A new OS needs a new system restore disk

Subject: General Tech | February 2, 2010 - 12:16 PM |
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Much to the dismay of companies like Acronis and Norton, every single version of Windows 7 comes with a built in system image disk utility.  Hidden away in the Control Panel, under System and Maintenance is a Backup and Restore icon which gives you access to the utility.  The first time you use it you run the Set up backup to create your first image and specify its location, after that the back up is incremental, Windows 7 will back up the changes to your system, not require you to invest the time needed to make a new image.  You can also create a system repair disk from the sam

Be Thermaltake's Valentine and get a chance to win one of 3 pink SFF systems

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:32 PM |
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If you are looking for a little something for Valentine's Day, then Thermaltake can help you.  They have a contest that will give you a chance at winning one of three small form factor PCs with some solid hardware inside and a Valentine's Day theme on the outside.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and read through the rules so that you don't miss your chance.

Source: Thermaltake

This receiver will run you more than your HTPC

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 01:19 PM |
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If you have spent a large amount of time and money putting together your dream HTPC, along with investing in a large screen HDTV and numerous speakers to support your 7.1 Blu-ray habit, spending just a bit of money on a multimedia receiver will cripple your enjoyment.  If you want to go enthusiast you should familiarize yourself with the high end of stereo components.  Take the Marantz SR6004 for instance, with an incredibly wide variety of inputs and features like the ability to upscale any signal to 1080p and output it through one of its two HDMI connections using on-board video pr

A change of process; it is all about trimming off those nanometres

Subject: General Tech | February 1, 2010 - 12:05 PM |
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Monday has greeted us with the news of changes in several areas of PC component manufacturing.  The first is more than a simple announcement, it includes video and pictures of Allyn's visit to a joint Intel and Micron fab in Lehi, Utah.  You will see some jealousy inspiring shots of dies as well as videos covering the technology behind the making of flash memory.  If you just want to jump to the juicy bits, then we are talking about SSDs becoming higher capacity and lower cost in the near future, though speed jumps will not happ

Celebrating 124 years of traffic

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 06:53 PM |
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At the PC Perspective Forums there is really no such thing as a dumb question, the world of tech is large and everyone will run into things they've never seen.  Taking a two week holiday you run a good chance of missing a generation change in some sort of component.  For instance, how many of you knew about this little piece of kit from Lucid and could answer questions about it?  The point of our forums is to offer you a place where

Intel tries a fast one: Diamondville and Pine Trail

Subject: General Tech | January 29, 2010 - 12:06 PM |
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We are seeing a move towards the core when it comes to computers, where once even heavy duty floating point math was handled by a separate coprocessor, we now see controllers for memory and PCIe buses merged into a single chip.  AMD pulled it off well when they moved the memory controller on board and Intel's Westmere has dropped the price on motherboards with its new integrated bus controller.

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These kids and their mulit-touch gaming Surface

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 12:12 PM |
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Back in the days when pen and paper were king and LCDs were limited to your watch, the sound of people gaming involved dice rolling not keyboards clicking.  Then came the days of Origins and SSI and gamers started migrating to a new platform.  For those who miss those days when role playing meant a bit more than clicking dialogue options, Microsoft Surface and the boys at SurfaceScape have a little something for you.  Surface, if you do not recall is a new bit of tech from Microsoft, a combi

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AMD's mobility 5830 has some troubles making it out the door

Subject: General Tech | January 27, 2010 - 11:50 AM |
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The new mobile graphics chipset from AMD, the 5830 has a small problem with the circuitry on its PCB according to DigiTimes.  This explains the delay in its launch as the scheduled date of release was earlier this week; they are now hoping for a February launch.  The problems source seems a bit of a surprise, the 5830 is a 40nm process chip after all.  This is not going to apply to discreet graphics cards, it is only the mobility boards based off of the new chip that are having issues.

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EVGA Launches PC Gaming Site

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 10:00 PM |
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Today EVGA has done the PC gaming community a service by launching a site dedicated to just that - PC gaming! Right now they are hosting a TF2 tournament where you will be able to win (presumably) EVGA gear and other good stuff.

They also host game servers playing TF2, L4D 1 and 2, CS:Source, and Shattered Horizon. For your voice chat needs, they also have Ventrilo and Team Speak servers.

Visit http://www.evga.com/gaming/ for all the information.

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Vibro; an audio trick in a box

Subject: General Tech | January 26, 2010 - 02:54 PM |
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The bgears Vibro USB Speaker is an odd little beast, a $30, 1/2lb cube with a USB plug that claims to be a set 2.1 speakers.  Looking at it, there is no power cord, no audio plugs and most strange of all is the lack of any speakers.  You use it by plugging in the USB cord to your PC, letting your computer recognize it, and placing it on a flat surface like your desk.  The interior speaker then vibrates that surface that is ho