not already include a router and therefore also a firewall?

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I am from Bilaspur (C.G.). INDIA I have a HCL PC HCL ezeebee that I purchased about 3 year ago. Now I am planning to purchase a new PC.
What I will do with this PC
... various OS (Linux) Testing in Virtual Machines(MS Virtual PC, Virtual Box etc)
... .NET and Web application development
... Audio Video and Photoshop related work. (Graphic Designing)

I will run mostly Visual Studio 2008, Adobe CS3, SQL Server, Windows Vista Business and Linux. But this list may increase.
I have Pinnacle PCTV Stereo card for watching TV on my existing HCL PC. Will it work in new Motherboard.
I am crazy downloader of Music, Software, Movies, Pictures. I think I need more space on HDD.

I would like to mention that I am a Computer Geek. I spend my whole day on computer. I need Fast and Reliable PC which can work minimum 24hr or more continuously without any problem.

As I mention above I will also work on graphic designing therefore I need a monitor with CRT quality display. I like sharpe images of LCD monitors but I also like color range and image quality of CRT monitor. Is there any LCD monitor available which can produce CRT like colors.


Is there any CRT monitor which do not create strain while reading text on it for long time.

Generally I purchase computer related products from DIGITAL AGE at bilaspur.They are good. But they have no knowledge of computers related words. Once they said to plug LAN cable into Phone port. That's why I need your suggestion.

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im looking for a psu thats 350 watt that would work in a HP Pavilion a305w.

idk anything about psu's...just everything else lol

80 dollars is my limit...might be able to go higher...but would proffer it to be around 50 or 60

thanks for your help guys

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Want to upgrade to XP Home Edition from WIN98SE, I will use complete install and want to know what price I should expect to pay and any pitfalls with buying the CD on the web?

tks all
bill w

A:XP Purchase

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Ok so I am looking to purchasing my first NAS and I am having trouble trying to understand what I should purchase based on my needs. Here is what I am looking for:

-HDD indicator for each drive
-Gigabit Ethernet
-Hot swappable
-Compatible with OS X and linux
-Capable of showing up as a Network drive for everyone to access

Most that I have researched involve a web interface to set up and can only be access through there such as QNAP. Any chance that there are any that don't involve the web to constantly access? I plan to have like 8TB in the nas.

Thanks in advance!

A:NAS purchase need help

I think they pretty much all use a browser to access settings, but its jut by local I.P. address, nothing Internet involved unless you're coming at it from the WAN side, then you need a NAS with web-access.

NAS drives are usually tucked out of the way and rarely looked at, better for the NAS to email you periodically about it condition. Gigabit is important but so is the underlying power of the NAS itself. Cheap NAS drives with gigabit ethernet can still be slow--usually the more expensive they are, the faster and even more robust ones have a second gigabit port as a failsafe.

Don't know about hot swappable. Mine are in RAID 1 and they'lll email me if there's a problem (hopefully).
Compatibility, some would have thier own format like RiserFS, and I think all mine are now just good old NTFS so there is no need for translation at all with Windows so I'm not sure about standardization when it comes to sharing with those three main OS flavors.
All NAS drives show up on a network once properly configured, with their own I.P. address and name...that's the N in NAS.

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Hi all. Just finished my new build and am hunting for deals on a GPU. Not looking to spend more than $100-150 (pref. less). Im not a huge gamer but I play. I can play Skyrim on medium settings off the igpu so I would hope the money spent on a gpu would improve from there (not sure how much improvement though) . Im looking for the best bang for the buck.
Asus p8z68v-lx
i5 2500k OC'd to 4.3G
Xigmatek cpu cooler
8gig. Corsair XMS3 1600
OCZ ZS Series 650w psu
Win 7 Pro. 64-bit
single monitor 1280x1024
(I'm loving this build so far)

A:Looking to purchase a new GPU

Try a 6870.
A discreet GPU would definitely be the way to go for gaming.

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I am thinking of purchasing xp. I have built this system of mine and most of it works most of the time but all of it never works all the time. I have a dual boot dual hard drive system. The reason for two os's is because I couldn't get everything to work in win2k pro. Now I am having video difficulties. I have a very full system. I have a modem, network card, sound card,dvd decoder card, scsi card and video card (ati all in wonder 32mb pro), cd rw, dvd,zip drive, usb hub,compact flash, It is my dream to have everything work with one operating system. I would like to be able to watch movies,tv,record cd's at 12x,download network etc. I have been thinking of getting win xp pro in hopes I will be able to use all my hardware and all my software. I don't have any old dos games. I don't even care about games to tell the truth. But I do like music and movies etc. Do you think xp will do the trick or will I just be wasting my money? Also do you know what is involved in becoming a licensed system builder from Microsoft?

A:To purchase or not to purchase

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I am going to get a CD re-writer for back-ups. My computer place stocks Liteon 40x12x48 with Nero Software.

Have never used a burner before and was wondering if this is an OK brand. I looked it up on the Internet and it seems quite popular. I only want it for basic stuff. I don't really want to go elsewhere as this place has looked after the computer very well since I got it.

Just thought I would check out the views of this forum.


A:Purchase of CD-R/RW

The Lite-On is an excellent burner for the money. Lite-On has been good about their firmware updates. The 40X burner you mentioned was released without Mt Rainier support and with P-CAV recording mode. They added both Mt Rainier and true CAV recording through firmware. You donít have to know what all that means. Just go to their site and get their latest firmware and you will have the fastest 40x burner on the market.

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I'm looking for some expert opinions... =)

I currently have a BFG NVIDIA GeForce GTX-260 OC MaxCore 55 video card and I'm trying to decide if I should purchase a second one for around $70-80 and SLI them... or try to buy an improved replacement card for a similar price and possibly try to sell my current card.

This current card is a:

Memory: 896 MB
GPU Frequency: 655 MHz
ALU Frequency: 1404 MHz
Memory Frequency: 1125 MHz
Memory Bus Width: 448 bits
Number of ALUs: 216
Any suggestions? Advice would be greatly appreciated! =)

A:Purchase another GTX-260 and SLI?

Well if you have an sli motherboard and a decent power suppy its a pretty cheap way to double your framerates in most games.

You will be pretty hard pushed to find a single similar pefrorming directx 11 gpu for that kind of money,

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Hello Windows Vista Forums,

It's turning summer now and your PC proficiency may be affected by it. Here are a couple of Cool Down tips to help keep your PC cool:

1. Clean the vents out. Wipe off all the dust on the PC vents to increase air circulation. Thus, giving the PC more breathing room.

2. Open up the box and give the inside a good clean out. Take all the hardware out, (if you can) and give the inside a good compressed air cleaning. Get out all the dust and whatever else might be in their. Be careful re-installing the hardware and components.

3. Take your time when reasembling. This is a very crucial step!
When assembling take the time to re-organize your wiring to improve air flow. Tuck away unsused PSupply cables. Use some elctrical tape or plastic ties to pick up loose and dangling cables. If your using IDE 40/80 pin cables try to fold them neatly. (There are pre-folded IDE cables for sale) Do this and your system will look better and further more will stay cooler by improving air flow!

4. Check your fans, make sure that they all work properly! Including the one inside the Power Supply. (If this fan is not working is time to get a new power supply unit, DO NOT attemp to replace this fan!!!! Nor open the Power Supply!!! This may very well result in DEATH!!! As you know high voltage residual charges is left in the units even when unplugged!!!

5. Invest a few dollars in some good fans if you are not satisfied with your temperatures. I replaced every stock ... Read more

A:PC Cool Down Tips

Perhaps you could offer your suggestions for the best CPU coolers

Are you sure you didn't have complete failure in one of your fans when you managed to lower the temp 19F by case fans alone? I wouldn't think Alienware would stock their cases with crappy fans considering they portray themselves as a premium PC builder.

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Can anyone tell me how to make your own balloon tips.

(Looks like this

I would like a balloon tip like this to appear every time a user logs on.


A:Balloon tips

Install XP

I don't know but just couldn't resist that comment.

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trying to speed up my system, help me with anyhting wrong that you see here, thanks!!
Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.1
Scan saved at 12:13:20 PM, on 8/23/2005
Platform: Windows ME (Win9x 4.90.3000)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)

Running processes:

R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = http://g.msn.com/0SEENUS/SAOS01
O2 - BHO: (no name) - {53707962-6F74-2D53-2644-206D7942484F} - C:\PROGRA~1\SPYBOT~1\SDHELPER.DLL
O3 - Toolbar: McAfee Virus... Read more

A:Solved: Any tips with this HJT please

Log is clean. Your Startup list is a bit bloated though.

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I've been trying to clean my comp, and it seems like the more i do the worse it gets. I'm wanting to remove things.
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 3:46:55 PM, on 8/3/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17098)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\CheckPoint\ZAForceField\IswSvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\ArcSoft\Connection Service\Bin\ACService.exe
C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG10\avgwdsvc.exe
C:\Program Files\EMACHINES\eMachines Recovery Management\Service\ETService.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Nero\Nero8\Nero BackItUp\NBService.exe
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A:just some tips with my hijackthis log.

Hello , And to the Bleeping Computer Malware Removal Forum. My name is Elise and I'll be glad to help you with your computer problems.I will be working on your malware issues, this may or may not solve other issues you may have with your machine.Please note that whatever repairs we make, are for fixing your computer problems only and by no means should be used on another computer.The cleaning process is not instant. Logs can take some time to research, so please be patient with me. I know that you need your computer working as quickly as possible, and I will work hard to help see that happen. Please reply using the Add/Reply button in the lower right hand corner of your screen. Do not start a new topic. The logs that you post should be pasted directly into the reply. Only attach them if requested or if they do not fit into the post.Unfortunately, if I do not hear back from you within 5 days, I will be forced to close your topic. If you still need help after I have closed your topic, send me or a moderator a personal message with the address of the thread or feel free to create a new one.You may want to keep the link to this topic in your favorites. Alternatively, you can click the button at the top bar of this topic and Track this Topic, where you can choose email notifications. The topics you are tracking are shown here.-----------------------------------------------------------If you have since resolved the original problem you were having, we would appreciate you... Read more

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Had so much fun building my rig that I can't stop! So I have a second EVGA GTX 260 on order. Any hints or tips on get SLI up and running?


A:Any tips for setting up SLI ?

Originally Posted by asautt

Had so much fun building my rig that I can't stop! So I have a second EVGA GTX 260 on order. Any hints or tips on get SLI up and running?


plug the card in, connect the SLI bridge, switch on, install and fiddle to your hearts content

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I found this website for tuning XP and it seems to help out quite a bit. I use most of these tips (just not the registry editor ones) when building pcs for other people and I havent had any problems yet. tuning tips tell me what you think of them or ?

A:XP Tuning Tips

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hello all. it's me. me. me. me..

i'll get straight to the point, here. I've been using MSE as my antivirus, i was quit happy with it. but, as of late, i've been noticing A LOT of issues with it.
Being, that whenever i do pretty much anything, the program scans any file that opens, closes, pretty much any activity. this isnt really a bad thing, i understand that much. but when it comes to day to day things like installing a (trusted) program, or uninstalling for that matter. MSE fires up, and boggs my system down to a crawl. I've actually had to terminate the scanner, just to uninstall a game. but that made it worse. the scanner then restarts itself, runs it's "startup" scan, overloads, forcing me to hard shutdown (via 5 second pwr button). Not being a very patient person, i uninstalled MSE, and have been not useing any antivirus for about 2 days. I actually like how things have been running. application (any of them) start up times are cut in half, downloads of small files dont throw my PC into a state of panic. so on, so forth. This comes with pretty much every A/V I've used. I'm really just liking how much faster everything is without one. O.K., i guess that wasn't the point of this thread. so here it is...
Can anyone recommend anything to NOT do, when NOT using an A/V? I get the basics. no pr0n / warez sites, trusted apps, and such. But, anything else? like general use no-nos, and vulnerability issues, stuff like that. I have not, NOT used an A/V before, and ... Read more

A:Tips for NOT using an antivirus?

Disconnect from the internet.

Or, use a giant HOSTS file. Immunize with Spybot S&D and SpywareBlaster. Turn on UAC. Set firewall to really intrusive mode.

Any combination thereof.

You are your best defense against HePC.

On the other hand, you have a moral responsibility to not infect others. If something gets past your best efforts, you might become a propogation source.

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Hey guy's!
So I'd like to get some comment's about my system security!
My OS is Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit.

So here it is:
Microsoft Security Essential's - free and powerful as far as I know. I'v heard goods about this AV + it's compatibility with Windows 7 and it's built-in Firewall, am I right?

MalwareBytes - Run's registerd but not in a real-time protection mode. Is that cool?

CounterSpy - Run's registerd but also not in a real-time protection!

DeepFreeze - tried the trial version and I was quite amazed of this program!

Thinking to buy:
Sandboxie - run stuff in a sandboxed environment? sound's awesome!

SuperAntiSpyware - A great anti-spyware program! Used the portable and free version fromt theire homepage.

Please comment and share you'r thought's with me
Am I beeing paranoid? XD

A:My security... any tips?

All that is needed is Security Essentials
Malwarebytes, free editiion
Windows firewall

You can, also add WinPatrol, my and Corrine's favorite extra protection.

Add a little common sense and the other software is just a waste of space and maybe money.In addition, it takes resources and your time to do unnecessary scans.
Thats my opinion.

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I read loads of advice on how to disable the annoying balloon tips on XP, mainly by accessing the registry. I have tried this (setting value to 0) & it does NOT make any difference! However I just found out how to do it very easily by using start>search.change preferences>disable balloon tips. SO EASY!

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