The difference that a FULL driver makes..

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The desktop tower: Windows 8 – not quite fully supported AMD Phenom II X4 running at 3,4ghz 8gb high performance RAM ATI HD4250 video WD 500gb High Performance SATA The Netbook: Windows 7 – fully supported Intel Atom running at 1.6ghz 2gb standard RAM’ Intel GMA 3150 WD 320gb SATA Take a look at this, […]

Windows 8 – Network hardware compatibility ..

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After a week of moving my workspace around, tidying up cable runs, committing an aging Panasonic Fax/Phone machine to the local Goodwill store, I thought it best to try out some of my older network adapters. The two adapters are: An Ultra USB 2.0 Fax Modem A D-Link DWL- G132 USB network adapter I am […]

The best mobile PC.. for business.. or anybody

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Some interesting results here.. http://www.soluto.com/reports Of course, the one advantage business supplied machines have over the OEM stuff in stores is the slim customized corporate Windows image, rigorously tested over maybe a year before being applied to each machine. Software is restricted to what the company needs such that the employee can complete assigned tasks, […]

Did Microsoft miss the point?

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I’ve spent a bit of time defending Windows 8 in the forums of late, and as a consequence, I am not getting as many ‘marked as answers’. The other reason is that moderators no longer cruise the forums marking answers just to make it look like the forums are working well. In the early days, […]

Return of the official Start button?

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They say that the return would not boost PC sales, but while it might not boost sales to Windows 95 levels, it would no doubt make a difference. Presently, a consumer walks into a computer retailer, sees a cellphone which has been clumsily disguised to look kike a laptop or desktop computer, and they are […]

A case update..

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It has been a full eleven days since I rebuilt my PC into the new case. So far, it has behaved itself, not a hint of wanting to shut down. It makes life so much easier when your case isn’t working against you. The internal design has changed. There are now rubber ‘grommets’ set into […]

XP.. Less than a year to go..

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If you have an original XP machine, by the time that XP loses support, it will be at least seven years old. The hard drive will be quite small, 40 – 60gb, and the screen will have lost its original brilliance. If you have a version of MS Office which predates Office 2007, it no […]

Windows 8 – Hibernation

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Since clean installing Windows 8, my computer has decided that it will not stay in hibernation until called upon to wake up. This is what Event Viewer has to say about it. Information    07/04/2013 04:22:08    Kernel-General    1    None Error    06/04/2013 23:42:17    Kernel-Power    137    None Information    06/04/2013 23:42:12    BROWSER    8033    None The system time has changed […]

Build Notes..

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While my case was away, I looked for replacements which had an external SATA drive bay incorporated into the top panel. It was this feature which attracted me to the CM6790 II originally. Coolermaster and Thermaltake both produce cases with the facility, but having the external bay is only the first step. BIOS is generally […]

I got a case..

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.. a CM690 II Advanced Evolution. This is a fancy title for what I had before. I was promised the latest version, the USB 3.0 type, but it isn’t one of them. To be honest, I don’t care as long as it doesn’t exhibit the same behaviour as the old one did.. As a result, […]


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