Need help with your PC?

You've come to the right place.

Well, sort of. I don't really want to send the message that this will be the Holy Grail of all tech help sites -far from it, I'd just like to help PC users in anyway I can.

If you've got a problem and you don't have the time to search for the solution in the numerous tech support forums found online, try dropping a post here and we'll see what we can do.

I hope I can help.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Running Win 7, won't be looking back.

Hi everyone.

Despite the initial skepticism I had prior to installing the Beta of Windows 7, here I am, three weeks into running it on our Laptop and I have to say: I'm impressed!

I like the intuitive new features like the Superbar as well as the invisible windows feature. This feels more sprightly compared to Vista and it actually eats less resources. Gaming on Red Alert 3 has improved, albeit an average of an FPS or two, but that in itself shows that there is something going on with the WDDM 1.1 drivers.

I appreciate how the new boot sequence looks like and how the start menu items each have their own recent documents list.

I have noticed that the batteries run out fast on this Beta though. On Vista, I used to put the lappy to sleep for three, even four days and when I resume, it has only taken around 5% off of the power, whereas now, if I leave it on sleep for even 6 hours, it would've taken off the same amount.

There is a nice "Send Feedback" link on each window beside the control boxes and this makes it easy for me to let MS know exactly how I feel about this Beta.

I'll be writing more as I test the programs I usually use on a Daily basis and see if there are any issues cropping up.

I wonder how I'll cope when the Beta ends on August. For sure, I'll be one of those who'll be preordering Windows 7. :)

Monday, January 5, 2009

Windows 7 :Vista SP2 in disguise?

There has been talk on the net that Microsoft's latest follow-up to Vista, which it calls Windows 7, is but Vista SP2 repackaged.

Based on the Engineering Windows 7 blog, this may not be true, but based on some people who have the beta of Win7 (which we can't verify if it is legal or not), they don't see much difference between the two OSes, GUI-wise. Sure, they mention better over-all performance but it might as well be what SP2 did to XP, which gave it a better performance in addition to security.

What gives me an inkling that there is a different configuration under the hood is the numerous people looking for device drivers after installing beta Win7s - that hints on a different OS, since if it was the same as Vista, then the existing Vista drivers would have sufficed.

Anyway, it is not for me to judge whether or not the speculations are true, but I am excited about this OS. I have been following the E7 blog ever since it started last August and it would be an understatement to say I'm very stoked about the features and improvements being incorporated into it.

It would be great to know your thoughts about this, too.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Wishing you all...

...a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

A new beginning.

Hello everyone.

I just had an idea of putting up this blog in order to broaden the range of people I may be able to help.

Prior to this, I have a blog for people whose laptops have the Intel X3100 graphics solution. With all the people that it was reaching our to and helping, I decided to share whatever knowledge I've gleaned from my 10 years in IT, building and maintaining PCs, troubleshooting both hardware and software and try to give any help to those in need of it.

These days, you seldom get stuff for free. Break something, and someone, somewhere will want to charge you for fixing it.

I learned most of my stuff the old-fashioned way: through apprenticeship. Back when I was a kid, my uncle (who always had the latest, top-of-the-line PC) always had a tech upgrade his machine. Whenever the tech came, I'd be there to observe and then the tech would give me pointers every now and then, allowing me to help replace parts, update drivers and so forth.

I am now giving it back to the community in the form of this blog. If you experience a PC problem and need some help, post it here and let's see what we can do to solve it.

Now for the obligatory disclaimer:

This site is put up for free information to all those who need it. Every tip found herein has worked in more than one computer system but that may not be a guarantee that it will work for you.

As always, the necessary precautions are advised to be taken before you apply any of the instructions found herein. The blog owner, contributors, and the publisher cannot not be held responsible for the loss of data and/or income arising from implementation of such tips.

There. Now that we have that out of the way, rest assured all tips will be screened for accuracy and safety. I will have the blog set up so that posts will need to be moderated before being posted.

The PC is one big mix of pros and cons, for us who know it by heart, it is mostly pros, but for others, they experience the opposite. The PC gives one the freedom to choose your own components, according to your needs. You can start with a simple, cheap, but capable system then later upgrade it gradually by adding/replacing certain components like the video card, the sound card, the memory, the processor, the hard drives, the optical drives, the power supply, and heck, even the motherboard itself.

For all these conveniences and possible combinations, therein lies the cons: with all these combinations possible, there will always be issues with device compatability, driver compatability, and so forth. Throughout these years, I've learned that there is usually a generic solution to a problem but some problems need a specific solution -one which is almost always unavailable to the usual end-user. This is where this blog comes in.

We'll try to make this blog a lot like Handy Manny (the Playhouse Disney Cartoon show):

"You break it, we'll fix it".