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How do I know which of the following computers is better? 

by on September 29, 2011

Q: Which computer specification is better?

Inspiron 1090
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Intel N550 Dual Core(1.5GHz,2x512K L2 Cache)
250GB Serial ATA (5400RPM)
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (1 DIMMs)
LCD Back Cover : Foggy Night Black
Back Up Media Not Included


Inspiron 1090
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 BIT)
Processor: Intel N570 Dual Core (1.66GHz, 2x512K L2 Cache) – WLAN Only
250GB Serial ATA (5400RPM)
2 GB DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz (1 DIMMs)
LCD Back Cover : Foggy Night Black
Back Up Media Not Included



How do I figure out what hardware is in my computer? 

by on November 17, 2010

Q: I’m trying to buy a new computer better than the one I’m using right now. I can’t find the specs on my current computer though to compare it etc.

windows vista home premium

processor: pentium dual core cpu t4200 @ 2.00 GHz

memory (RAM): 3.00 GB

system type: 32 bit operating system

I’m trying to find out what type of graphics card I have and stuff like that… idk much about that type of stuff. and I’m looking for a gaming computer, but wanting to go low end since limited budget. I play a lot of MMORPG’s and stuff so I need better computer. could you explain to me how to find my more detailed information on computer, and tell me what type of stuff would change how well a game will run on computer, tell what kind of stuff I need, etc etc etc. please help! all information you can give me is well appreciated! thanks in advance!


Best PC for graphic design and video editing? 

by on February 9, 2010

Q: When building a PC from scratch, and assuming that said PC will be used full time for graphic design and video editing, What are the recommended requirements for a “solid build” (very responsive even while running multiple applications such as After Effects, Premiere, etc)?

Heavy RAM? SSD? etc


Will my computer run Modern Warfare 2? 

by on February 9, 2010

Q: Will my computer run Modern Warfare 2? I have a:

4GB, DDR3, 1333MHz 2 Dimm
Intel Core i7 820QM 1.73GHz (3.06GHz Turbo Mode, 8MB Cache)
ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4670 1GB


What are the essential hardware components to running an operating system? 

by on October 9, 2009

Q: What is essential to run an Operating system? Is it only a hard drive to store the operating system and a processor to run it?


What specs should I be looking for in a computer as someone about to start college to become a software engineer? 

by on September 15, 2009

Q: I am going to college to become a Software Systems Engineer. What I would like to know is if you have any suggestions as to what kind of computer I should get or at least what some of the specs I might want to have. For example which processor and which sound and video cards and what type(s) of drives and CD burners etc. I would greatly appreciate an answer to this question because I have done lots of searching and have really found nothing of import.


New Drive Missing In My Computer 

by on February 8, 2008

Q: I am in the process of buying a computer and the guy I am trying to buy it from says that it has 512GB  hard drive but when I went to My computer and clicked on C: Drive it says that it only has 30.1GB. He says that he just put in a larger one and it won’t show up under My Computer. How do I find this “Missing” information? It is a HP running on Windows XP 2000.

A: The first thing I would suggest would be to check the Device Manager to make sure that the drive is showing up there. If you right click on the My Computer icon and select the Hardware tab you should see the Device Manager button.

Select that button and choose the Disk Drives and make sure that the drive is listed there.

I would then double click on the name of the drive and see if the device status shows that it is working properly.

If everything checks out there then I would try the following:

1. Right click My computer and select Manage.

2. Click on Disk Management.

In the right hand window you should see all of your drives with their drive letter.

If you see a drive listed but without a drive letter that is likely to be your “missing” drive. To gain access try the following:

1. Right click the drive and select Change Drive Letter and Paths.

2. Click the Change button.

3. Select a Drive letter and click Ok.

Now check My Computer for the drive.


Computer Shuts Off After New Hardware Installed 

by on January 22, 2008

Q: I have installed a new motherboard (XFX nforce 681i SLI motherboard. I bought a Seagate 400GHz SATA hard drive to install as my second hard drive. I connect the data transfer cable and the power cable. When I power up the machine, all the lights blink and everything shuts down immediately. A friend has said that there is something wrong in the BIOS. Can someone help me to get this second hard drive installed and working properly? I am running Windows XP if that makes a difference on anything.

A: You probably have a short somewhere in your hardware setup or a bad component. Disconnect and reconnect everything and check for any loose cables or bare wires touching the case. Also, see if the system boots up without that new hard drive installed, as it is possible the hard drive came defective.