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33 Articles Found in the Hardware Topic  (or one of the sub-topics in bold above)

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Douglas.M
1. A PC Repair Tale

This story describes a real life experience I had with a computer that had more than one problem with it.

8 months ago
(3 Comments , last by Chatlie12.m )

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2. A Tale Of Two PC Troubleshooting Customers

This article describes 2 PC troubleshooting encounters I had where the outcomes became intertwined with one another.

47 months ago
(4 Comments , last by Ron.P )

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Douglas.M
3. An App Generator from Before They Had Modern Apps

This article discusses an “app generator” from the 1990s before we had modern apps. It is used to make a simple bar code scanning app for Toyota Denso BarCode Handy Terminal infrared scanning devices.

5 months ago
(3 Comments , last by Kenneth.E )

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Douglas.M
4. An Easy, Cheap Way To Get Going After A PC Fails From A Bad Motherboard

This article describes a quick, economical way to get up and running after a PC with a viable hard disk fails due to defective electronic components.

47 months ago
(2 Comments , last by Catherine.S )

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Mike Prestwood
5. Cat 5, 5e, 6, and 6a Connectors

Do I need different connectors for Cat 6 then what I'm currently using for Cat 5?

Posted to KB Topic: Wired Networking
9 years ago

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6. Cat 5e and Gigabit Networks

Can I run a Gigabit network over Category 5 or Category 5e?

Posted to KB Topic: Wired Networking
9 years ago
(2 Comments , last by lyon.m )

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7. DDR SDRAM Memory Module

DDR RAM generally comes in one of  four speeds: PC1600, PC2100, PC2700, and PC3200.

Posted to KB Topic: RAM
9 years ago

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Douglas.M
8. Easy Steps For Replacing A Damaged Laptop Computer Screen

This article describes steps for replacing a damaged lcd display in a PC laptop computer.

 

38 months ago

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Wes Peterson
9. Failed Hard Drives and RAID If you've used computers for more than a few years, you know that you don't wonder IF a hard drive will fail - you wonder WHEN. It just happened to me - again. But this time it looks like the results will be pretty painless. The reasons? * RAID Level 1 * Superb Hard Drive manufacturer warranty support
10 years ago, and updated 28 days ago
(15 Entries , last by james.s6 )

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Douglas.M
10. Get The Correct Memory Modules To Make Your Pc Run Better

This article describes an online test you can run on your PC to detect the correct type of memory it will use as well as the maximum amount.

Posted to KB Topic: RAM
48 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Lyndsey.K )

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lowster11
11. Google Android Blog

This is hard trying to nav the boards in my Droid SDK!

Posted to KB Topic: Wireless Networking
8 years ago, and updated 52 days ago
(12 Entries , last by Anna_K.B )

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Wes Peterson
12. Great Sound for $30? For a while, now, most new computers have come equipped with a sound system on the main board. Unfortunately, many of them are not very good. Would you believe that a simple, $30 upgrade can deliver superb sound and recordings?
11 years ago

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Wes Peterson
13. High Capacity DVDs - Blue Ray or HD? Two relatively new DVD standards have emerged, HD DVD, and Blue Ray DVD. What are the differences?
Posted to KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
11 years ago, and updated 10 years ago

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Douglas.M
14. How I Replaced a Damaged LCD Screen In a Laptop

This describes the steps I took aided by photos of how I replaced the LCD screen in a laptop computer.

5 months ago

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Douglas.M
15. How to Copy Files and Folders from a Crashed Hard Disk That Will Not Start Windows

This article describes how a USB data transfer cable with 3 different sockets can be used to recover data from a software crash on a hard drive.

5 months ago
(1 Comments , last by Alysia.B )

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Mike Prestwood
16. ISO Image A disk image of an ISO 9660 file system usually with a .ISO extension. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and standard 9660 describes a standard for storing data on a CD or DVD. An ISO image (or .ISO file) is a single computer file that is a copy of an existing file system (all files including all the filesystem metadata (boot code, structures, attributes, etc.). An ISO image can contain the entire contents of a CD or DVD.
Posted to KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
10 years ago

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17. ISO Recorder http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm
Posted to KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
10 years ago

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Eric Prestwood
18. Know Your CAT Cables

Here is an overview of some of the most common ethernet over twisted pair cables (or CAT cables) currently used.

Posted to KB Topic: Cables and Connectors
6 years ago

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lowster11
19. Laptop PCs: basic troubleshooting and repair

Individuals who seek to get work done away from an external power source cite usable battery life as one of the key factors involved in how much work they can get done while on the go. Yet many of those same individuals don't know how much latitude they have in controlling power consumption while operating on battery power, nor do they always take the steps necessary to maximize battery lifetime. Over the long term, proper storage of your battery when not in active use can also extend its lifetime significantly as well.

8 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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Daniel Fought
20. LUN Logical Unit Number (LUN)
10 years ago

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Mike Prestwood
21. MbPS Megabits (mb) per second. A bit is either a 0 or 1 (a digit) and a byte is a string of 8 bits. 8 mbps (megabits per second) equals 1 MB/sec (megabytes per second). Therefore 54 mbps is equal to a max of 6.75 MB/second.
11 years ago, and updated 11 years ago
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Douglas.M
22. Modern Storage Media Is Great, But Ya Gotta Use It

This article discusses how storage media has improved dramatically since the early 1990s.

5 months ago

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Wes Peterson
23. Move Over External Hard Drives, NAS is Here! Network Attached Storage isn't new, but it's become affordable, and it has many advantages over the external hard drive. The NAS (Network Attached Storage) device is a lot like an external hard drive and connect similar to how network file servers connect. NAS devices are similar. They typically have a small, firmware-embedded Linux kernal, a web-hosted management interface, and support some number of hard drives.
10 years ago, and updated 10 years ago
(4 Comments , last by Darrell.H )

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Wes Peterson
24. RAID

RAID is the acronym for a Redundant Array of Independent Drives. RAID specifies several "levels," 0, 1, etc. Different levels provide different options. One level allows you to combine multiple smaller drives into one, huge volume. Another level offers tremendous performance boosts by "striping" data across multiple drives such that reads and writes are split across the drives. If one drive fails, the other takes over until the bad drive is replaced. Once replaced, the RAID subsystem automatically restores the mirror.

10 years ago, and updated 8 years ago

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25. Removable Disks - a brief overview & history Wherever would we be without portable, inexpensive removable media? From the old, eight-inch floppy, to the latest Blue Ray DVD format, little spinning disks have provided computer users with convient, off-line storage. This is a brief overview and history of the various disk formats that have come, gone, and are - for the moment - sticking around.
Posted to KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
11 years ago, and updated 10 years ago

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26. Samsung Will Ship a 256GB Solid State Drive This Year! Many industry experts predict sold state drives will replace disc-based hard drives.
10 years ago, and updated 10 years ago
(8 Comments , last by Bethzy.E )

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Daniel Fought
27. SAN A high speed network of storage devices availabe to all servers on a LAN or WAN
10 years ago

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Wes Peterson
28. The Wonder of Network Print Servers

Network print servers are an inexpensive and great solution to a common home or office network.  Sure you can "share" printers attached to particular machines, but that creates a dependency on that machine being up and running.

With a network print server, that dependency disappears. People on the network can print without a particular machine being on and available.

They solve one other important problem, too.

7 years ago

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Douglas.M
29. Upgrade Your PC And Downgrade Your Price

This article discusses a real life example of how I got more computer for myself at a lower cost.

6 months ago

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Mike Prestwood
30. Virtual CloneDrive (Mount ISO Image File) http://www.elby.ch/fun/software/index.html
Posted to KB Topic: Removable Storage Technology
10 years ago

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31. Weak Wireless Signal

If you have a USB wireless device such as a wireless NIC, mouse controller, etc. that has a weak signal because of location, try adding a USB extension cable and placing the device in a more open location.

USB cables from stores such as Radio Shack, Best Buy, etc. are over priced 5 or 6 times what you can get on the internet.

For wireless network cards, you can also buy a range-extending antenna for the computer's WiFi card or router, or a wireless range extender.

Posted to KB Topic: Wireless Networking
9 years ago

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Douglas.M
32. When Creativity and Resourcefulness Make The Difference

This article talks about a PC repair encounter where I needed to be more resourceful than usual to fix the problem.

6 months ago

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lowster11
33. Wireless Router & Security: A Step-By-Step Guide

Setting up a wireless router is easy. Essentially you turn your cable or DSL modem off and your wireless router on. Then, you connect the router to the modem with a cable, and turn the modem back on. You are more or less done. The wireless network wizard on your computer will pick up the router and, if your ISP does not have any special requirements, away-you-go, you are on the Internet.

Posted to KB Topic: Wireless Networking
8 years ago
(3 Comments , last by mprestwood )

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