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.Videocard BIOS
.Making DVDs
.WinXP Safe Mode
.Gigabyte PCI-E
.Albatron WIDIO
.PCstats Weekly Tips
Windows BSOD Crash Recovery

It's now officially Fall, and that can mean only one thing... get your PCI-Express videocards and Athlon64 chips ready, because things are going to heat up next month!

In any event, please take a moment to look through this weeks PCstats Newsletter; Mike has just finished work on an excellent guide on Crash Recovery and the Windows Blue Screen of Death, among several others listed below... and of course our Weekly PCstats Tech Tip!

Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery: The Blue Screen of Death
Continue on... A BSOD will strike every Windows PC at least once. PCstats lays out the ground rules to fixing the problems that can cause a Blue Screen of Death. Or, you can just reinstall your ENTIRE PC... it's your choice!

If you've ever used Windows, chances are you've experienced the lovely shade of blue associated with the famous Windows Stop Error or 'Blue Screen of Death.' This frequent, although less so in newer operating systems, error occurs whenever Windows senses a software, hardware or driver error which will not allow it to continue operating properly. In other words, it happens all the time, for all sorts of reasons. In this article we'll provide you with a set of tools for troubleshooting that you can use to get around any Blue Screen Of Death. Continue Here>>

Advanced Guide: Flashing a Video Card BIOS
Continue on...

This *not* something for the novice to undertake, flashing your video card BIOS may lead to performance and feature enhancements.

We recently ran an article on flashing (reprogramming) the BIOS of your motherboard to enable new features and fix errors. That got us thinking that we'd only covered half the story. Sure, hardware enthusiasts have been upgrading the BIOS on their motherboards for years, but what about the other components of a computer system? Video cards in particular have an interesting history in relation to the BIOS flashing procedure. In this article, PCstats will describe the process of flashing your video card's BIOS chip. We cover the potential benefits and risks of the procedure, as well as specific steps for both ATI and Nvidia cards. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Making DVD Movies from Video Files
Continue on... Making a DVD out of your own video files (or home movies) isn't too hard. In fact, we'll walk you through the task step by step.

Video cameras have been getting more high-tech, more capable and more available to the average consumer. The result of this is that there are a lot of camcorders out there. Despite the advent of new technology like straight-to-DVD recording and purely digital storage, the majority of camcorder films still end up on VHS tape for viewing. Given the imminent death of the VCR (as soon as recordable DVD set-top boxes become an affordable item), we feel it's a good time to get a jump on converting your treasured home movies to recordable DVDs. In a recent Beginner's Guide , we explored the process of turning your videotaped home movies into compressed video files for storage and display on your computer. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Windows XP Safe Mode Explained

Hit F8 to boot your PC in to Safe Mode, and from there..... what? Safe Mode is a powerful tool for fixing problems in Windows, and finally PCstats explains how to actually use it In this article, PCstats will explain how Windows XP's various 'Safe Modes' work, how you access them and how they can help you troubleshoot various software and operating system issues. Now, isn't this a handy topic!? Windows XP safe mode provides you with a basic graphics driver (enough to display the user interface), access to your drives and windows configuration, and very little else.Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GV-NX57128D PCI-E Videocard Review
The Gigabyte GV-NX57128D video card is a PCI Express x16 solution that is based on the GeForcePCX 5750 GPU. The blue-PCB card is backed up by 128MB of TSOP-II 3.6ns Samsung DRAM, and it supports S-Video out, DVI and analog connections. The card doesn't require any extra power connectors incidently. In customary Gigabyte fashion, the GV-NX57128D videocard comes bundled with an S-Video-to-Composite converter, good for those of you who plan to hook up your PC to the computer. Continue Here>>
MSI PCX5750-TD128 PCI-E Videocard Review

The MSI PCX5750-TD128 is a PCI-Express x16 solution based on the venerable nVidia GeForcePCX 5750 core, and comes with 128MB of standard DDR memory running at 500MHz. Aside from the PCI-E x16 connector on the bottom of the card, it would hard to tell the PCX5750-TD128 apart from the reference GeForcePCX 5750 AGP videocard. Both feature pretty similar components, and indeed the GPUs are identical. Continue Here>>

Albatron WIDIO Wireless Audio System Review

The Albatron Widio Deluxe wireless audio receiver and transmitter is a small glossy white and green i-Pod sized device which allows users to listen to music at distances of up to 50m (164 feet) from the audio source.

Albatron's Widio works on a 2.4GHz wireless signal, and its receiver can also tune into FM radio signals for those times when you get tired of listening to the same old CDs or MP3s. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Colours and Desktop Settings

This tip is for system admins. If you're worried about novice computer users downloading spyware and other nuisances onto their machines, why not disable that ability altogether?

Simply load up you Internet Options, then select the Security Tab and click on the Internet icon. From there click the Custom Level button, and that will open up a new Security Settings Window. Now scroll down to the Downloads section, and under File download check the Disable radio box. Click the Ok button, that will prompt you about changing security settings and press Ok again once you get to the Internet Properties window.

When the user tries to download files in the future, Windows will pop up an error message stating that feature has been disabled.

Hey if you visit the PCStats forums, why not post your picture so we can see who we're talking to? [Editor's Note: If you see Colin on the street be sure to say 'hi', as for me, I'll just sit this one out! ;-) ]
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