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How to Find Out What Hardware You Own Using Free Tools

Detecting hardware you own has become very important. It’s good to know what hardware you own when you’re installing your drivers as well as when you’re updating them. Because how can you determine which drivers you need without the knowledge of what devices they are supposed to work with? Additionally, this specific knowledge comes handy when you want to install new operating system like Linux (Ubuntu is getting more and more popular among people these days.) Furthermore, it’s good to keep in mind names of your hardware when you buy or even consider buying new software or new computer components, because it just might be that the new piece of hardware you bought won’t work with your existing computer set or that awesome game won’t run smoothly because your graphic card is too old. For all those reasons it’s crucial to know your hardware.

The problem is how to detect it if you’ve lost all those boxes and leaflets that came with it. You need to know it’s doable and it can be done using only free tools.

1. Device Manager
Every modern Windows includes this tool. Device Manager is an app that lists all the hardware you’ve installed. You can very easily access all the information about your hardware using that tool. To run it in Windows Vista or 7 open Start Menu up and start typing “device manager”. You’ll find it very easily. Should you own Windows XP and earlier do as follows: right click “My Computer” icon, click “Properties”, navigate to Hardware and then click “Device Manager”. Congratulations, you’ve found it!

The problem is that Device Manager lists only hardware which is already installed. That means, when you’re looking for a driver for a component you’ve just bought and haven’t installed it yet, it won’t help you a bit. Should you have this problem, don’t worry. Just read on.

2. Speccy
I write here about Speccy because it’s a tool which I’ve recommended for a long time, since I was (ands till am) in love with CCleaner and Defraggler, tools I use almost every day. Since the same guys who created those two apps also created Speccy I tried it and used it for a while and thought a world of it, at the beginning. I don’t anymore.

There’s just one problem with Speccy, it doesn’t recognize all the hardware. That’s why I encourage you not to try this tool, although many people recommend it. Although I have recommended it for a while.

3. PC Wizard
PC Wizard is the tool I use to detect hardware. It is updated fairly often and has never failed me. It always recognizes all the components which scanned computer consists of. It’s very easy to use and it’s not ugly. It’s also not beautiful but computer apps don’t need to be beautiful. They need to get the job done, that’s it.

All you need to do is go to PC Wizard’s homepage, download it and install. Then open it and run a quick test after which the app will provide you with list of all the hardware your computer consists of. You’re good to go now.

How to Save Money on Gaming

Gaming systems and games are pretty costly nowadays. Fortunately, there are ways to bring down the costs significantly. Here are some ways to save on both quality computer or video games, and the systems that they run on.

Go Old

Instead of buying the latest games as they are released, you can save a lot of money by choosing last month’s or even last year’s games and game systems. You will often see up to fifty percent mark-down on these products, just by waiting a few months!

The Computer Gaming System That’s Right For You

When it comes to computer gaming, start with what you have. Computer games have various system requirements, and finding fun games that are supported by your current system will be cheaper than buying a whole new computer! You can also save money by upgrading games instead of your entire computer.

If you have a decent computer and fairly modern graphics card, you can choose games that will run on your system. Just be careful to check the minimum system requirements of a game against your system’s “specs” before you buy a game.

Saving on a New Gaming Computer

If your computer is really old, you may need to upgrade your hardware or get a new system. Here you can still save, by not buying “state of the art” or “cutting edge” hardware. Just get a system that matches, or slightly exceeds, the minimum requirements of the games you want to play.

Pooling Your Resources

Here’s a different idea that you could try for saving money on gaming. Talk to your neighbors and get a group of families to pitch in and share the costs together.

Since gaming consoles are getting smaller and smaller, your neighbors could trade gaming space within their homes every week or two.

A group effort of this sort can make a lot of kids happy, bring together neighbors for cooperation and fun, and satisfy game cravings at a significantly reduced cost per family.

Why Risk With Home Business Internet Marketing Ventures?

Blame it on Robert Kiyosaki and other enterprising people who built their future and fortune by getting into business. Nowadays, most people maintain a positive outlook that the way to a better life is by establishing a business. Well, actually there is nothing wrong with encouraging people to delve into business. After all, more businesses in a country mean that there is a greater chance of making that country’s economy stronger. That is why as days go by, more and more people are turning to home business internet marketing options to augment their monthly income.

And the good thing that comes with the changing environment and societal landscape is that people are able to take advantage of the platform that the internet provides. It has been used since time immemorial to support human activities such as shopping and paying of bills (there are now online shops and online payment of utility bills), why not utilize it in setting up a business?

Online marketing seems to be the best idea that was conceptualized at the turn of the century. The next thing people know is that eBay and Amazon are already selling things on the internet, both brand new and hand-me-downs. Soon, other companies also utilized the internet to expand their operations. Fast food restaurants now have online ordering systems, flowers can now be purchased online and have it delivered to whomever it is intended for, and also online boutiques set up by individuals who might be manufacturing their own products for sale or simply reselling things that they bought on bulk.

Home business internet marketing may appear in various forms. Some people make their own products using their house as a workplace. This is true especially among people who want to establish small-scale businesses with the internet as a medium for ordering. Chefs and cooks are already exploring the possibility of marketing the food they cook online. People who make homemade soaps or liquid detergents can also market their products online. And even garage sales can now take place in the internet.

With this kind of sideline job, people are able get additional income without leaving their current occupation. And the beauty of online marketing is that it is not as time consuming as setting up a business by renting a physical office and selling wares over there. With an online store, all that businessmen need to do is to find a nice website name, take a picture of their products, post the price for each product, and wait for people to respond to the advertisements in various websites. The business person can attend to the responses after he gets home from his day job. This gives people the leeway they need to continue their occupation while starting a new business.

With the following strengths of a home business internet marketing activity, it is definitely a must-try for people in need of another income-generating venture. There are many kinds of online business that can be set up-all that entrepreneurs have to worry about is in choosing which one to implement.