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Ever had trouble getting printers up and working on your network? PCSTATS has a handy Guide to printer sharing on a home network that you won't want to miss.

Motherboards are the backbone of every computer, and right now there a handful of competing chipsets vying for the top spot. Up first in this issue is the Intel P965 Express based Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H, a good solid Core 2 Duo board. The Gigabyte 945GM-S2 aims to bring onboard GMA 950 video into the fold, and also supports Intel's wunderkind of a chip - the Core 2 Duo. The ECS KA3 MVP is one of rare breed of ATI Crossfire Xpress 3200 based platforms, and while we are considerably unimpressed by the whole Crossfire dual videocard system, the Xpress 3200 chipset is very competitive. The Gigabyte M58SLI S5 and Epox MF570 SLI motherboards are each built with the nVidia nForce 590 SLI and 570 SLI chipsets respectively; both are good and quick. That's a lot of motherboard to consider, and with the impact processors have these days much of the differences reside with onboard features. The Athlon64 vs. Core 2 Duo face off is certainly putting some fire into what has been a pretty dull summer for technology.

PCSTATS Weekly TechTip rounds out this issue as always, and I've just added a whole bunch of freshly archived back issues to the PCSTATS Newsletter Archive !

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Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H P965 Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

The Foxconn P9657AA-8KS2H motherboard offers a great mix of performance and value for the Intel Pentium D or Core 2 Duo microprocessor. The board comes with scant little in terms of bundled in accessories, but it is one of least expensive P965 Express boards out there. Onboard goodies include a PCI Express x1-based Gigabit network card and 7.1 channel audio codec. Upgrades are possible through a PCI Express x1, x4 and x16 slot, and three 32 bit PCI slots. You can install a maximum of 8GB of DDR2-800 memory into the system.Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 945G Express Core 2 Duo Motherboard Review

For the Intel Core 2 Duo, boards like the Gigabyte GA-945GM-S2 don't cost much, come with onboard video, have high definition content optimizations, and tick off all the major must have's for a modern PC. Cheap and feature packed, sounds like a winning recipe doesn't it? The microATX board accommodates a maximum of 4GB of DDR2 400/533/667 memory in a dual channel configuration. The GA-945GM-S2 supports all Socket 775 processors and most significantly features onboard Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 950 videocard at the rear I/O. Continue Here>>

ECS KA3 MVP Extreme Crossfire Xpress 3200 Motherboard Review

ECS' Extreme KA3 MVP Extreme motherboard which is built upon the ATI 'RD580' CrossFire Xpress 3200 northbridge and ATI 'SB600' southbridge. The ECS KA3 MVP Extreme supports all socket AM2 processors on the market and accomodates 8GB of DDR2-800 memory in a dual channel configuration. The two PCI Express x16 slots are reserved for videocards, and operate with 16 PCI Express lanes each that connect directly to the 'RD580' Crossfire Xpress 3200 northbridge.Continue Here>>

Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-S5 nForce 590 SLI Motherboard Review

If you're looking for a top of the line gaming system based on the AMD socket AM2 processor, it's almost guaranteed that your motherboard chipset will be the nVidia nForce 590 SLI. If you're thinking about getting into the best AM2 has to offer, the Gigabyte GA-M59SLI-G5 motherboard is a pretty sweet starting point. Onboard the GA-M59SLI-G5 'S-Series' motherboard you'll find 7.1 channel audio, Gigabit networking , a Serial ATA II/RAID and three physical PCI Express x16 graphics card slots!Continue Here>>

Epox EP-MF570 SLI nForce 570 SLI Motherboard Review

The nice thing about computers is that if you do your homework, you can buy yourself a very modular system from the start. First, seek out something built on nVIDIA's nForce 570 SLI chipset; it's not top of the line but offers good value. The Epox MF570 SLI has two PCI Express x16 slots for dual graphics cards, and will support SLI, but with each videocard receiving 8 PCI Express lanes each instead of 16. This is an AMD socket AM2 motherboard with storage options that are more varied than the new Core 2 Duo motherboards offer... Continue Here>>

Beginners Guides: Printer Sharing on a Home Network

Printers are essential modern conveniences, networking with your computer to offer you the power of a small copy shop in your living room. Wouldn't it be much better if every computer in the house or office could print directly? In this short but sweet guide, PCstats will look at how to make a printer available over your home network using Windows XP's built-in sharing abilities. If you need help in setting up your home network, be sure to read PCSTATS in depth guide to Home Networking and Wireless Networking before getting started here. Continue Here>>

PCstats Weekly Tech Tips: Networking Denial

Networking in WindowsXP can be a very tedious task, and frustrating if the PC is denied access to a shared folder even if it's open to the rest of the network. Luckily there's a quick and easy registry tweak that will solve this issue once and for good.

Load up the Windows registry editor (Start -> Run then type "regedit" and press the OK button) and follow this path HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SYSTEM -> CurrentControlSet -> Control->Lsa. From there in the right hand window, modify or create the "restrictanonymous" DWORD and give it a value of "0". After that's done, save reboot and you're set! No more "You might not have permission to use this network resource" errors when connecting to a public network folder.

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