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How to Find a Laptop With Good Hardware Configuration

It is the tendency of people to make sure that they get the best deal or offer in every purchase that they make and it is the same with laptops too. Everyone wants to get the best configuration in their laptop for bargain prices. This can be hard as the inclusion of latest hardware and software into laptops tend to be costly and it causes an increase in overall price of the laptop.

A Laptop is configured for entertainment, office, travel, study and other purposes. For entertainment and gaming purposes, laptops are given more processing power, more memory and a high quality screen which enables you to enjoy your movies and videos in the best possible way and provide an immersive gaming experience along with high definition speaker output. The office users, people who travel a lot and students need laptops which satisfy their basic entertainment purposes and it should be fairly portable. They also need good battery backup stretching to about 7 – 8 hours.

Those people who want to use their laptop as a desktop replacement require top of the line hardware options along with the extra goodies (such as fully-fledged connectivity options and speaker output along with great ease of use). Many famous brands have come out with ideas to configure a laptop according to one’s wish. This enables us to buy the laptop we configured and with the degree of convenience it offers to each customer, it is getting very popular.

One can find laptops having decent configuration with prices ranging from 550$ to 800$ in the market. Some of the major features include the presence of an entry level processor which offers a good mix between performance and efficiency such as Intel Core i3 series along with a memory capacity of about 4 GB, and increased storage capacities ranging from 320 GB to 1 TB. The preferred display is WXGA resolution (1366 * 768) and the ideal screen size is between 13.3 and 15.6 inches (super TFT).

It is better to have an integrated graphics card as it is cheaper than a dedicated graphics card and it is useful for basic operations and provides great value for money. The optical drive recommended is DVD super multi drive although if you are willing to pay a bit more money, you can get an advanced Blu-ray drive which is capable of high definition video playback. It is being touted as the next big thing in the entertainment sector.

It is not very important that your laptop have all the latest specifications for satisfying your needs. It should deliver where it matters i.e. it should be able to provide great performance coupled with great power and efficiency. Since the prices of laptops vary with respect to changing hardware prices, it is always better to compare the prices of various brands before making the ultimate decision.

How to Maintain and Clean Your PC

In this article I will show you how to clean your PC hardware and software. You need the following material before we start:

Software

  • Internet access
  • Administrative rights

Hardware

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Tissue or a similar item
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Air Duster
  • Thermal Paste

Maintaining Software and Windows Environment

Always keep your anti-virus up-to-date. A virus or malware could do much more damage than anything else to your windows. For example recently a virus has been spread by scammers, which lock your computer and demands $50 in the name of Celas. The following is the Celas respond:

“Statement on computer locking scam – 12th April 2012

CELAS has been alerted to the fact that some internet users have had their computers blocked after watching videos online with a message from ourselves saying they would need to pay £50 to have their computer unlocked.

This is an internet virus or scam and has nothing to do with CELAS or the police. We are currently investigating this issue.

We advise internet users to:

  • Not make any payment to have your computer unlocked
  • Update their anti-virus and firewall software
  • Alert their internet service provider if this problem persists”

One of the leading PC cleaners is called CCleaner. This is a simple too for cleaning temp folders and registry. You can download this program from its website. Furthermore it provides you with disk defragment tool which could be used to defrag hard drives and open up more spaces. You should at least run a defragment test once every three month. Occasionally you might open up to 17% of your hard drive space which could be few gigabytes.

Another important factor in keeping your windows healthy is run heavy programs solo. For example if you are running games, close as many background programs as possible. Firefox is a good example. It occupies big portion of your random access memory which slows down your game.

Maintaining Hardware

To maintain hardware you should be able to open your PC case and access and electronic devices. This is possible if your warranty is avoided. Make sure you don’t have liquids around when you open the case because electronic devices are very sensitive and you can break them pretty easy. Open the case by unscrewing your case. There are different levels of maintenance. We will go through all levels however you can choose how many levels to clean.

Level 1

Use a vacuum cleaner and hoover all your case. Make sure you go over fans and clean them perfectly. Keeping your PC temperature low is one of the most important factors in keeping PC healthy. Make sure you vacuum CPU fan perfectly because it tends to gather lots of dust. Use an air duster to clean dust from your electrical devices such as motherboard.

Take your memory (RAM) out and hoover their slots. Making sure the slots are perfectly clean. Put them back in with caution. Memories are very vulnerable therefore you should be very careful with them.

Level 2

This level is mainly about cleaning your CPU and motherboard. If you haven’t accessed you CPU before watch a tutorial video online and be very careful. Open your CPU fan and take it out. Put some rubbing alcohol on a tissue or similar item and rub over the CPU until all the current thermal paste is gone and cleaned. Do the same procedure on the back of your CPU fan to make sure it is clean.

Put Fresh thermal paste (You can buy online or from any electronic shop) on the middle of your CPU and use a card to spread it around evenly. Now put your fan back on carefully so you don’t mess the thermal paste. This paste eliminates space between the fan and the CPU making it much more efficient. If you system does not boot well or is laggy afterwards you have not put enough paste on your CPU.

Level 3

This level is not recommended for people who are not familiar with PC hardware structure and are unable to assemble a PC together. Unscrew your motherboard and Power supply. Take them out of the case and clean them properly. (Using air duster and vacuum cleaner) Check over your motherboard capacitors to make sure there isn’t anything on top. (like a paste. This shows the capacitor is damaged) If that is the case you should consider replacing the capacitor or the motherboard.

Hoover the power supply fan. If it is possible open the power supply and clean inside it. They usually tend to gather a lot of dust. After this process put everything back inside and enjoy your faster computer.

I hope this article has been useful to you. I would be happy to answer all of your questions. Please comment us your opinion.

How to Burn Wii Games the Successful Way

Everybody dreads of a day when their favorite Wii game is no longer able to be read on their Wii console. Don’t fret! Its every gamer’s nightmare actually. Fortunately there’s a solution. Its called ” Backing up your Wii games”. Most of the time, the game that we play regularly is eventually the one that stops working or gets spoilt. This concept of Backing up is very important since Wii game discs tend to stop working after repeated usage. It can be done in a few simple steps that will ensure that you never have to worry about your Game CD’s getting damaged.

To start this copying process, we require some basic hardware and a single software. That’s about it! If you have purchased your PC in the recent times, it’s almost guaranteed that you will have an in-built DVD writer in it. If not, go get one off eBay. They’re pretty cheap and definitely come in handy for these type of jobs. Next go get a pack of Blank DVD-R’s. That’s basically the hardware part of it.

Now for the software part of it. You are going to require a game copying software, since ordinary burning software like ashampoo, nero, etc cannot get the job done. Once it is installed, you need to make a copy of the game that you need to back up. So just insert the game disc and the software will automatically make an image of it. Next, just pop in a blank DVD-R and the rest is a piece of cake, really!. Your new game disc will now work without any problems and can be played on any Wii console.

Hence you can make innumerable copies of your favorite games. No need to worry about scratched discs anymore! You can now make back-ups of your favorite Wii games and play without any fear of wrecking your favorite game! Good Luck!