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2 Inside your PC Part 3 - The Memory
Continuing with the “Inside Your
Computer” series, this week we will look at memory. Memory is simply a
part of your computer which has information uploaded to it temporarily,
allowing instant access. The more memory you have the more information
that can be uploaded, enhancing your computers performance.
comes in many shapes and sizes, and has changed throughout the history of
computers. For the sake of simplicity I will only cover memory sold with
computers in today’s market.
memory sold today is called DDR. It is broken into two main groups. DDR
184-Pin DIMMs, (Desktop computer memory) and DDR 200 Pin SoDIMM
(Laptop/Notebook memory). The DDR 200-Pin SoDIMM memory is available in
one speed (2100) and is usually half the physical size of its counterpart,
whereas the DDR 184-Pin DIMM comes in several speeds (2100, 2700 and
3200). The picture below shows a DDR 184-Pin DIMM.
desktop computers sold in today’s market will be sold only with DDR2100
(this is how you abbreviate DDR 184-Pin DIMMs running at 2100), and it
best not to mix with the faster types (DDR2700, or DDR3200) which can
cause instability within your computer. If you decide to change to the
higher speed memory remember to replace all of it.
now that you know about different sizes and types, the next thing you need
to know the sizes. DDR memory comes in 64mb, 128mb, 256mb, 512mb and 1gb
how much memory can you install? Well unfortunately this is down to the
motherboard installed in your computer. There is three ways to find out,
phone the manufacturer of your computer, look up the motherboard
manufacturers website, and if you are lucky check out the motherboard
general though most new computers should be Ok with two 256mb chips of
memory, but it is best confirming this before buying.
this memory can be installed a chip at a time, some people still carry the
old belief that you have to install two of the same or it won’t work.
Don’t worry as that was along time ago, and PC’s have changed since
3 Virus threats
Latest virus threat is the W32.Randex.AD which is a network-aware
worm that attempts to connect to a predetermined IRC server to receive
instructions from its author. Click
here for more info.
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.
An application developed by
Adobe to create and read PDF (Files with .pdf at the end of the file name)
these files are designed to retain the exact layout of a document or Web
Is the central theme of a joke
in the computer business about instructions that say you should
"press any key" when there is no such thing as an "ANY
KEY" on the keyboard. But what key should you press if you're told to
"press any key?" Hit the Shift key or the down arrow key. Don't
press the Spacebar or Enter keys as these may accidentally be tapped
twice, causing the next step to proceed without any inputs.
A PC processor manufactured by
AMD, is the direct competitor for Intel's Pentium. Like the Pentium,
constantly being upgraded. You will often see a number such as 2700
following the word Athlon, which is a rough measure of the processor's
speed - the higher the number, the faster the chip. The most recent chip
is the Athlon XP.
An error in hardware or
software that causes it to malfunction or crash.
The first Computer bug
LTJG Grace Murray was working on the Harvard University Mark II Aiken
Relay Calculator. While testing Mark II due to a malfunction, a moth
was found trapped between points at Relay #70, Panel F on 9
September. The operators removed and affixed the moth to the
computer log, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being
found." They put out the word that they had
"debugged" the machine, thus introducing the term
"debugging a computer program."
5 Making the Most of Your Computer
To help keep your computer running well, it
is important to run maintenance on parts of it, especially the hard drive.
Last week we looked at Scandisk, this week we will continue with the same
theme and show you how to run Defrag ( Defrag is a process used to
rearrange file storage on a disk so that files are not scattered across
the surface of the disk. Defragmented files load more efficiently). Defrag
should be run at least once per month, to keep things running smoothly.
The best way to start Defrag 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 “Defragment Now”
The Disk Defragmenter screen will now appear,
Click on Analyze. This will check your drives and will only take a few
seconds. If your result shows a lot of red like mine (see picture below)
then click on "Defragment" to continue) 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.
Once completed, shut down and use your computer everything
should be that bit smoother.
6 Fix your Slow Computer Part 1
Is your computer running slow ? well this month we will
briefly look at resolving this issues.
There are several reasons that your computer is running
slow and laggy. Over the next few months we will look at the most common
ones, in the hope of saving you a reinstall of Windows.
The most popular slow culprit, and you may not be
surprised of what it is, yes a Virus. Simple solution, remove it and
remove it correctly. You may now be getting fed up listening to us
ramble on about these pesky little critters, but it does show how
important the subject is. Protect you computer, always update and remove
as per instructed from the Ant-Virus programs website. I find Norton's
website to be one of the best.
So your computer is running slow, run an online virus
scan ( Online
If it finds a virus, note the same and do
search on the web for "VIRUS NAME" removal. Read carefully how
its done, especially settings in the registry that need adjusted or
files that need replaced. Print out the instructions. Follow them to the
letter, you can still use the online virus checker to get rid of the
So you haven't found a virus, or you have
removed it and your computer is still running slow, then you may have
too much adware working from you computer.
More on this next
7 Online Gaming Part 6
Savage Eden: The Battle for Laghaim
Feudal MMORPG to launch this month in America. Can 1,000,000 Koreans be
Click on Images to enlarge
- Savage Eden: The Battle for Laghaim will be launched by
iEntertainment Network for closed Beta play on 14 November 2003. The
original game, Laghaim in Asia, is developed by one of the foremost
game companies in Korea and has over 1,000,000 registered users.
Now, this extremely popular and successful game is coming to the
Americas in a new and improved version! Laghaim in Asia operates
with over 50,000 current users and generated sales of over $1
million USD in its first two weeks of commercial operation
- Savage Eden: The Battle for Laghaim is the US version of the
highly successful game Laghaim, which has received numerous awards
and rave reviews throughout Asia for its content and unique game
play elements. Savage Eden: The Battle for Laghaim, has many new
upgrades to the original game including:
- Unique Feudal system, which allows players to build and protect
their own Castles - collect taxes from your subjects.
Unique Multi-weapons systems from swords to futuristic Laser Guns!
- Personal Androids that must be cultivated to enable player
assistance, power, and assistance in player mission accomplishment.
- Excellent 3-Dimensional Art, Characters, and Buildings;
- Fascinating monsters; great huge playing maps; and the biggest
list of desirable Role Playing features of all role-playing games.
- Might, Magic, Spells, Quests, Extensive Character Development,
Trading, Alliances, and Battling Guilds and Klans.
- Expansive game world that can support over 10 million players.
- Game environment changes from day to night; even the shadows
change in length based on the time of day. Also players will
experience changes in the weather, such as varying amounts of rain
- Players can grow special monsters that help characters in game.
- Player animations include unique emotional expressions such as
smiling, crying, clapping, dancing, and more.
- Minimum Requirements:
Memory: 64MB of RAM
CPU: Pentium II 300 MHz
Video Card: 8MB 3D Acceleration Card
Memory : 128MB of RAM
CPU : Pentium III 800 MHz
Video Card : 32MB 3D Acceleration Card
* In addition, you
must have an internet connection, the latest version graphic card
drivers and DirectX version 8.0 or better installed on your computer.
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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.
(VIRII) - What is a computer virus ? "A parasitic
program written intentionally to enter a computer without the users permission
or knowledge. The word parasite is used because a virus attaches to files or
boot sectors and replicates itself, thus continuing to spread. Though some
virus's do little but replicate others can cause serious damage or effect
program and system performance. A virus should never be assumed harmless and
left on a system." -Symantec
are written by rogue programmers for reasons only known to themselves,
they cause millions, if not billions of dollars in damage to computers
and businesses every year, don't underestimate them, and never allow a
virus to reside on your computer, as your own security privacy and performance
can and will be effected.
one of the darker sides of the internet, which can and more than
likely will effect all of us at some stage is our computer using
lifetime. Protection is important and using firewalls and anti-virus
programs go along way to defeating them. (If kept up to date)
Hoaxes are another serious threat, never listen to someone who says
you have a virus, and tells you to delete certain files. More than
likely these files are important to your computer and are not infected
at all. Many emails rotate with these Hoaxes, if you get one even from
a friend, do a virus check, with an up to date virus scanner ( or
online here Online
following is an example of a hoax (actually I think this one was a
joke, but you'll get the idea)
The Irish Virus is a hoax and it should be
Greetings, You have just received the "IRISH VIRUS". As we
don't have any programming experience, this Virus works on the honour
system. Please delete all the files on your hard drive manually and
forward this Virus to everyone on your mailing list. Thank you for
Viruses Suck and so say all of us.......
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