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Issue 7

 (c), Mark Walmsley 2003

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Welcome to issue 7 with over 7000 members. Halloween is over and believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. It is going to be a busy month for us all. Remember if you know anyone who may spend Christmas alone, spend a moment and call around. Better yet invite them around for a seasonal drink, and sign them up for this newsletter, what a perfect present..... 

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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.

Memory 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.

The 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.

Most 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.

So 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 chips.

So 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 manual.

In general though most new computers should be Ok with two 256mb chips of memory, but it is best confirming this before buying.

Finally, 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 then


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


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.


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 page.

Any Key 

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

In 1945, 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 Part 2


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 Check and Removal )

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 virus.

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 month.....................


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 wrong?

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  • 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 and snow.
  • Players can grow special monsters that help characters in game.
  • Player animations include unique emotional expressions such as smiling, crying, clapping, dancing, and more.

System Requirements

- Minimum Requirements:
Memory: 64MB of RAM
CPU: Pentium II 300 MHz
Video Card: 8MB 3D Acceleration Card

- Recommended:
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.

Click here for movies and more information 


8  Guide to the Underground - Part 6


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.


VIRUSES (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


Viruses 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.


This is 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)


Virus 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 Check and Removal


The 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 ignored.

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 your cooperation.

Viruses Suck and so say all of us.......

9 Conclusion


Well that's it for this month, next issue will be that last of the year so see you all then.

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