And yet more on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

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A network printer should not be difficult to install, and my well tried procedure for connecting a network printer across platforms did not work, no matter how I tried.Very disappointing. Windows 7.. I just had to go for it.. The upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium did not take too long to complete, but there […]

An update on the ECS L7VMM upgrade..

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With a Windows Experience Index of 1.0, it is never going to be a gaming machine. The ATI 9250 never was an all time great anyway, but it puts up icons on the screen and will easily handle the standard Windows offerings. Tinker and Hold’em are a couple of no-no’s because the 9250, being only […]

No more XP on the home network..

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A new Toshiba laptop has become a permanent fixture on the home network here and, as it is new, it came pre-installed with Windows 7. It has the new quad core i3 Intel processor, 4g of DDR2, and it pushes Windows 7 64-bit around very nicely indeed. This has freed up an aging ECS L7VMM […]

nVidia graphics drivers – latest but not greatest..

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Video card is an MSI N6600 – 256mb.. The latest graphics drivers for Windows 7/Vista, version 196.21, have caused me to do a restore back to a previous restore point. Rolling back the driver does NOT work, as IE8 still flickers after doing so. When the mouse pointer runs across the various items in Pageflakes, […]

The Ultimate PC accessory

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I have one of these, but it is no longer part of my computer configuration. Why? Well, my humble abode has become a ‘no smoking zone’ since the appearance of my favourite granddaughter. For those of you who are not ‘in the know’, it is a Sunbeam Cigarette Lighter for PC and is Windows 7 […]

Printer compatibility with Windows 7

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Many older printers may only have basic driver support, in which case you will lose maintenance utilities which show ink levels etc. Also, 64-bit support may be thin on the ground, and printers without 64-bit support will not work if connected direct or through a network to your new 64-bit operating system. This is a […]

A particularly nasty piece of malware..

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It is called ‘Personal Security’ and it produces its own version of Window’s Security Center which looks almost the same as the real thing except that the ‘Shield’ symbol is a mirror of the real one. The Personal Security control panel looks like this. Needless to say, this control panel will only allow two functions. […]

So, you think that you are in the clear..

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.. but wait. A short case study I have an aging Biostar T6100-939, manufactured in the heady days when XP held down 76% of all PC users. Windows support was good, and there were even XP 64 drivers available for it, although I only ever ran XP Pro 32-bit. The chipset is the nVidia nForce […]

Windows 7 ‘god mode’ ..

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If extended lists scare you, don’t do this. I now have a ‘god mode’ window containing two hundred and sixty nine functions. Fortunately, they are split up into forty five categories.. A quick recap 269 functions spread across 45 categories OK, this is how you do it. Double click on ‘Computer’ Create a new folder […]

Ultimate Extras.. Part 2

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When I heard that some were coming back, I can’t say that I was over the moon, but thought that Tinker might make a welcome change from FreeCell. So I waited and waited, checking Windows Update for it, but alas nothing appeared. Then I found out that I have to join Games For Windows Live, […]

2010 – Looking forward..

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At a personal level.. The year has started well at least with an MVP status re-award for 2010. I am also hoping that I get more business this year, but I face a lot of competition from others who see fit to almost give their services away. I have no doubt that my eldest grand-daughter […]

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