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- Linux Part 3
- MSI 6600GT
- 1GB Yepp
- Install HDD Guide
- Yepp YH-925GS
- Zenith VNF4-Ultra
- Corsair Xpert DDR
- PCstats Weekly Tips
Linux Part 3 and New Hardware Reviews

The saga continues... PCSTATS presents the third and final part in its Beginners Guide to Linux series; this time the topic turns to getting new software up and running in Linux. Enjoy!

The Asus K8N4-E motherboard is the focus of our attention this week, as it combines socket 754 Athlon64 processors with PCI Express capabilities. Following that review are benchmarks for the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP special edition Geforce 6600GT videocard, and a quick test of Samsung's new Yepp YP-MT6Z portable music player with its 1GB of flash memory.

We've also put together a concise Beginners Guide to Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive. This is a complex task, so hopefully this article will answer those nagging hard drive installation questions before things go awry. The Weekly Tech Tip, and a pile of other reviews are yours to discover, so get cracking! :)

Beginners Guides: Linux Part 3: Installing New Software
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Linux is free, relatively easy to install, but what about software? How do you add programs and software in an environment that isn't based on the familiar rules of the Microsoft Windows world?
In the first two parts of our set of Beginner's Guides to the Linux operating system, we familiarized you with the popular KDE desktop environment via a 'live' CD Linux distribution and explored installing Linux permanently onto your system. As you've probably realized by now, modern Linux versions including SUSE 9.1, which we used in Part 2 of the guide, can perform almost all of the functions which we take for granted with Windows, making switching operating systems much less painful. But what if you need or want to install new programs in the future? In this third PCSTATS Beginner's Guide to the Linux operating system, we're going to explore an essential Linux skill; how to track down and add new software packages to your Linux installation.Continue Here>>

Asus K8N4-E Deluxe Motherboard Review
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The Asus K8N4-E Deluxe motherboard is based around the nForce4 chipset, this motherboard supports Socket 754 AMD Athlon64 or Sempron processors. It's memory slots will accommodate up to 3GB of single channel DDR memory. Graphics come courtesy of a standard PCI Express x16 slot, which is the key selling point as far as we're concerned. Expansion needs are cared for with an unusual arrangement of three PCIe x1 slots and three conventional PCI slots. Continue Here>>

MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP Videocard Review
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Right now, the GeForce 6600GT GPU is easily one of the hottest items in the computer world. It's a mainstream GPU that doesn't have the same level of pizzazz as the Geforce 6800 Ultra or Radeon X850XT-series, but you really can't beat the value a 6600GT offers up so inexpensively. With this in mind, follow along as PCSTATS tests the MSI NX6600GT-VTD128SP AGP 8X videocard...Continue Here>>

Samsung Yepp YP-MT6Z 1GB MP3 Player Review
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The Yepp YP-MT6Z's retails for a remarkably affordable price compared to just a year or two ago, given its 1GB of internal flash memory. Furthermore, in a rare move of consumer friendly design, the Yepp YP-MT6Z is powered by a single AA battery that will last for upwards of 42 hours (straight playback). About the size of a pack of Wrigley's gum, the Samsung Yepp YP-MT6Z incorporates a digital FM Tuner with 20 pre-sets, inline MP3 encoding, a voice recorder and eight EQ pre-sets. It plays MP3, WMA, ASF, Secure WMA and Ogg Vorbis music files. Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Formatting and Partitioning a Hard Drive
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Few other computer upgrades carry more potential complications and complexities than installing and preparing a newly purchased hard drive for use. Here at PCSTATS, we'd like to take some time to cover this important procedure in detail, so you won't have to pay your local computer shop to do it for you! In this Beginners Guide, we'll cover all the necessary steps for installing and preparing a second hard disk drive on both Win9x/ME and Win2K/XP systems, as well as setting up the hard drive for installation on a brand new computer with no operating system. Continue Here>>

Samsung Yepp YH-925GS Photo/MP3 player
Samsung has had reasonable success with its Yepp line of portable audio players and has recently tried its hand at making larger capacity hard disk-based MP3 players. The Yepp YH-925GS hard disk MP3 player/photo viewer contains a 20GB hard drive and sports a nice bright 1.8 inch, 260K colour LCD screen with a resolution of 160x128 pixels. 10 hours of audio playback come care of a 3.7V Lithium-ion rechargeable battery. As you'd expect, the YH-925GS can automatically function as a USB-based HDD storage device with any Windows 2000/XP computer as well.Continue Here>>
Chaintech Zenith VNF4 Ultra Motherboard Review

There's little doubt that if you're thinking about buying a new system or parts right now, Socket 939 Athlon64 + PCI Express is the way to go. Chaintech is one of the few manufacturers to produce an entry level motherboard for the socket 939 AMD Athlon64 processor, and from what we've seen, its Zenith VNF4 Ultra has been scooping up a lot of sales. Expansion is provided by three standard PCI slots and a pair of PCIe x1 connectors. Continue Here>>

Corsair Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XL DDR Memory Review
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Introducing the Corsair XMS Xpert TWINXP1024-3200XP dual-channel DDR kit. As you can see, it makes quite a first impression. this dual-channel, PC3200 pair of 512MB DDR DIMMs come with a pair of programmable digital displays which can be attached to the top of each module. These LED displays work with the included 'Memory Dashboard' software, allowing your memory to display several monitoring characteristics or even a custom scrolling message! 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: Hidden Network PCs

Connecting a computer to a local network is easy, but what if you don't want others on the LAN to be able to access it? Passwords are the first step, but what about hiding the PC completely so it's not even visible on the network?

To hide a computer from the network neighborhood you first must load up a command prompt (Start -> Run then type CMD and press enter). From there type 'net config server /hidden:yes' and then press the enter key. After that's done the PC you're working on should disappear from the browser list (note it can take up to 30 minutes). If you want the computer to show up again, simply replace the 'yes' with a 'no.'

If you have problems with this tip, or have questions, stop by the PCStats Forums Beginners Q and A section. All the cool kids are already there, so go! ;-)

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