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Issue 6

 (c), Mark Walmsley 2003

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Welcome to issue 6. Its hard to believe a month has passed since the last release. It has been a busy month, with (, going through some major updates and changes, and the launch of our games preview site, Check them out.     

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1 Members Area


The members area for the mother of this Newsletter WinRag can be previewed from the following page.

The members area has troubleshooting guides, install guides, free downloads, 3rd party e-books, games, etc plus now an extended version of this newsletter.

Access to the area is only $35 for first year then $5 a year afterwards, you can signup from the below link The area is continually being updated, with many new plans in the pipeline. 


2 Inside your PC Part 2 - The Processor


This month I will look at the processor. So what is the processor? Well in the simplest of terms, it’s your computers brain. The processor tells your computer what to do and when to do it, it decides which tasks are more important and prioritizes them to your computers needs.

There is and has been many processors on the market, running at many different speeds. The speed is measured in Megahertz or MHz. A single MHz is a calculation of 1 million cycles per second (or computer instructions), so if you have a processor running at 2000 MHz, then your computer is running at 2000,000,000 cycles per second, which in more basic terms is the amount of instructions your computer can carry out. Another important abbreviation is Gigahertz or GHz. A single GHz or 1 GHz is the same as 1000 MHz . Sounds a bit confusing, so here is a simple conversion :

1000 MHz (Megahertz) = 1GHz (Gigahertz) = 1000,000,000 Cycles per second (or computer instructions).

Now you can see why they abbreviate it, could you imagine going to a PC store and asking for a one thousand million cycle PC please. A bit of a mouth full isn’t it?

So when buying a new computer always look for fastest you can afford. The fastest on the market at the time of writing this article is 3.1 GHz (3100 MHz). Remember though that it is not necessary to purchase such a fast processor, balance your needs, do you really need top of the range? Especially when the difference between a 2.8 GHz (2800 MHz) and a 3.1 GHz (3100 MHz) processor will be barely noticed (if noticed at all) by you, while the price difference is around  £100. With the money you save you could get a nice printer and scanner package.

Now that we have covered the speeds, there is one more important subject to cover. Which processor? There are 3 competitors at present, the AMD Athlon XP, Intel Pentium 4 and the Intel Celeron. 

The Intel Pentium 4 is the most expensive of them all, and remains today the most popular on the market. In layman’s terms it’s the designer processor. Personally I would purchase a Pentium 4 processor quicker than any of the others as I find it more reliable.

The AMD Athlon XP processor is a direct competitor to the Pentium 4, and if you want quality without the expense than this should be your choice. One thing to note though is that AMD lists its processor speeds at what it calls a comparable rating to the Intel Pentium 4. An example of this would be the 2200+ Athlon XP processor, which actually only runs at 1.8 GHz (1800 MHz). To me it feels like a bit of a rip off.

Lastly there is the Intel Celeron; this processor is a budget version of the Intel Pentium 4, the processor you find in most budget computers. If the purse is tight, and you need a computer, then this is your port of call. You will find many sub £500 computers fitted with this processor.


3  Virus threats


Have you checked your computer lately ?  Well we endeavor to keep your computer clean, check out the link below to help you check your computer, remember if you find a virus, read up on it before removing as you may find that there is registry settings or files that need replaced, to allow your computer to function correctly again.

Check out this link to read up on viruses, what they do and how to get rid of them.


4 Computer Jargon Explained


This month we are going to start explaining computer Jargon, this is very useful as, and when buying computer products. Imagine buying a new car and not knowing the difference between a tape player and a CD-Rom player, diesel and petrol or where to put water for the windows wipers. Knowing a little can help you go a long way.


Short for Accelerated Graphics Port, AGP is an advanced port designed for Video cards and 3D accelerators. The slot is usually brown and set further back into the motherboard than any of the other expansion slots.

Not all computers will have an AGP slot, some will have onboard AGP, which usually means you will not be able to upgrade in any significant way, especially for games or video and photo editing.


Shortened as GB, a Gigabyte is 1,024 Megabytes and is a measurement of a computer disk drive space.

An important note is to remember that hard drive manufacturers refer to a gigabyte at only 1,000 Megabytes, while computer software companies refer to it as 1,024 Megabytes. So when checking a hard drives size it can appear significantly lower than what you would have bought.

For example, if you bought an 80 GB Hard Drive, and you checked it within windows, then it would only appear as a 78 GB hard drive.


Short for Integrated Drive Electronics (IBM Disc Electronics), IDE is a standard for PC hard drive interfaces. IDE and its updated successor, Enhanced IDE (EIDE), are the most common drive interfaces found in modern day computers. An important note though is to remember that in modern day EIDE is now commonly spoken as just IDE.

The IDE connection can be found in desktop computers and is used to connect hard drives, CD-ROMs, DVD drives, CD writers, DVD writers etc etc.


Shortened as MB, MB is a common measurement of computer storage or the size of computer data. One MB is equal to 1,048,576 Bytes or 1,024 Kilobytes. As storage capacity becomes larger, MB is less commonly spoke of, when referring to hard drives, but still commonly used when buying memory, CD writers etc.


Short for Universal Serial BUS. This connection is used to connect external devices, like hard drives, printers, cameras and scanners. supports data transfer rates of 12 MBps (Megabytes per second) for USB 1.0 & 1.1 and transfer rates of 480 MBps for USB 2.0, it  is also capable of supporting up to 127 peripheral (external) devices.


5 Making the Most of Your Computer Part 1 - Running Scandisk

Last month was the last in the present series of Making the most of Internet Explorer. We are quite sure that this will return again soon. So this month we are starting the Making the most of Your Computer series. We hope you enjoy it, many subjects will be covered, from the most simple to advanced. Now lets begin.

To help keep your computer running well, it is important to run maintenance on parts of it, especially the hard drive. So this week we will take a quick look at running scandisk (hard drive and software basic maintenance program). Scandisk should be run at least once per month, to keep things running smoothly.

The best way to start scandisk is to double click on “My Computer”, then right click on the “C:” drive and select properties from the list that appears…

From the next menu select “Tools” and then “Check Now”

The scandisk screen will now appear, select all the boxes and click on “Start”. Scandisk will begin. Be warned this may take several hours, so don’t run it, if you are going to need the computer in a rush. Some people tend to run it over night or before they go to work.



6 Fixes and Tips of the Month


Microsoft Narrator for Windows XP

Want to hear your computer talk? Select Start, Programs, Accessories, Accessibility, Narrator. Or press the Windows key plus the letter "U" to open the Utility Manager. 

Microsoft Narrator, an accessibility option designed to assist readers who are blind or have impaired vision, starts automatically.

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Click OK and the Narrator options will appear. Assuming you want to leave Narrator running, select the desired options, then minimize its dialog box. 

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To turn Narrator off, maximize it and click the Exit button or right-click its taskbar item and select Close.

Check out for great Tips and Tricks


7  Online Gaming Part 5


What a giveaway! The full and complete Hidden and Dangerous 1 game, plus the official Devil's Bridge expansion pack and game editor. And don't say we never gave you anything!!

Released in the summer of 1999, the original Hidden and Dangerous was critically acclaimed by the games press, becoming a monumental hit around the world. So revolutionary was the title that it went on to inspire an entire generation of World War II and squad-based tactical shooters.

Gathering is now giving you the chance to play this mammoth game, in addition to the add-on mission pack 'Fight For Freedom' and the Game Editor absolutely gratis.

Hidden and Dangerous Deluxe For Free!

It's 1941. Your four-man squad has been shot down deep inside enemy territory. Stranded far from home you'll need all your reserves of cunning and concentration if you're going to command your team through Axis-infested Europe and escape unharmed. The odds are against you but if you think you have what it takes, you can take on the original Hidden and Dangerous at the link below, before tackling the next thrilling installment in this series, Hidden and Dangerous 2, due for release later this month.

Click here for download information

Find more great downloads, previews, and reviews at Benbik's Games Domain 


8  Guide to the Underground - Part 5


INTRODUCTION hopes to show you, why to avoid the underground of the Internet. You may have heard of serialz (serials or serial numbers), crackz (cracks or software crackz), warez (wares or war-ez (illegal software)), hackz (hacks), viruses and other key words used by these places. People involved in such trades call themselves pirates or hackers. 


The temptation of getting something for free can be great, but remember it is theft, and most of the time you are leaving yourself open to attack by those who participate in the trade.



Are MP3s Legal? MP3s are both legal and illegal. It is legal when the song's copyright holder has granted permission to download and play the song. However it is illegal to distribute or trade MP3s without permission from the song's copyright holder. So downloading a song from the internet without the permission of the copyright owner, is completely illegal. The record industry at present is coming down hard on file sharers and traders by taking individuals to court, blaming a downturn on record sales on file sharing on the web. 

On a personal thought though, I believe the downturn is more due to the amount of crap music now being created. Unfortunately though this does not make downloading any less illegal. No matter if the songs are crap or not, downloading and uploading copyrighted songs or music is completely illegal and could end up with a spell in court, and a hefty fine

On a brighter note though sites like and allow the sharing of MP3's from less heard of artists, who want you to download their MP3's. There are some great original acts here, so check them out...


9 Conclusion


Well hope you have enjoyed the sixth issue of this newsletter as much as I have enjoyed writing it. The newsletter has now been officially named WinRag, and a direct link to the site is

Remember you can view issue 1 to 5 from that link :

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