This week’s email newsletter articles are:
- Updated Video Card Makes Huge Improvement
The last time I changed the video card in my desktop computer, I put in a pretty cheap model. It was a GeForce GT520 with 1GB of 64-bit DDR3 video RAM. The main features I wanted were that it works and that it was silent. This model had a large heatsink and no fan.
On the other hand, it wasn’t particularly fast. It seemed fast enough, but it did hurt my Windows Experience Index, which is a capabiliities index that Windows will calculate on your computer for comparison purposes.
The Windows Experience Index checks multiple PC components (CPU, memory, primary hard drive, graphics, and gaming graphics, Then, it rates the overall PC […]
- Vanishing Hard Drive — Solved
Recently, I upgraded my desktop computer by adding a new hard drive — a Seagate 4TB model — to give me lots of storage space for backup as well as temporary storage of video files recorded (for later viewing) by Windows Media Center.
Everything went well for a while. My desktop is using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit. Without any special software, Windows 7 recognizes the 4TB drive and can handle it as a data drive or a boot drive.
However, after a couple days, I got a Windows Media Center error that it could not record because there was no storage space available. […]
This Week Online — Blast From The Past
A Look at Articles from Past Newsletters
- Networking Your Printers for Computers, iPhones and iPads
I recently modified my home network to increase the accessibility of my printers. I have two printers. Now, both of them work with my desktop computers, my wireless laptop, our iPhones and my wife’s iPad. Installation and setup was surprisingly easy, too.
One printer is an HP Color Laserjet CP1518ni, which is built to be a network printer with its own IP address (no “Windows File & Printer Sharing” necessary). It hooks to the network via an Ethernet cable. The other printer is an older model, an HP Laserjet 1220se […]
- Computer Shutdowns, Power Supplies, and Heat
Subscriber David Weisner wrote recently to advise that he had continuing PC shutdown problems that he was having difficulty diagnosing. David wrote back with some more information on his problem:
Thanks for getting back to me. However the problem is just another feature of the original problem you responded to. When I plug in any USB hard drive it causes the computer to instantly shut down. I purchased a new USB hard drive because I thought the other drive was bad but it had the same problems […]
- Turning Windows Features On or Off
Windows has a number of features and built-in applications (and servers) that you can optionally enable or disable. The Windows Features dialog box allows you to turn these Windows features on or off.
You can access the Windows Features dialog box via Start > Control Panel > Programs. Then, under the heading Programs and Features, click the "Turn Windows features on or off" link[…]
- Converting Vinyl LP Records to Digital
Subscriber Cary wrote with questions about project common to many people:
I’m starting a little project to record about 100 vinyl LPs to mp3s on my hard drive. I\’m looking for free software that will let me record a line-in source. I\’ve heard that Audacity is very good, but one critical feature I want is for the software to recognize a few seconds of silence as the end/beginning of a song and stop/re-start recording a new song. Otherwise, I\’ll end up with one very long mp3 that is basically the contents of the entire album. Do you have any recommendations?
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