Many were expecting this new chipset would lead to better performance and even a little head room for overclocking, but so far that’s not the case. Lets hope the required hardware fix puts this chipset back at the top where early reviewers had it.
Are you ready for a netbook that doesn’t use an operating system? Google is banking on it, as it unveils the first Google branded netbook. Today, Tuesday, is the day of the anouncement and while the thought of a browser driven netbook is interesting, it does have some hurtles to hop.
By Leo Notenboom
For some reason many people’s gut reaction to a malware infestation is to consider a new machine. That’s just … wrong.
By Steve Hogan
One question I see over and over in our forums and even in our Customer Service department is, “What’s the best registry cleaner ” or “Is it safe to use a registry cleaner”. You’ll find almost as many answers to this question as there are geeks in a Starbucks. Look inside to find what works best.
Dont buy snake oil.
By Steve Hogan
Carol Asks: I need to buy an external hard drive. I have a USB 2.0 on my Dell computer. All the external drives that I see have a” USB A” or” USB B”. I am unable to actuall go look at the connections and am wondering if they are compatable with my “USB 2.0
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
It’s all in the cord. Without the right cord, what have you got? Nothing, that’s what.
The 10 Winners of our Computer Cable Mess Contest have been selected.
The October 22nd, WINDOWS 7, release date has come and gone. Now a lot of us are getting ready to purchase and install the latest operating system from Microsoft.
So name your poison. Do you want the old tired and slow 32 bit or the Brand New, SUPER FAST, Cutting Edge, 64 Bit Version? Don’t want to be pushy, it’s up to you.
In a Microwave world where everyone is looking for immediate satisfaction the computer system is not exempt. Faster processors, larger RAM, and faster broadband connections are a few examples of optimizing a computers potential. Years ago it was basically just Servers reaping the benefit of 64-bit processing, but today 64-bit processors have almost become common amongst desktop PCs.
Ira Wilsker, host of the Computer Information Hour weekly radio show on KLVI in Beaumont, Texas, recently reviewed PC Pitstop’s OverDrive scan and calls it “an outstanding tool to checkout the condition of any computer …”.
All NEW. Finally a product that downloads and installs drivers automatically.
Check out the all new Driver Alert — now featuring DriverMatic technology that allows you to automatically install most new drivers at the click of a button.
PC PITSTOP announces our Windows 7 Readiness Test is available for you now. Check your systems hardware to learn how it will perform using Windows 7. It only takes a second and when you’re done download the FREE Windows 7 RC1 from Microsoft.
We’re coming into the home stretch for the release of Windows 7. Tuesday May5th, Microsoft made available Windows 7 RC 1 for everyone to download. In an attempt to avoid a server jamming rush there are no time limits on how long you have to download this release. There are no limitations on keys available and the servers are giving good to great download speeds.
Getting tried of confusion over drivers? Drivers 101 is included in this edition and it’s going to be a big help to a lot of people. Simple, concise information to remove all those questions and get you on track to understanding drivers.
Ever have problems opening a link in Outlook Express?
Are the BIG BOYS giving you the run around? Let them know what you want and get help before your out of warranty.
Q. Becky asks: I have a HP Pavilion a1700n running Windows Vista Home Premium. After 9 months or so all of the USB ports stopped working. I’ve never even plugged anything into the one on the back of the tower. I’ve tried different flash drives but it doesn’t recognize them. Printers plugged into any USB port do not work. I tried to follow the steps given on
Itâ€™s been a full 6 months since the release of Windows XP SP3. The unsuspecting public downloaded it faster than Tom Cruise jumps a couch, and it wasnâ€™t long before 25% of us found we had grabbed a ticking time bomb. Endless reboots, blue screens, data loss and reinstalls were the wails coming from every help forum on the World Wide Web. In some cases John Q Public didnâ€™t even know the grenade was coming. It was tossed in the middle of the night by Microsoftâ€™s Automatic Update service. You donâ€™t need to imagine the problems this created because you lived it.
An all new 3D Video Test has been added to PC Pitstop OverDrive.
Now you can measure your graphics capabilities as they relate to the requirements of high end games or business work stations. Find your World Ranking for all hardware in one test. Pitstop does it all, does it fast, and does it FREE
This year marks the 10th anniversary of windows 98. Because of this and the fact that Vista is getting so much press, albeit negative, we decided to do an actual comparison using Windows 98, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, just to get a true idea of how far technology has progressed. The results might be surprising to some of you and were certainly an eye-opener for me.
PC Pitstop Research took a look at the display, media (sound card) and network drivers for the PCs that ran our on line tests during the month of October 2007. Based on our observations, these hardware classes include devices that are likely to have the most frequent driver updates. When we compared a PC’s installed driver date to the newest driver date for a given device in our database, we were able to determine the percentage of PCs that were not using the newest driver for their hardware component.
In 1985, I remember fondly opening the box to my first PC. It had 768K of memory, a 6 Mhz processor, and a 10 MB hard drive. It was a state of the art, technological marvel. I wrote my master’s thesis in a program called EZ Writer, and I planned my life and balanced my books in Lotus 123. It did everything I wanted it and more. I never thought it was slow, except when I saved to the 5.25 inch floppy.
Commentary: Vista – RAM Guzzler
New Test: Try our Vista Readiness Test
Windows Tip: For those with reading glasses…
Research: Close to 3/4 of PC’s are not Vista Ready
Windows Tweak: Recover previous hard drive space