Tag: windows 7

How I Fixed a Disk Read Error in Windows 7

How I Fixed a Disk Read Error in Windows 7

I’m writing this post mostly for when it happens again (when you’re dealing with these kinds of weird Windows errors, they’re bound to happen again). However, if it helps someone out, more the better. About three days ago I purchased a Seagate 1TB SSD / platter hybrid hard drive. I bought it to speed up […]

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Posts Delayed Due to Desktop Crash

Posts Delayed Due to Desktop Crash

My main computer workstation at home was been getting progressively erratic in the two weeks. I tried to diagnose the problem in the usual ways: making sure the hard disk was okay, running memory tests, checking for viruses or other malware, upgrading drivers and firmware, flash the BIOS, and run the built-in Windows OS utilities, […]

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Meltdown

Meltdown

I wanted to play the latest EP by Soul Khan last week. I tried to queue it up on one of the home theater computers in the house, and Xbox Media Center said it couldn’t find the path to my music folder. Hrm. I figured the home file server had automagically patched itself and rebooted, […]

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Is an SSD worth it? I put my laptop to the test

Is an SSD worth it? I put my laptop to the test

I picked up an Acer Aspire 5740 laptop a few weeks ago. Thanks to the forums over at Ars Technica I considered purchasing a Solid State Drive (SSD) to replace the traditional hard drive. Based on their recommendations, I picked up the Intel G2 X25M 80GB Mainstream SSD. The sale price was $220, down from […]

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Acer Aspire AS5740 i5 Laptop First Impressions Review

Acer Aspire AS5740 i5 Laptop First Impressions Review

Overall, I like the Acer Aspire 5740. I think it’s a great value for an i5-based laptop. If you are a casual user, this laptop will probably serve you well for years to come — if Acer’s build quality holds. It has plenty of RAM, horsepower, and storage to meet the needs of most users. It is lacking some high-range amenities, like a Blu-Ray drive, 8GB of RAM, or discrete graphics, but then again some things have to be cut to make the $600 price point.

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An unexpected detriment to being an environmentally friendly HTPC user

An unexpected detriment to being an environmentally friendly HTPC user

I run up to six computers in my house. I turn them off or suspend them in order to save money and reduce my impact on the environment. I recently discovered a problem when doing this, though. I want to watch a television show or movie when I power on my HTPC. When I shut […]

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Lenovo Multimedia Remote With Keyboard Review

Lenovo Multimedia Remote With Keyboard Review

I’ve gone through a bit of an odyssey with my home theater personal computer (HTPC) setups in the house. I originally hoped to use my Microsoft 360 remote to control the Microsoft Media Center, but I wound up using a cheap USB remote instead. There are many wireless keyboards on the market, but the suffer […]

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Fun by the Torchlight

Fun by the Torchlight

Torchlight by Runic Games is an isometric game for the PC that keeps in the tradition of Diablo, Diablo II, and Titan Quest, among others. The premise is simple: control your character as they fight their way down a very deep dungeon below a besieged town. When most video games are trying to cram in […]

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My Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade installation

My Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade installation

I’ve run Windows XP for a very, very long time. To be honest, it was a great operating system, aside from having to reboot after installing driver or most patches. I passed on Vista for the first two years of its life until a Black Friday newegg.com retail special hooked me at $79 for an […]

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