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January 19, 2011 by starkers
I never really saw myself up for a portable computing device... until now, that is.   My niece bought 6 of these eMachines eM350's for her kids and step-kids at Christmas time and my interest was immediately aroused when I noticed how they were all networking together as well as connecting to the main desktop PC in the house. It occurred to me that if I were sick in bed or unable to get downstairs to my main PC (arthritis and stairs) I could access the net plus my files on that ...
February 12, 2009 by starkers
I've recently been builing my daughter a PC from old parts left over from various upgrades over the years and what a pain it has been... from beginning to end. First off, the 450 watt generic PSU wasn't up for the job and it wouldn't fire up properly/stay fired up, so it had to be replaced.  With money being a bit tight these days that took a while, but once it was installed we were back in business... for a very short while.  Yup, everything appeared to be working as it should, ...
October 14, 2008 by starkers
I have a X-Craft Cooler Master external HDD case and just replaced a 250gig drive with a 500gig IDE Western Digital WD5000AAKB Caviar SE16 in it (formatted and pertitioned into two equal segments), but I have a problem in that neither of my OSes (Vista and XP Pro) recognises it anymore.... same case, USB cable and port, yet it does not show up in Disk Management/My Computer as before. I tried uninstalling in Device Manager, reinstalling using different USB leads in different ports but still n...
August 26, 2008 by starkers
Just wondering if anybody might know why this would happen... twice now I've had this loud screaming sound (can't be sure if it's coming from the speakers or my PC, could be both) which lasts about 10 - 15 seconds. There appears to be no damage afterwards as everything works as it should do, but I'm wondering if it may be something to do with the BOIS, CPU, etc, or whether it may be outside interference affecting my Logitech X-530 speaker system, being that I do hear pops and etc when other e...
May 12, 2008 by starkers
I've been using the much easier to use IconPackager and really love it, but I'd love it even more (pretty please, Stardock) if we could have the option to apply additional desktop icons to shortcuts for various programs/apps, etc.... something akin to the option to add or remove file types.  OK, so I'm getting lazy in my old age, but yeah, it would great if IP could do this when changing themes, rather than users having to manually change icons for desktop shortcuts. Pretty please, ...
April 22, 2008 by starkers
Hadn't been into XP for a while on my Vista dual boot, so thought I'd go in and update everything, etc. All beganwell enough, Windows Upadates downloaded OK, but they just refuse to install no matter what I do. Even a repair install of XP (Pro SP2) did not resolve the issue. Event Viewer shows these error reports: Event ID: 1001... Fault Bucket 00733296. Event ID: 1000... Fault Application drwtsn 32exe. version 5. 1.200.0 faulting module dgbhelp.dll version 2600.2180 fault addre...
April 20, 2008 by starkers
I recently got myself the AVerMedia AVerTV Hybrid+FM Volar H.264 and am extremely happy with it indeed... very much so, in fact.... and for 95.00 Oz dollars it's a bargain, as compared to PCI internal versions, which all cost more and are a pain in the arse to install. It caters for Analog and digital TV, plus FM radio and video input from your VCR, DVD or CamCorder to record your home movies etc.  OK, other tuner cards may also offer these features, but what's so great about this little...
April 6, 2008 by starkers
Well, XP might just be on its last legs after all... according to this PC User article. http://blogs.pcworld.com/techlog/archives/006751.html It seems sales of XP will cease as of June 08, except for very low end laptops, etc.... and while it may not be too popular with many, it would seem MS resources are to be focussed on the future/new technology, rather than old OSes it deems to have passed their use by date.
December 26, 2007 by starkers
Yeah, was out earlier and noticed my fav puter store was open....huh, on Boxing Day??? Well I went in to wish Pat, the owner, a great day and a happy New Year if I didn't get to see him beforehand, etc, etc. Well, as always, the conversation gravitated towards computers and etc... and the next thing I know I'm walking out with a new ViewSonic 19' LCD monitor for AU$250. I think Pat was just as surprised as I was... he was showing/telling me about this new Gigabyte mobo that'd go perfectly ...
December 23, 2007 by starkers
Took my Vista/XP Pro dual boot rig into the shop for some general maintenance... to delete a pesky boot entry for XP Home that no longer resides on my machine. Should have been a simple and uncomplicated procedure, right? Wrong! It came back totally screwed. At first boot, Vista booted up but was slow and unresponsive...ah, a repair install would remedy that, so I thought. Wrong again...the install disc would only go so far and I'd get a BSOD. Orright then, I'll boot into XP a...
June 26, 2007 by starkers
Yeah, I was in XP on my dual boot machine doing some recording from a couple of old LP's, and when I tried rebooting into Vista again it was no go, wouldn't start. All I got was the boot screen for several minutes, so I did a forced shutdown and unplugged the power to reset everything. Vista restarted but several apps were acting up....Windowblinds wouldn't load and Winstep Xtreme was saying my subscription was prematurely up. Uhhhh!!!! First thing I tried was uninstalling and reinstall...
December 9, 2006 by starkers
As some of you may be aware, me missus has just started out making wallpapers, and eventually would like to expand her horizons into skinning as well....when she becomes more accustomed to the programs/software, etc. Anyhow, being that many here prefer Photoshop, we looked at Adobe's site last night to check out prices, version availability and so on. Well at $1200+ Oz, Photoshop CS2 is well out of our price range, and will be for quite some time, so we were looking at Photoshop Elements for...
December 8, 2006 by starkers
Orright, so I got all these audio tapes of really old music you just can't buy on CD, and I wanna covert them to discs that'll play on my Hi.fi. Okay, so I got all the gear to do that, and my audio capture saves as wav files by default....so if I save the required tracks as wav files, would the resulting CD play on a standard stereo system? Told you it was a simple question, and I'm sure there's a simple answer, for which a simple web search was performed, but my poor simple mind couldn't ma...
May 18, 2006 by starkers
Some people think of the darndest things. I wouldn't have thought it possible to access anything else during a clean install of XP, but these guys have managed to play pinball and so much more....even to connecting to the net and posting on a forum. In the end it became a competition to see who could perform the most complex trick during setup.....quite an interesting read.
April 25, 2006 by starkers
Microsoft has announced that the upcoming Vista OS will never be compatible to boot on Intel Macs. Although Microsoft had earlier stated that Vista would support EFI booting, which the new Intel Mac's run on, the decicion is based on the limited availability of EFI ready machines. See.....http://apcmag.com/apc/v3.nsf/0/E666E4A0A303D9AACA25712C008166C4