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2 Inside your PC Part 2 - The
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.
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 :
MHz (Megahertz) = 1GHz (Gigahertz) = 1000,000,000 Cycles per second (or
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
image to enlarge
Click OK and the Narrator options will appear. Assuming
you want to leave Narrator running, select the desired options, then
minimize its dialog box.
image to enlarge
To turn Narrator off, maximize it and click the Exit button or
right-click its taskbar item and select Close.
Check out www.tipsdr.com
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
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.
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
here for download information
Find more great downloads, previews, and reviews at Benbik's
8 Guide to the Underground -
hopes to show you, why to avoid the underground
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 www.mp3.com and http://www.vitaminic.com
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....
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