Replacement fans

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I have an aging MSI n6600 video card.. I know it is not an all time great but I paid $160 for it when new and it delivers enough performance for what I do. The only problem is that the integrated fan stopped working. I tried all of the local computer stores, but nobody had […]


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As of June 1st 2010, Microsoft will start to close down the lesser used parts of the msnews newsgroups, and by the end of the year, all will be gone, replaced by forums. In view of the above, and the fact that Microsoft never set up any Windows 7 groups, I have not been accessing […]

Two issues resolved.. Thank you, D-Link

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The D-Link DIR 628 has definitely solved my wireless connection problems. It has been almost five days since initial setup and the Toshiba laptop has not missed a beat. Re connecting more than one USB device to the 628’s USB port, it is a no-go. D-Link have advised me that the Shareport software can only […]

More about wireless connections which drop periodically

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A couple of days ago, I checked out a D-Link DIR 615 for somebody, and within a split second of me setting the wireless connection on it, my Toshiba laptop connected instantly, and for the next 24 hours it never lost its connection. The new Toshiba laptop works very well, but the wireless adapter was […]

Eating a little crow..

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I don’t usually have much faith in driver finders, in fact none at all. However, I was answering a post in Microsoft Answers, and I happened on ‘DriverMax’ as being a solution for backing up hardware drivers. So I downloaded and installed it (it is free, btw) and I tried one or two functions including […]

MS Newsgroups are on the way out..

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Microsoft will start with newsgroups which have virtually no traffic anymore. Notices will be put out regularly and directions will be given to the relevant Microsoft forum. For those who do not like the forum interface, Microsoft have been working on the NNTP Bridge which presents an NNTP interface to the user via Windows Live […]

The Ultimate Mouse Pad?

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In a former posting about overcoming the problem of friction between a mouse and mouse pad, I suggested cutting strips of Scotch® tape (Sellotape® in the UK) and carefully placing them over the mouse ‘feet’. You should use the opaque tape, not clear, and always use scissors for a nice clean cut. The above works […]

Wireless router performance

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..  is affected by the amount of obstacles  between the wireless device and the router. Drywall (plasterboard in the UK) does not inhibit signals too much, but concrete (especially re-enforced), brick and metal take at toll. Something else also affects wireless performance too. Interference from 2.4ghz wireless phones and proximity to other wireless routers. In […]

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