Category Archives: Hardware

ATI Catalyst Center always crashing

I admit that one of the criteria of buying a laptop was that is must have a dedicated graphics card because I’m do like to play a bit of Left 4 Dead. Unfortunately for me I chose one with a … Continue reading

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How can you tell if your USB devices are plugged into a USB2 port?

Ok my machine is behind the times, but still it’s important to know if you’ve plugged your USB2 device into a poor USB1 port. Apart from getting a warning about ‘your device could perform faster’ how can you tell? First … Continue reading

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Windows 7 64bit, sharing Canon printer with 32bit clients

My trusty Canon MP800 printer was shared to my home network via it’s Vista 32-bit host, however I’ve now installed Windows 7 64-bit. The problem is that although you can share the printer easily enough you have to allow the … Continue reading

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New graphics card

My ageing 6800GT was starting to struggle so I decided it was about time to upgrade. The current choices of cards are bewildering but I finally decided upon a 8800GT cause the price mark is pretty cheap and they provide … Continue reading

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Hard Disk noise

I’ve spent a fair bit of time trying to stop my PC sounding noisy. I could feel that the hard disks were vibrating and that was probably the cause. The disks had been pretty close to silent (through carefull buying) … Continue reading

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SATA II (SATA-2) cable

Since aquiring a copy Vista Ultimate from Mix 07 I thought that it would only be polite to install it 😉 I didn’t want to give up on XP in case I lost devices or…games don’t play as well So I bought a … Continue reading

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Western Digital MyBook Premium

I decided that I needed some "offsite" storage so I bought an external drive from Western Digital. There were so many choices but I finally settled on the WD MyBook range because; Ok price per GB Use an external (or … Continue reading

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