Each year, around xmas, I publish a recommended budget PC article. This year I’m doing it slightly early, but decided to directly compare the spec and price this year with last year to see how things have developed.
This is just a quick post to mention an excellent guide I recently used when installing Windows 7 on an old Sony Vaio VGN-FZ31Z laptop. I was having significant difficulty installing several drivers, in particular those for the nVidia GeForce 8600M GS (hardware ID: PCI\VEN_10DE&DEV_0425&SUBSYS_9005104D&REV_A1) which was stubbornly remaining a “Standard vga adapter”. Sony don’t… Read more »
The HuntKey Jumper 300G / R90 is a very good value 80+ Gold PSU. For low & medium power 24.7 PCs it may repay its cost in around a year!
Anandtech have a handy guide to budget PCs for the xmas 2011 period. Below is my own take on what I’d recommend.
A guide to several ways to get old scanners working with Windows 7 x64. Also relevant to Vista and Windows 8.
As mentioned previously, I have recently ordered (for a family member) a Sony Vaio SB. Anandtech recently carried out a detailed review, so I have no intention of reinventing the wheel. This is just a supplementary review addressing a few additional thoughts
Intel have announced a new initiative to push laptops similar to the MacBook Air. The initial requirements are a weight of up to 1.4Kg, thickness of 20mm and battery life of 5+ hours. For manufacturers to qualify for intel marketing money ultrabooks also must have no optical drive, an SSD, and CULV processors. I have… Read more »
I’ve had problems with the new Seagate Momentus XT harddrive in my newest HTPC. The PC was locking up every 48 hours or so (which may have been related to standby), was occasionally jerky, and upon reboot would often refuse to boot with an error about a missing boot device, which could only be fixed… Read more »
I had a problem with an old Epson Stylus Photo R200 printer. Despite being loaded with paper and fresh genuine ink cartridges, the unit refused to print. The 2 red warning lights on top were flashing alternately. After considerable googling I discovered that this error code is related to the ink cartridge cleaning well. Apparently… Read more »
This article on PSU efficiency for a modern sandy bridge gaming PC follows on from 3 previous articles, about PSU efficiency for a , a and a .