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Know my Windows PC

Know my Windows PC

Being a geek one has to assemble his own machine and not just that it is a lot cheaper than buying one from HP or Dell. I will go into the hardware and then the software I use on this PC. This is my main computer and I use it much more than my...

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Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

Cheap DIY esata Enclosure Hack for 2.5″ Laptop SATA Drive

If your laptop or desktop features an eSATA port, then you can take advantage of it and connect your external drive to the eSATA port for faster data access, when compared to USB. But the standard eSATA enclosures are way costlier. This hack tells you, how to convert your existing USB enclosure to eSATA...

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SSD Hack (Configuration Optimization) for Windows 7

SSD Hack (Configuration Optimization) for Windows 7

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are the latest craze of the geek community as they have become increasingly affordable. SSDs provide the single most important upgrade that your computer is in need off. I recently got mine. This post is going to list out all the hacks and tweaks that one needs to apply to...

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Laptop Plugged in Not Charging (HP, Dell, Lenovo)

Laptop Plugged in Not Charging (HP, Dell, Lenovo)

I recently bought a HP Pavilion dm3 laptop, nice looking ultra portable laptop with low power Core i3 CPU. Everything seem to be working fine till I noticed that the laptop battery won’t charge when I plug it in. It would just say Laptop Plugged in, Not Charging. It gave me the real scare,...

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How to Find Detailed Hardware Configuration of Your PC

How to Find Detailed Hardware Configuration of Your PC

There are plenty of softwares that allow you to find the detailed hardware configuration of your desktop or laptop, without having to look under the hood. You can find the number of slots for RAM and even the type and make  of RAM installed in these slots without opening the case of your desktop...

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How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

How to Manually Eject Stuck CD / DVD / Blud Ray Drive

Whether your power supply for the computer failed or your computer got spiked during a thunderstorm or your drives motor is stuck or got busted. Whatever may be the reason you might be needing to manually eject the CD/DVD/Blu Ray drive on your computer (desktop or laptop) to yank out the DVD which you...

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Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Can I Turn a Laptop LCD to a Desktop Monitor?

Most certainly you can, and that too without having to spend a fortune or two and without having to stress your grey cells. All you need to buy is the appropriate controller board kit from ebay. You would have to mention your LCD panel type (manufacturer name and model number and resolution) to the...

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Apple iPad and Why iDon’t Like It: True Story of iPad Dude

Apple iPad and Why iDon’t Like It: True Story of iPad Dude

Let me put the record straight by saying Apple’s so hailed magical iPad makes no sense to me. To me even the keynote yesterday felt flawed and lackluster. I will try and justify my case, hopefully better than  what S J did yesterday. If not, who cares, it is not exclusive right of Apple...

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Apple iPad: Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy It!

Apple iPad: Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy It!

Steve jobs in his introductory statement for iPad said that this is better than a Netbook, and Apple’s website claims it to be “Our most advanced technology in a magical and revolutionary device at an unbelievable price”. But it seems that iPad is the worst implementation of the most advanced technology out there. It...

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How to Fix a Nikon SB-600 Flash Stuck Zoom

If you Nikon SB-600 Flash powers up, makes funny whizzing noise and then the LCD display shows blinking “–” (instead of the lens focal length), then most likely the motor inside the flash has broken off from its original place. This can happen if you drop your flash or bump it against something. If...

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Find RAM Type and Speed From Commandline in Ubuntu 9.10 (Linux)

If you need to find out the type of RAM and it’s speed or the number of slots available in your computer without having to open the case. Then you can do so in linux machines (Ubuntu 9.10 or Fedora 12 etc) by using the following command: sudo dmidecode --type 17 It would generate...

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Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

Super Cheap DIY Homemade HTPC Computer Case

I needed a computer case. but didn’t want to invest any money in it as I would be making a long distance journey in near future and won’t be able to lug the heavy case along. DIY solution comes to the rescue. Computer case made of cardboard box! This is built for my test...

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DIY Free Keyboard Cover to Keep Dust Out

DIY Free Keyboard Cover to Keep Dust Out

Build a super cheap cover for your desktop keyboard. It would take you 5-10 minutes, and the raw materials needed are: two sheets of paper (please use paper which is already printed on at least one side and not needed), some glue and a postcard from the junk promotional snail mails that you get....

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Solution to Laptop Overheating Problem

If your laptop is on the verge of burning your lap, its time to buy a laptop cooling pad. They are easy and cheap solutions, they enhance your laptop’s life and yes it does work. So shedding a 20 odd bucks for your hundreds of dollar worth investment is justified. It would help you...

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Best Approach to Apply And Remove Thermal Compound/Paste

My Shuttle desktop Core2 Quad Q9550 processor was always showing idle temperature around 50 deg C. I got a little concerned that I overdid the thermal compound application between the CPU and the heat sink. So, I decided to re-seat the heat sink and reapply the thermal paste. I googled on ways to remove...

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Why Should You Build Your Own PC?

Recently I was having an argument with one of my friends that it is cheaper to build (assemble) your own PC than to buy it from a seller like HP, or Dell, or Lenovo. Yes this is true, but this is clearly not the only reason for assembling your own PC. Let me list...

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Monitor Processor & GPU Temperature for Desktop & Laptop

Monitor Processor & GPU Temperature for Desktop & Laptop

Sometimes it is very important to monitor your computer’s CPU and/or GPU temperature, e.g. if you are overclocking your CPU or if you are worried about your computer’s well being or may be you are just feeling geeky. Whatever be the reason, you can do so by using the following utilities: 1. SpeedFan (Windows:...

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Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Super Cheap HTPC Build (under $300)

Build a HTPC for under $300 with full HD video support.

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Find Hardware Profile of Your Computer in Ubuntu 9.10

Some useful linux commands and procedures to help you out with day to day work. 1. Looking under the hood ( how to generate Hardware profile for your system): Assuming that you are running either Ubuntu or Fedora, lets first install lshw

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