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- BSOD Crash Recovery
- Albatron 7300GS GFX
- ECS 945G Mobo
- Samsung 1GB MP3
- ABIT AN8-32X
- PCstats Weekly Tips

Upgrade or Else, Microsoft Windows 98SE Finally Expires

Today marks the passing of a long time friend and nemesis. Microsoft Windows 98, Windows 98SE and Windows ME are being officially laid to rest. If your PC is still running any of these operating systems, you have until July 11, 2006. On that day, the little computer status light will flicker for just a second, as the plug is forever pulled on Microsoft technical support, security updates and critical patches for these Operating Systems (your computer will soldier on though). Windows 98SE will go quietly on that day, survived by Windows 2K/XP/x64 Edition and seven bouncing baby versions of Windows Vista. "My oh my... it seems like just yesterday we that '95 was launched, and now the end of '98SE is here," said a distraught Blue Screen of Death repair man who wished to remain anonymous.

With that in mind, the first guide this Newsletter is on Crash Recovery and dealing with the Blue Screen of Death. After that Beginners Guide, we walk through reviews of the new Albatron 7300GSS videocard, ECS 945G-M3 Intel VIIV certified motherboard, Samsung YP-U1ZB portable MP3 player, and ABIT's AN8-32x AMD Athlon64 motherboard. PCSTATS Weekly Tech Tip is on FireFox, so take a look.

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Max Page

Beginners Guides: Crash Recovery & The Blue Screen of Death

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! In this article will walk you through the BSOD in many of its most familiar incarnations. We will not be exploring and cataloguing what each BSOD means, but rather providing a set of tools for troubleshooting that you can use to get around any Blue Screen Of Death, or constant crash issue. Just another step in PCstats' never-ending quest to save your hard earned cash from going to the computer repair shop. Continue Here>>

Albatron GeForce 7300GS128 PCI Express x16 Videocard Review

The Albatron GeForce 7300GS128 is one of this new breed of entry level videocards, and it packs a decent 3D punch for around. The tiny 90nm nVidia Geforce 7300GS GPU is backed up with 128MB of GDDR2 memory, and it has the special ability to page another 128MB of system memory for a total of 256MB. We'd recommend the minimum system memory for a WindowsXP computer be at least 512MB when using this Albatron videocard. The Albatron 7300GS128 is a PCI Express x16 videocard which fully supports dual monitors with its DVI and analog outputs, and even includes a TV output jack which can come in handy. Continue Here>>

ECS 945G-M3 Motherboard Review

Intel might be touting VIIV as the next great thing for home entertainment, but there's nothing Earth shattering about taking a Micro ATX based PC, installing WindowsXP Media Center slapping on a shiny sticker. The brand spanking new ECS 945G-M3 motherboard is one of the first generation Intel VIIV compatible boards to be touted as such. However if you just want a low cost workstation PC with an onboard Intel graphics card, the ECS 945G-M3 fits that purpose well with IEEE 1394a Firewire, an Intel Gigabit NIC, Intel's Azalia high definition 7.1 audio codec and of course Intel's Graphics Media Accelerator 950... Continue Here>>

Samsung Yepp YP-U1ZB 1GB MP3 Player Review

The Samsung YP-U1ZB MP3 player has 1GB of memory and a nice black and white back-lit LCD display. The YP-U1ZB draws power from an internal rechargeable Li-polymer battery that puts out roughly 13-hours of music. Best of all, the whole contraption recharges right in the USB slot with the same USB2.0 jack it uses for moving data. Now, how about those headphones? Continue Here>>

ABIT AN8-32X nForce4 SLI x16 Motherboard Review

ABIT's newest flagship Athlon64 motherboard is the ABIT AN8 32X, based upon the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset (nVidia C51D and CK804 SLI). As you know, the nForce4 SLI x16 chipset allows two nVIDIA PCI Express videocards to run in SLI mode with each card receiving the full 16 PCI Express lanes. Expansion is taken care of with the pair of aforementioned PCI Express x16 slots... Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Firefox, Privacy and Passwords

One feature I love about FireFox is that it remembers a lot more passwords than IE will, and security is not an issue for me because I don't share my PC with other users. For everyone who works off of a communal PC, security with passwords is something you might might want to be a bit more careful about. Luckily, FireFox allows users to set a "Master Password" which can block or unlock access to all the user names and passwords it stores for a particular user.

To enable this feature, load up FireFox 1.5 or later and go to "Tools", then "Options" and click the "Privacy" lock. Once that's done, click the Passwords tab, and click on the "Set Master Password..." button. Enter a password that you'll remember twice, then press the Ok button and Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah!

From now on, whenever FireFox goes to a website which requires a user name and password (which it has in memory from your past visits), the Master Password option will pop up once a session to verify the user is who the user should be. Once you enter your master password, Firefox will unlock all the password data specific to your accounts for pre-filling login boxes.

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